System of control in the process of preparing financial statements

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Highlights 2017

Corporate Governance

Building an organizational culture featuring special respect to the personal dignity of employees
Building an organizational culture featuring special respect to the personal dignity of employees
Collection of good practices as the foundation of ethical standards in the PZU Group in all key aspects of its activities
Collection of good practices as the foundation of ethical standards in the PZU Group in all key aspects of its activities
Video broadcasts from results conferences and corporate events
Video broadcasts from results conferences and corporate events
Anti-corruption program aimed at limiting the risk of corruption and eliminating corruption phenomena
Anti-corruption program aimed at limiting the risk of corruption and eliminating corruption phenomena
Efficient and employee-friendly system of reporting abuses and irregularities
Efficient and employee-friendly system of reporting abuses and irregularities
Promotion of diversity and care for equal treatment of employees
Promotion of diversity and care for equal treatment of employees
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Best Pratices in PZU

Financial statements are prepared within the PZU Finance Division including the PZU Head Office (including the Accounting Department) and central units operating based on the applicable regulations. The PZU Finance Division is supervised by a PZU Management Board Member.

The elements which facilitate completing the process are the accounting principles (policy), the chart of accounts with a commentary and other detailed internal regulations approved by the PZU Management Board specifying key rules for recording business events in PZU, the valuation of assets and liabilities and dedicated reporting systems.

Data are prepared in the source systems using formal operating and acceptance procedures which specify the powers of specific persons.

The reporting process is controlled by appropriately qualified, skilled and experienced staff.

PZU monitors changes in external regulations concerning, without limitation, the accounting policy (procedures) and reporting requirements applicable to insurance undertakings and carries out appropriate adaptation processes in these areas.

The accounting records are closed and financial statements are prepared in accordance with detailed schedules, including the key activities and control points with assigned liability for timely and correct completion.

The key controls during preparation of the financial statements include:

  • controls and permanent monitoring of the quality of input data, supported by financial systems with defined rules of data correctness, in accordance with PZU’s internal regulations governing the control of accuracy of accounting data;
  • data mapping from the source systems to financial statements supporting the proper presentation of data;
  • analytical review of financial statements by specialists to compare them with the business knowledge and business transactions;
  • formal review of the financial statements to confirm compliance with the applicable legal regulations and market practice in terms of required disclosures.

PZU internal audit periodically reviews the organization and the process of preparing the financial statements.

Activities within the consolidated financial reporting processes are coordinated through the organizational structure of the Finance Division in the PZU and PZU Życie Head Offices which is shared, i.e. organized based on a personal union.

PZU controls all its consolidated subsidiaries through these companies’ management boards and supervisory boards.

Consolidated financial reporting is governed by a number of internal regulations concerning the accounting principles (policy) adopted by the PZU Group and applied accounting standards as well as detailed schedules including the key activities and control points with assigned liability for timely and correct completion.

Consolidation packages forwarded by subsidiaries are subjected to:

  • verification procedures by a statutory auditor scrutinizing the PZU Group’s consolidated financial statements;
  • analytical reviews by specialists and, in the case of consolidation packages forwarded by banks, also reconciliation with their published stock exchange disclosures.

Audit Committee

The PZU Supervisory Board appoints the Audit Committee composed of three Supervisory Board Members. The majority of Audit Committee Members, including the Chairperson, satisfy the independence criteria defined in the Act on Statutory Auditors, Audit Firms and Public Supervision of 11 May 2017 (hereinafter: “Statutory Auditor Act”) and at least one Member has knowledge and skills in the fields of accounting or audit of financial statements in accordance with the requirements provided for in the Statutory Auditor Act.

The Audit Committee Members have knowledge and skills pertaining to the insurance industry, which is construed as at least one Audit Committee Member having knowledge and skills in the field of insurance or various Audit Committee Members having knowledge of specific branches within this field.

The Audit Committee is an advisory and consultative body to the Supervisory Board of PZU and is appointed to improve the effectiveness of supervision of the correct financial reporting at PZU and the effectiveness of internal control, including internal audit and risk management, exercised by the PZU Supervisory Board.

A statutory auditor appointed by the PZU Supervisory Board, based on a recommendation of the Audit Committee, reviews interim standalone and consolidated financial statements, audits annual standalone and consolidated financial statements and audits annual solvency and financial standing reports required by the Solvency II Directive (for PZU and the PZU Group).

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