The Board confirms the Charter of Sampo's committees and Group Executive Committee, and also the guidelines and authorisations given to other bodies appointed by the Board.
The Board has an Audit Committee and a Nomination and Compensation Committee, whose members it appoints from its midst in accordance with the charters of the respective committees.
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.
The Committee also oversees the actions of the auditor under the laws of Finland, monitors the auditor's invoicing for audit and non-audit services as deemed appropriate. Furthermore, the Audit Committee is responsible for evaluating the auditor's and auditing firm's independence and particularly their provision of related services to Sampo Group, and for preparing proposals to the Annual General Meeting concerning the auditor's election and his fee.
The Committee also 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 internal audit's annual action plan, monitors 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 guidelines within the scope of Audit Committee's activities, 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, monitors significant litigations of Group companies, and executes any other duties that may be bestowed upon it by the Board.
According to its Charter, 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 and of which at least one is independent of Sampo's major shareholders. Also participating in the meetings of the Committee are the Responsible Auditor, Group CEO, Group CFO, CFO of the most significant subsidiary, Group Chief Audit Executive, the member of the Group Executive Committee responsible for risk control and Group Chief Risk Officer.
The Chairperson of the Audit Committee is Jannica Fagerholm, and the other members are Christian Clausen, Adine Grate Axén and Per Arthur Sørlie.
Nomination and Compensation Committee
The Nomination and Compensation Committee is entrusted to prepare and present proposals for Sampo's Annual General Meeting on the composition of the Board, the remuneration of Board members and the principles on which this remuneration is determined. The Committee consults the largest shareholders in these matters.
The Committee is also responsible for preparing proposals for Sampo's Board on the evaluation of the independence of the members of the Board, on the composition and chairman of the Board's committees, on the appointment of Sampo Group CEO and President and the composition of Sampo Group's Executive Committee, the composition of the Group MD Committee, and, to the extent required, makes surveys of potential successors to aforementioned positions. The Committee also prepares proposals for the Board on the principles by which the members of the Group Executive Committee are to be compensated and their remuneration.
Nomination and Compensation Committee also prepares for the Board's decision Sampo Group's Remuneration Principles and Sampo plc's Remuneration Policy, Sampo Group's long-term incentive schemes, maximum pay-outs based on short and long-term incentive programs as well as the actual payments to be made.
As authorized by the Board of Directors, the Committee also decides on the fixed salaries of the members of the Group Executive Committee, excluding the Group CEO and his/her deputy.
Furthermore, the Committee prepares a proposal for the Board on the appointment, employment conditions and other compensation of Sampo Group's Chief Audit Executive, and on the principles by which Sampo Group's staff are to be compensated. In addition, the Committee is responsible for preparing proposals for the Board on issues relating to the development of corporate governance and confirming the criteria and processes used for the Board's self-evaluation.
The Committee also regularly evaluates its own practices and co-operation with the executive management.
The Nomination and Compensation Committee comprises the Chairman of the Board (who acted as the Committee's Chairman), the Vice Chairman of the Board and three members elected from among the members of the Board.
The Chairman of the Nomination and Compensation Committee is Björn Wahlroos, and the other members are Veli-Matti Mattila, Risto Murto and Eira Palin-Lehtinen.