Activities of the Supervisory Board
In 2016 the Supervisory Board was closely involved in developments related to Beter Bed Holding and its subsidiaries. During the reporting year, the Chairman frequently liaised with the Management Board in preparation for the meetings between the Supervisory Board and the Management Board. The former met with the latter on six occasions. Furthermore, the Supervisory Board also held three conference calls with the Management Board.
The Supervisory Board received regular, timely, detailed verbal and written updates from the Management Board throughout the year. Extensive attention was paid to the operating results of the various formats and the group. The Supervisory Board also visited several Beter Bed stores in Belgium.
The company met with the external auditor on two occasions. In March 2016, the results for 2015 and the audit findings were discussed. The half-year results were discussed in August 2016, along with the results of the audit of the half-year results conducted by the external auditor.
The budget for 2017, which was discussed during the meeting of 15 December 2016, sets out the company’s operational and financial objectives, along with the policy that should ensure that these objectives are achieved.
The performance of the Supervisory Board and that of the individual Supervisory Directors, the relationship with the Management Board and the composition of the Supervisory Board were discussed in closed meetings. The performance of the Management Board and the employment terms policy were naturally on the agenda as well.
After an explanation provided by its Audit Committee, the Supervisory Board discussed the update of the risk assessment process with the Management Board. We believe that the procedures related to risk analysis, risk management, risk control and audits by the external auditor with respect to the AO/IC (Administrative Organisation and Internal Control) provide sufficient certainty for the in-control statement relating to the performance of the risk control and risk management system.
The Supervisory Board was pleased to see that the percentage of women in top management positions within the group continued to increase.