Relevant GRI Indicators
Auditor’s Limited Assurance Report on the Sustainable Business Report and Statement on the Statutory Sustainability Report
To the annual meeting of the shareholders of Sandvik AB (publ), Corp. Id. 556000-3468
We have been engaged by the Board of Directors and the Managing Director of Sandvik AB (publ) to undertake a limited assurance engagement of Sandvik’s Sustainable Business Report for the year 2019. The company has defined the scope of the Sustainable Business Report and the Statutory Sustainability Report in Non-financial notes.
Responsibilities of the Board of Directors and the Managing Director
The Board of Directors and the Managing Director are responsible for the preparation of the Sustainable Business Report including the Statutory Sustainability Report, in accordance with the applicable criteria, and the Annual Accounts Act respectively. The criteria are defined in Non-financial notes, and consist of the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards, as well as the accounting and calculation principles that Sandvik has developed. This responsibility also includes the internal control relevant to the preparation of a sustainability report that does not contain material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.
Responsibilities of the Auditor
Our responsibility is to express a conclusion on the Sustainable Business Report based on the limited assurance procedures we have performed, and to provide a statement on the Statutory Sustainability Report.
We conducted our limited assurance engagement in accordance with ISAE3000 Assurance Engagements Other than Audits or Reviews of Historical Financial Information. A limited assurance engagement consists of making inquiries, primarily of persons responsible for the preparation of the Sustainable Business Report, and applying analytical and other limited assurance procedures. We have conducted our review regarding the Statutory Sustainability Report in accordance with RevR 12, the Auditor’s Opinion on the Statutory Sustainability Report, issued by FAR. A limited assurance engagement and a review according to RevR 12 have a different focus and a considerably smaller scope compared to the focus and scope of an audit in accordance with International Standards on Auditing and generally accepted auditing standards in Sweden.
The audit firm applies ISQC 1 (International Standard on Quality Control) and accordingly maintains a comprehensive system of quality control including documented policies and procedures regarding compliance with ethical requirements, professional standards and applicable legal and regulatory requirements. We are independent in relation to Sandvik according to generally accepted auditing standards in Sweden, and have fulfilled our professional ethics responsibility according to these requirements.
The procedures performed in a limited assurance engagement and review according to RevR 12 do not allow us to obtain such assurance that we become aware of all significant matters that could have been identified if an audit was performed. The stated conclusion based on a limited assurance and review in accordance with RevR 12, therefore, does not have the level of assurance that a stated conclusion based on an audit has.
Our procedures are based on the criteria defined by the Board of Directors and the Managing Director as described above. We consider these criteria as suitable for the preparation of the Sustainable Business Report.
We believe that the evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our conclusion below.
Based on the limited assurance procedures we have performed, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the Sustainable Business Report is not, in all material respects, prepared in accordance with the criteria defined by the Board of Directors and Managing Director.
A Statutory Sustainability Report has been prepared.
Stockholm, 6 March 2020
Authorized Public Accountant
Sustainability Expert Member of FAR