Internal control

The Board is responsible for internal control pursuant to the Swedish Companies Act and the Swedish Code of Corporate Governance. 

This Corporate Governance Report is prepared in accordance with Chapter 6, Section 6 of the Swedish Annual Accounts Act and is thus limited to internal control and risk management related to financial reporting. The basis of internal control is the control environment in which the work of the Board and executive management is set. The Board has adopted a number of important policies and basic guidelines for internal control programs, such as a financial policy, an ethics and crisis management policy and information policies. The CEO presents regular reports to the Board on the basis of established routines and documents. Catena’s internal control structure is based on a clear division of responsibility and work between the Board and CEO, as well as within operational activities.

Operational activities include business control and business planning processes. Examples of these include tools for monitoring operations, preparations ahead of the purchase and sale of properties/companies, and underlying data for property valuations. Control activities are performed at the individual property level in the form of current results and investment monitoring and, at the overall level, in the form of results analysis at the area level, analysis of key data and reviews of the Group’s legal structure. In order to prevent and detect errors and deviations, there are, for example, systems for attestation rights, reconciliations, approval and reporting of business transactions, reporting templates as well as accounting and valuation policies. These systems are continuously updated. Internal information and external communication are regulated at the overall level by means of the information policy. Internal information in disseminated through regular information meetings.