Internal audit is an integrated part of Uponor's internal control framework. It supports the Board and the management in following up the effectiveness of internal control and corporate governance. Internal Audit shall focus on the key risk areas of business. To achieve its objectives, it carries out independent audits of business units and subsidiaries, process reviews, and targeted audits on specific areas, to give the ExCom and the Board assurance that effective controls are in place. Moreover, Internal Audit performs reviews to ensure compliance with internal company policies, guidelines and laws and regulations.
Internal auditing is an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value to and improve the Company's operations. It helps the Company accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes.
The purpose, authority, and responsibilities of Internal Audit are defined in the Internal Audit Charter approved by the Audit Committee, to which Internal Audit is subordinated. The annual audit plan is approved by the Audit Committee. Internal Audit reports four times a year to the Audit Committee, presenting a summary of the most significant findings, while it also has the obligation and authority to report on any significant audit findings both to the ExCom and to the Audit Committee. Internal Audit has unrestricted access to the Board, and to all Uponor's records, personnel, and physical properties relevant to the performance of its engagement.
In 2015, the focus areas of internal audit included audits of Uponor's foreign and domestic subsidiaries, corporate functions and group-level processes. The audits of subsidiaries concentrated on compliance with group policies, changes in business operations as well as review of business processes, risks and controls.
Administratively, Internal Audit reports to the Chief Financial Officer ('CFO'). As of 1 January 2014, Uponor has outsourced its internal audit function to EY.