The Annual General Meeting elects the auditors for a term of office ending at the close of the next Annual General Meeting.
A proposal to the Annual General Meeting on the election of auditors that has been made known to the Board of Directors prior to the Annual General Meeting will be made public if it is supported by shareholders holding a minimum of 10% of all the company’s shares and voting rights and the person or company proposed has consented to such nomination. In addition, the Board of Directors has the duty to make a proposal to the Annual General Meeting as to the election and fees of the auditor.
The company’s auditors submit the statutory auditor’s report to the company’s shareholders in connection with the company’s financial statements. The auditors also report their findings to the Board Audit Committee on a regular basis and at least once a year to the full Board of Directors. The parent company, Outokumpu Oyj, is audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy, and the responsible auditor is Janne Rajalahti, Authorized Public Accountant.
PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy is also responsible for overseeing and coordinating the auditing of all Group companies. PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy was elected as the Group Auditor in the Annual General Meeting held on May 28, 2020, and is now the Auditor of Outokumpu for fourth consecutive terms. Both Outokumpu and PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy emphasize the requirement that the auditor be independent of the company being audited.
The PwC Network Independence policy is based on the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants’ (IESBA) Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants. For the fiscal years 2006–2016, Outokumpu was audited by KPMG Oy Ab.
Outokumpu’s Board Audit Committee continuously monitored non-audit services purchased by the Group from PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy at a global level. In 2019, auditors were paid fees totaling EUR 3.1 million, of which non-auditing services accounted for EUR 0.7 million.