Independent Auditor’s Assurance Report
To: The Supervisory Board of Koninklijke Philips N.V.
We have audited the information in the chapter Sustainability statements and the sections Social performance and Environmental performance in the Annual Report 2014 (further ‘The Sustainability Information’) of Koninklijke Philips N.V., Eindhoven, the Netherlands. In our opinion, The Sustainability Information presents fairly, in all material respects, the sustainability performance of Philips in accordance with the reporting criteria as mentioned below.
We report, to the extent we can assess, that the information on sustainability in the rest of the Annual Report 2014 is consistent with The Sustainability Information.
Basis for our opinion
We conducted our engagement in accordance with the Dutch Standard 3810N: “Assurance engagements relating to sustainability reports”, which is a specified standard under the International Standard on Assurance Engagement (ISAE) 3000: “Assurance Engagement other than Audits or Reviews of Historical Financial Information”.
Our responsibilities under Standard 3810N and procedures performed have been further specified in the paragraph titled “Our responsibility for reasonable assurance on The Sustainability Information”.
We are independent of Koninklijke Philips N.V. in accordance with the “Verordening inzake de onafhankelijkheid van accountants bij assurance-opdrachten” (ViO) and other relevant independence requirements in The Netherlands. Furthermore we have complied with the “Verordening gedrags- en beroepsregels accountants” (VGBA).
We do not provide any assurance on the achievability of the objectives, targets and expectations of Philips.
We believe that the assurance evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion.
Responsibilities of the Board of Management for The Sustainability Information
The Board of Management is responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of The Sustainability Information in accordance with the Sustainability Reporting Guidelines G4 of the Global Reporting Initiative, supported by internally developed guidelines as described in Approach to sustainability reporting in the chapter Sustainability statements, of this Annual Report. It is important to view the performance data in the context of these criteria.
As part of this, the Board of Management is responsible for such internal control as the Board of Management determines is necessary to enable the preparation of The Sustainability Information that is free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud and error.
Our responsibility for reasonable assurance on The Sustainability Information
Our objective is to plan and perform the reasonable assurance assignment in a manner that allows us to obtain sufficient and appropriate assurance evidence for our opinion.
Our assurance engagement has been performed with a high, but not absolute, level of assurance, which means we may not have detected all errors and fraud.
Our procedures included performing a risk assessment, assessing the appropriateness of the accounting and other policies used, evaluating the design and implementation, and testing the operating effectiveness of the systems and processes for collecting and processing the qualitative and quantitative information in The Sustainability Information including the implementation of these at a number of sites, and evaluating the overall presentation of sustainability information within our scope. Also we held interviews with relevant management and tested documentation on a sample basis to determine whether the information is supported by sufficient evidence.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
February 24, 2015
KPMG Accountants N.V.
E.H.W. Weusten RA