The Executive Board is responsible for the preparation of the financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted by the European Union and with Part 9 of Book 2 of the Netherlands Civil Code. The financial statements consist of the consolidated financial statements and the company’s financial statements. The responsibility of the Executive Board includes selecting and applying appropriate accounting policies and making accounting estimates that are reasonable in the circumstances.
The Executive Board is also responsible for the preparation of the Report of the Executive Board that is included in the 2010 Annual Report. The Annual Report is prepared in accordance with Part 9 of Book 2 of the Netherlands Civil Code. In the Annual Report, the Executive Board endeavors to present a fair review of the situation of the business at balance sheet date and of the state of affairs in the year under review. Such an overview contains a selection of some of the main developments in the financial year and can never be exhaustive.
The company has identified the main risks it faces, including financial reporting risks. These risks can be found in . In line with the Dutch Corporate Governance Code and the Dutch Act on financial supervision (Wet op het financieel toezicht), the company has not provided an exhaustive list of all possible risks. Furthermore, developments that are currently unknown to the Executive Board or considered to be unlikely may change the future risk profile.
As explained in , the company must have internal risk management and control systems that are suitable for the company. The design of the company’s internal risk management and control systems has been described in . The objective of these systems is to manage, rather than eliminate, the risk of failure to achieve business objectives and the risk of material errors to the financial reporting. Accordingly, these systems can only provide reasonable, but not absolute, assurance against material losses or material errors.
As required by provision II.1.5 of the Dutch Corporate Governance Code and section 5:25c(2)(c) of the Dutch Act on financial supervision (Wet op het financieel toezicht) and on the basis of the foregoing and the explanations contained in , the Executive Board confirms that to its knowledge:
- The company’s internal risk management and control systems as regards financial reporting risks provide a reasonable assurance that the Group’s financial reporting over 2010 does not contain any errors of material importance; and
- The company’s risk management and control systems as regards financial reporting risks worked properly in 2010; and
- The 2010 financial statements give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position, and profit or loss of the company and the undertakings included in the consolidation taken as a whole; and
- The 2010 Annual Report includes a fair review of the situation at the balance sheet date, the course of affairs during the financial year of the company, and undertakings included in the consolidation taken as a whole, together with a description of the principal risks that the company faces.
Alphen aan den Rijn, February 22, 2011
N. McKinstry, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board
B.L.J.M. Beerkens, CFO and Member of the Executive Board
J.J. Lynch, Jr., Member of the Executive Board