Relevant GRI Indicators
Auditor’s Limited Assurance Report on the Sustainable Business Report and Statement on the Statutory Sustainability Report
To the annual general meeting of Sandvik AB (publ), corporate identity number 556000-3468
We have been engaged by the Board and the Managing Director to undertake an examination of Sandvik’s Sustainable Business Report for 2020. The company has defined the scope of the Sustainable Business Report and the Statutory Sustainability Report under NF1 About this report.
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. The criteria are described under NF1 About this report of the Sustainable Business Report, and consists of the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards which are applicable to the Sustainable Business, the Greenhouse Gas Protocol for CO2 emissions as well as the accounting and calculation principles that Sandvik has developed. This responsibility also includes the internal control which is deemed necessary to establish 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 procedures we have performed, and to provide a statement on the Statutory Sustainability Report. Our assignment is limited to the historical information that is presented and thus does not include future-oriented information.
We conducted our engagement in accordance with ISAE3000 Assurance Engagements Other than Audits or Reviews of Historical Financial Information. The engagement includes a limited assurance engagement on the complete Sustainable Business Report and audit of certain information as specified below. The objective of an audit is to obtain reasonable assurance that the information is free of material misstatements. A reasonable assurance engagement includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the quantitative and qualitative information in the Sustainable Business Report. 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 examination regarding the Statutory Sustainability Report in accordance with FAR’s recommendation RevR 12, the Auditor’s Opinion on the Statutory Sustainability Report. A limited assurance engagement and an examination 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 other 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 an examination 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 an examination in accordance with RevR 12, therefore, does not have the security that the conclusion of our reasonable assurance procedures.
Since this assurance engagement is combined, our conclusions regarding the reasonable assurance, the limited assurance and the review according to RevR12 will be presented in separate sections.
Our reasonable assurance engagement includes 2020 data related to the Sustainability Goals We build circularity, We shift climate and We play fair, and specifically the following KPIs:
- Total waste, including waste to recovery and waste to other disposal (see NF9 Environmental footprint)
- CO2 emissions in scope 1 and scope 2 (see NF9 Environmental footprint)
- Share of women in managerial positions (see NF7 Employees)
Our procedures are based on the criteria defined by the Board of Directors and the Managing Director as described above. We consider these criteria 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 conclusions 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 prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with the criteria defined by the Board of Directors and the Managing Director.
In our opinion the information in the Sustainable Business Report which has been subject to our reasonable assurance procedures have, in all material respects, been prepared in accordance with the criteria defined by the Board of Directors and the Managing Director.
A Statutory Sustainability Report has been prepared.
Stockholm, March 5, 2021
Authorized Public Accountant
Sustainability Expert, member of FAR