Corporate Governance

Internal Audit

Neste internal audit is an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve the operations of Neste. As a component in the corporate governance process, it supports the organization by systematic risk and assurance based approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management and control and governance processes. Internal Audit evaluates the actualization of objectives, financial effectiveness, safeguarding of assets and compliance of laws and regulations. In the scope of each audit project Internal Audit assures also that the organizational structure and governance model enables efficient decision-making and steering system including clear roles and responsibilities and key policies and guidelines. In addition, the adequate monitoring systems and reporting practices are in the scope of audit. 

Neste’s Internal Audit is responsible of creating and executing the annual audit plan, proposing findings, recommendations and continuous improvement actions that add value for Neste and mitigate risks in its operations. Neste’s strategic and operative objectives and risks of businesses and functions related to them are the key elements of audit execution. To assure effective and efficient and value adding process Internal Audit co-operates actively with other Neste’s assurance service functions and top management and shares best practices from process and governance point of view.

Internal Audit is also responsible for conducting special assignments on behalf of management or the Board of Directors’ Audit Committee. As part of audits Internal Audit assesses that the values and the Code of Conduct determined by Neste top management are complied. Neste has on its website a new whistle-blowing system to all Neste’s internal and external stakeholders, including various actors in its supply chains. Ethics Online serves as a grievance mechanism and enables Neste’s stakeholders to raise possible concerns on Neste’s practices without fear of reprisals. Internal Audit is responsible for evaluating and investigating cases. The possible irregularities or misconducts are investigated and reported regularly to the Board of Directors’ Audit Committee.

Neste’s Internal audit follows the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing issued by the Institute of Internal Auditors. Internal Audit reports directly to Board of Directors’ Audit Committee and administratively to the President & CEO. The Board of Directors is responsible for approving Internal Audit Charter and annual audit plan. Internal Audit Charter includes the determination regarding Internal audit position, operational model, process and reporting lines.  Internal Audit has at least annually a non-executive meeting with the Audit Committee members and the Audit Committee Chairman. Neste’s Head of Internal Audit is responsible for the internal audit operations, and manages in-house internal audit resources and operates as the coordinator towards outsourced service providers.