The Audit Committee is responsible for monitoring the statutory auditing and reporting process of the financial statements and consolidated financial statements, and for overseeing the veracity of Sampo Group's financial statements and the financial reporting process.
Furthermore, the Audit Committee is responsible for evaluating the auditors' and auditing firm's professional competence and independence and particularly their provision of related services to Sampo Group, and for preparing proposals to the Annual General Meeting concerning the auditors' election and their fees. The Committee also oversees the actions of the auditors under the laws of Finland, monitors the auditors' invoicing for audit and non-audit services as deemed appropriate, monitors the efficiency of the Group's internal control, internal audit and risk management systems, and monitors the Group's risks and the quality and scope of risk management. In addition, the Committee approves the internal audit action plan, monitors the internal audit's reporting, monitors the fulfillment of risk policies, the use of limits and the development of profit in various business areas, oversees the preparation of and compliance with risk management policies and other related guidelines, and reviews the description of the main features of the internal control and risk management systems pertaining to the financial reporting process, which is included in the company's Corporate Governance Statement. The Committee also evaluates the compliance with laws and regulations in Sampo Group and executes any other duties that may be bestowed upon it by the Board.
The Committee comprises at least three members elected from among those Board members who do not hold executive positions in Sampo and are independent of the company. Also participating in the meetings of the Committee are the Responsible Auditor, Group CEO, Group CFO, Group Chief Audit Executive, the member of the Group Executive Committee responsible for risk control and Group Chief Risk Officer.
In 2011, the Chairman of the Audit Committee was Christoffer Taxell, and the other members were Adine Grate Axén (as of 14 April 2011) Tom Berglund (until 14 April 2011) and Jukka Pekkarinen. Also participating in the meetings were the Auditor's representative, Group CEO, Group CFO, Group Chief Risk Officer, Group Chief Audit Executive and Group Chief Counsel (until 31 October 2011).
The Audit Committee convened five times in 2011, with one member absenting from one meeting.