The Supervisory Board advises the Management Board in its strategic planning and projects. It participates in the decisions assigned to it by statute, by the company articles and by its rules of procedure. The Supervisory Board is responsible for supervising the management of the company by the Management Board. A Committee for Board Affairs of the Supervisory Board has been formed for handling the relationships between the company and the members of its Management Board relating to employment and salary.
The appointed Working Committee of the Supervisory Board shall be called upon for decisions only if the urgency of the issue will not allow the decision to wait until the next meeting of the Supervisory Board. It is the chairman's responsibility to evaluate the urgency. The decisions passed must be reported in the next meeting of the Supervisory Board. The Working Committee decides, in principle, on all issues that are the responsibility of the Supervisory Board; issues of particular importance or which are stipulated by law are excepted, however.
The Audit Committee of the Supervisory Board has the same members as the Working Committee. The Audit Committee, including the activities of the Working Committee in its function as an audit committee, performs the duties assigned to it by law. Finally, the Investment Committee advises the Management Board with regard to its investment policy; it has no decision-making authority. At its two meetings, the Committee for Board Affairs dealt with the legal employment formalities of the members of the Management Board, in particular in conjunction with the repositioning of UNIQA.
In its two meetings, the Working Committee mainly discussed the profit developments of the Group, assessed the company strategy and made three decisions regarding steps to be taken by circulating these in writing, due to their urgency.
The Audit Committee, including the Working Committee, which was also functioning as an audit committee, met in two sessions, dealt with all audit documents, the Corporate Governance Report and the Management Board's proposed appropriation of profit, concentrating particularly on the internal auditing reports on audit regions and significant audit discoveries based on executed audits.
The Investment Committee had five meetings about the capital investment strategy and issues concerning the capital structure. The various chairmen of the committees informed the members of the Supervisory Board about the meetings and their committee's work. For information regarding the activity of the Supervisory Board and its committees, also refer to the statements in the .