The Group’s financial management activities include cash and liquidity management; interest rate, currency and commodity price risk management; overseeing the Group’s financing; issuing guarantees and letters of support and liaising with the rating agencies. Since the requirements and processes of the Deutsche Postbank Group differ fundamentally from those of the remainder of the Group, the remarks below refer exclusively to an analysis in which Postbank is presented on an equity-accounted basis; in other words, cash flows are shown without the Deutsche Postbank Group.
First and foremost, we seek to control risk and to manage processes centrally. Responsibility rests with Corporate Finance, which is supported by three Regional Treasury Centres in Bonn (Germany), Fort Lauderdale (USA) and Singapore. These centres act as interfaces between headquarters and the operating companies, advise the companies on all financial management issues, and ensure compliance with the Groupwide guidelines. These guidelines and processes comply with the Gesetz zur Kontrolle und Transparenz im Unternehmensbereich (KonTraG – German law on control and transparency in business) of 27 April 1998.