Figures according to Annual Report 2016.
The recognition of risks and opportunities is an integral part of the process management system at our operational units. We define opportunities as favorable deviations and risks as negative deviations from planned framework conditions.
Against a backdrop of strategic corporate planning approved by the Executive Board, detailed five-year planning is being developed. In order to regularly check the achievement of targets, identify trends and subsequently identify possible deviations, the Executive Board regularly conducts business reviews together with the divisional management in which business development is discussed together with short and medium-term earnings expectations of the divisions and measures to prevent risks and take advantage of opportunities. This treatment takes key factors that are relevant for the Group’s opportunity management into consideration, including markets, competitive situation, strategic positioning as well as volume and earnings development. The result is the basis for decisions relating to the exploitation of opportunity potential and for the reduction of risks in the Group.