Independent Assurance Report to the Management of Hansel Oy
This document is an English translation of the Finnish report.
We have been engaged by the Management of Hansel Oy (hereafter “Hansel”) to provide limited assurance on selected corporate responsibility indicators presented in Hansel’s Annual Report 2020 (hereafter “Selected Corporate Responsibility Information”) for the year ended 31 Dec 2020.
The Selected Corporate Responsibility Information consists of the indicators presented in the following sections of Hansel’s Annual Report 2020:
- Operations 2020
- Renewing procurement
- Responsible procurement
- Hansel as an employer
The Management of Hansel is responsible for the preparation and presentation of the Selected Corporate Responsibility Information in accordance with the reporting criteria, i.e. GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards, and the information and assertions contained within it. The Management is also responsible for determining Hansel’s objectives with regard to sustainable development performance and reporting, including the identification of stakeholders and material issues, and for establishing and maintaining appropriate performance management and internal control systems from which the reported performance information is derived.
Our responsibility is to carry out a limited assurance engagement and to express a conclusion based on the work performed. We conducted our assurance engagement on the Selected Corporate Responsibility Information in accordance with International Standard on Assurance Engagements (ISAE) 3000 (Revised), Assurance Engagements other than Audits or Reviews of Historical Financial Information, issued by the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board IAASB. That Standard requires that we plan and perform the engagement to obtain limited assurance about whether the Selected Corporate Responsibility Information is free from material misstatement.
KPMG Oy Ab applies International Standard on Quality Control ISQC 1 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 have complied with the independence and other ethical requirements of the Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants issued by the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants IESBA, which is founded on fundamental principles of integrity, objectivity, professional competence and due care, confidentiality and professional behavior.
A limited assurance engagement on Selected Corporate Responsibility Information consists of making inquiries, primarily of persons responsible for the preparation of information presented in the Selected Corporate Responsibility Information, and applying analytical and other evidence gathering procedures, as appropriate. In the engagement, we have performed the following procedures, among others:
- Interviewed the members of Hansel’s senior management and relevant staff responsible for providing the Selected Corporate Responsibility Information;
- Assessed the application of the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards reporting principles in the presentation of the Selected Corporate Responsibility Information;
- Assessed data management processes, information systems and working methods used to gather and consolidate the Selected Corporate Responsibility Information;
- Reviewed the presented Selected Corporate Responsibility Information and assessed its quality and reporting boundary definitions and;
- Assessed of the Selected Corporate Responsibility Information’s data accuracy and completeness through a review of the original documents and systems on a sample basis.
The procedures performed in a limited assurance engagement vary in nature and timing from, and are less in extent than for, a reasonable assurance engagement. Consequently, the level of assurance obtained in a limited assurance engagement is substantially lower than the assurance that would have been obtained had a reasonable assurance engagement been performed.
Inherent limitations exist in all assurance engagements due to the selective testing of the information being examined. Therefore fraud, error or non-compliance may occur and not be detected. Additionally, non-financial data may be subject to more inherent limitations than financial data, given both its nature and the methods used for determining, calculating and estimating such data.
Based on the procedures performed and the evidence obtained, as described above, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the information subject to the assurance engagement is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards.
Helsinki, 22nd April 2021
KPMG Oy Ab
Partner, CIA, Advisory