One of our most important objectives is to ensure the company’s sustained success. To this end, opportunities and risks need to be identified and managed at an early stage. We assist the Group’s management in this effort with our Group-wide opportunity and risk control system. The information provided by the system is reported to management on a regular basis and thereby flows into the company’s control processes. We have described our opportunity and risk management processes and the significant risks affecting our earnings, financial position, as well as assets and liabilities in the 2009 Annual Report.
In the first half of 2010, no further significant risks, or significant changes to these risks, emerged, beyond those presented below, in the 2009 Annual Report and in the first interim report of this year. At present, no risks are identifiable that, individually or collectively, cast doubt upon the Group’s ability to continue as a going concern.