2017 CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS Statutory Auditors’ report on the consolidated financial statements
4. Verification of information relating to the Group provided in the Management Report We also performed the specific procedures in accordance with professional standards applicable in France and required by law in relation to the information on the Group contained in the Management Report of the Board of Directors. We have no matters to report as to its fair presentation and its consistency with the consolidated financial statements. 5. Information resulting from other legal and regulatory requirements Mazars was appointed Statutory Auditor of Sopra Steria Group by the shareholders at the General Meeting of 1 June 2000 and Auditeurs et Conseil Associés – ACA Nexia by the shareholders at the General Meeting of 30 June 1986. As at 31 December 2017, Mazars was in its 18 th consecutive year as Statutory Auditor, and Auditeurs et Conseil Associés – ACA Nexia was in its 32 nd consecutive year as Statutory Auditor, respectively 18 years and 28 years since the company’s shares were first listed for trading on a regulated market. 6. Responsibility of management and persons charged with governance in relation to the consolidated financial statements It is management’s responsibility to prepare consolidated financial statements that give a true and fair view in accordance with IFRS as adopted by the European Union, as well as to implement the internal controls it deems necessary to prepare consolidated financial statements that are free of material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error. On preparing the consolidated financial statements, it is up to management to assess the company’s ability to continue as a going concern, and to present in the financial statements, if applicable, any necessary information relating to the continuity of operations and apply the going concern assumption unless it is planned that the company will be liquidated or cease trading. It is the responsibility of the Audit Committee to monitor the process of preparing financial information and monitor the effectiveness of internal control and risk management systems, as well as, if applicable, as regards procedures relating to the preparation and processing of accounting and financial information. The consolidated financial statements have been approved by the Board of Directors.
7. Responsibilities of the Statutory Auditors relating to the audit of the consolidated financial statements 7.1 AUDIT AIM AND APPROACH It is our responsibility to prepare a report on the consolidated financial statements. Our aim is to obtain reasonable assurance that the consolidated financial statements taken as a whole are free of material misstatement. Reasonable assurance corresponds to a high level of assurance, although this does not guarantee that an audit performed in accordance with professional standards systematically allows for all material misstatements to be detected. Misstatements may be due to fraud or error and are considered material when it can reasonably be expected that they may, taken individually or combined, influence the financial decisions of users made on the basis of the financial statements. As specified in Article L. 823-10-1 of the French Commercial Code, our assignment of certifying the financial statements does not consist of guaranteeing the viability or quality of your company’s management. Within the framework of an audit performed in accordance with professional standards applicable in France, the Statutory Auditor uses its professional judgment throughout the audit process. In addition: p it identifies and assesses the risk of the consolidated financial statements containing material misstatements, whether due to fraud or error, defines and implements audit procedures in the light of these risks, and collects evidence that it deems sufficient and appropriate to form a basis for its opinion. The risk of failure to detect a material misstatement due to fraud is higher than in the case of a material misstatement due to error, as fraud may involve collusion, falsification, deliberate omissions, false statements or circumvention of internal control procedures; p it familiarises itself with internal controls relevant for the audit in order to define appropriate audit procedures under the circumstances, and not with the aim of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of internal control procedures; p it assesses the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonable nature of accounting estimates made by management, as well as associated information provided in the consolidated financial statements; p it assesses the appropriateness of management’s application of the going concern principle and, depending on the evidence collected, whether or not any material uncertainty exists relating to events or circumstances that may call into question the company’s ability to continue as a going concern. This assessment relies on evidence collected up to the date of its report, noting that subsequent circumstances or events may call into question the continuity of operations. If it concludes that a material uncertainty exists, it shall draw readers’ attention to the information provided in the consolidated financial statements relating to this uncertainty or, if this information is not provided or is not relevant, it shall give a qualified certification or refuse to certify the financial statements;
SOPRA STERIA REGISTRATION DOCUMENT 2017
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