Statement by the Board of Executive Directors and assurance pursuant to Sections 297(2) and 315(1) of the German Commercial Code (HGB)
The Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE is responsible for preparing the Consolidated Financial Statements and Management’s Report of the BASF Group.
The Consolidated Financial Statements for 2015 were prepared according to the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), which are published by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), London, and have been endorsed by the European Union.
We have established effective internal control and steering systems in order to ensure that the BASF Group’s Consolidated Financial Statements and Management’s Report comply with applicable accounting rules and to ensure proper corporate reporting.
The risk management system we have set up is designed such that the Board of Executive Directors can identify material risks early on and take appropriate defensive measures as necessary. The reliability and effectiveness of the internal control and risk management system are continually audited throughout the Group by our internal audit department.
To the best of our knowledge, and in accordance with the applicable reporting principles, the Consolidated Financial Statements of the BASF Group give a true and fair view of the net assets, financial position and results of operations of the Group, and the Management’s Report of the BASF Group includes a fair review of the development and performance of the business as well as position of the BASF Group, together with a description of the principal opportunities and risks associated with the expected development of the BASF Group.
Ludwigshafen am Rhein, February 23, 2016
Dr. Kurt Bock
Dr. Hans-Ulrich Engel
Chief Financial Officer
Wayne T. Smith
Dr. Martin Brudermüller
Dr. Harald Schwager