The Board of Management of Volkswagen AG is responsible for preparing the consolidated financial statements and the Group management report. Reporting is governed by International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the European Union and the Interpretations of the International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRIC). The Group management report was prepared in compliance with the provisions of the German Commercial Code (HGB). Volkswagen AG is required by section 315a of the HGB to prepare its consolidated financial statements in accordance with the standards issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB).
The accuracy of the consolidated financial statements and of the Group management report is safeguarded by internal control systems, the implementation of uniform Group-wide directives and by employee training and continuing education measures. Compliance with legal requirements and internal Group directives, and the reliability and proper functioning of the control systems, are continuously reviewed across the Group.
The early-warning function stipulated by law is implemented by a Group-wide risk management system that enables the Board of Management to identify potential risks at an early stage and to initiate appropriate countermeasures where necessary.
In accordance with the resolution adopted by the Annual General Meeting, the independent auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers Aktiengesellschaft Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, Hanover, have audited the consolidated financial statements and the Group management report, and have issued their unqualified auditors’ report reproduced following the notes to the financial statements.
The consolidated financial statements, the Group management report, the audit report and the measures to be taken by the Board of Management to ensure early identification of going concern risks have been reviewed in detail by the Supervisory Board Audit Committee and by the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG in the presence of the auditors. The result of this review is presented in the report of the Supervisory Board.