Financial risk management

Normal business activities involve exposure to credit, commodity market, interest rate and liquidity risk. Eneco's policy is designed to minimise the adverse consequences of unforeseen circumstances on its financial results. The aims formulated to this end are derived from the company's strategic objectives. Procedures and guidelines have been drawn up in accordance with these objectives and are evaluated at least once a year and, if required, adjusted.

The Board of Management is responsible for risk management. In this context, it sets out procedures and guidelines and ensures they are complied with. Authority to commit Eneco is specified in the Corporate Authority Manual. Mandates have also been drawn up for all business units, including Eneco’s purchasing and trading department and sales channels, to manage commodity (electricity, gas, heating, emission rights and fuels) risks.

The Board of Management and senior management regularly review the results, key figures such as changes in working capital and the trading position, the principal risks and the measures to manage them. Stress tests are developed for the principal identified risks and incorporated in the long-term financial plan. This clarifies the impact of risk on operations. Senior management reports to the Board of Management by means of an In Control Statement every year.

The internal Audit & Risk Committee, Commodity Risk Committee and Investment Risk Committee are in charge of the formulation and application of the company's risk policy and advise the Board of Management accordingly.

The Supervisory Board exercises supervision over the course of business and risk management by conducting reviews of strategic plans, budgets, critical performance indicators, forecasts, results and the risk policy.