Corporate Internal Audit is an independent and objective corporate function established to assist management in achieving their objectives.
The role of Internal Audit is to evaluate and contribute to the continuous improvement of the Company’s risk management and control systems. This specifically includes also the analysis and evaluation of the effectiveness of business processes and recommendations for adjustments where necessary.
The risk-based audit approach used aims at providing assurance on all relevant business processes across Givaudan entities following a business process audit methodology that provides value to the local entities and to the Group’s management. Givaudan Risk Management output, past audit results, management input, changes in organisation and Corporate Internal Audit experience are the elements taken into account to build the annual internal audit plan. Effective communication and reporting ensure an efficient implementation of the audit recommendations.
Corporate Internal Audit reports to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors and the function has been headed since 2008 by Laurent Pieren.
For specific audits of affiliates, staff from Ernst & Young support the internal audit function.