During the business year 2013/14, the Supervisory Board fulfilled its responsibilities under the law and the Articles of Incorporation, holding five plenary sessions, three meetings of the Audit Committee, and one meeting of the General Committee. In addition to ongoing reports on the Group’s current economic and financial situation, these meetings dealt in particular with matters involving research and development, innovation, future markets, IT and HR strategy as well as efficiency improvement programs. The Audit Committee dealt with the review and preparation of the approval of the Company’s consolidated financial statements and the individual financial statements, preparation of the recommendation for the appointment of an auditor as well as topics relative to the internal control system, the risk management system, and Internal Auditing. The General Committee focused on the Group’s strategy; furthermore, in its function as Compensation Committee, it dealt with questions concerning the compensation of the members of the Management Board. Moreover, a focal point of its activity was the preparation of the recommendation for the appointment of the members of the Supervisory Board at the Annual General Meeting on July 2, 2014.
In the last meeting of the business year, the Supervisory Board carried out the self-evaluation stipulated under Rule 36 of the Corporate Governance Code and, utilizing a list of questions, dealt with the general cooperation between Management Board and Supervisory Board, quality and scope of the documents made available to the Supervisory Board as well as organizational questions.