Risk Management policy

This system represents the set of organisational structures, rules and procedures that allows the main business risks within the Group to be identified, measured, managed and monitored, while helping the company to be run in a manner that is sound, correct and consistent with the objectives defined by the Board of Directors, and favouring the adoption of informed decisions consistent with the risk profile, as well as dissemination of a proper understanding of risks, lawfullness and corporate values.

The Board of Directors is tasked with defining the general guidelines of the ICRMS, so that the main risks pertaining to Brembo S.p.A. and Group subsidiaries are properly identified, as well as adequately measured, managed and monitored. It shall also set criteria to ensure that such risks are compatible with sound and proper management of the company. The Board of Directors is aware that the control processes cannot provide absolute assurances that the company objectives will be achieved and the intrinsic risks of business prevented; however, it believes that the ICRMS may reduce and mitigate the likelihood and impact of risk events associated with wrong decisions, human error, fraud, violations of laws, regulations and company procedures, as well as unexpected events.

The ICRMS is therefore subject to regular examination and controls, taking account of developments in the company’s operations and reference context, as well as national and international best practices. main corporate committees/functions relevant for risk management purposes, by defining their respective duties and responsibilities within the ICRMS scope. More specifically:

• the Audit & Risk Committee, tasked with supporting the Board of Directors on internal control and risk management issues;
• the Executive Director with responsibility for the Internal Control and Risk Management System, tasked with identifying the main corporate risks by executing risk management guidelines and verifying their adequacy;
• the Managerial Risk Committee, responsible for identifying and weighing the macro-risks and working with the system stakeholders to mitigate them;
• the Risk Manager, tasked with ensuring, together with the management, that the main risks relating to Brembo and its subsidiaries are correctly identified, adequately measured, managed, monitored, and integrated within a corporate governance system consistent with the strategic objectives.

Risks are monitored at meetings held on at least a monthly basis, where results, opportunities and risks are analysed for each business unit and geographical region in which Brembo operates. The meetings also focus on determining the actions required to mitigate any risks.
Brembo’s general risk-management policies and the bodies charged with risk evaluation and monitoring are included in the Corporate Governance Manual, in the risk management policy and procedure, in the Organisation, Management and Control Model (as per Italian Legislative Decree No. 231/2001) and in the reference layout for preparing accounting documents (as per Article 154-bis of TUF), to which the reader is referred.
The Executive Director with responsibility for the Internal Control and Risk Management System fully enforces the risk management guidelines based on principles of prevention, cost effectiveness and ongoing improvement, as approved by the Board of Directors.
In order to provide the organisation with the instruments for identifying and classifying the risk categories to which attention should be drawn, Brembo has developed a model which groups risk classes by type, based on the managerial level or corporate function from which they originate or that is responsible for monitoring and managing them.
The Internal Audit function evaluates the effectiveness and efficiency of the overall Internal Control and Risk Management System on a regular basis and reports the results to the Chairman, the Executive Deputy Chairman, the Chief Executive Officer, the Board of Statutory Auditors, the Audit & Risk Committee and the Supervisory Committee of Brembo S.p.A. with reference to specific risks connected with compliance with Legislative Decree No. 231/2001. On an annual basis, it also reports to the Board of Directors.

The first-tier family risks based on the risk management policy are:
a External risks
b. Strategic Risks
c. Operating Risks
d. Financial Risks

Brembo’s top risks for each of the above-mentioned risk families are discussed below. The order in which they are discussed does not imply classification in terms of probability of occurrence or possible impact.

External risks

Country risk
Based on its international footprint, Brembo is exposed to the country risk, which is however mitigated by the adoption of a policy of business diversification by product and geographical area so that the risk can be balanced at Group level.
In addition, Brembo constantly monitors the development of political, financial and security risks associated with countries in which the general political and economic climate and tax system could prove unstable in the future, so as to take any measures suited to mitigating the potential risks.

Strategic Risks

Innovation
Brembo is exposed to risks associated with the evolution of technology, in other words, the risk that competing products will be developed that are technically superior because they are built based on innovative technologies. In order to maintain its competitive edge, Brembo invests sizeable resources in R&D, conducting applied and basic research on both existing and newly applied technologies, such as mechatronics.
For additional information, see the “Research and Development” section in this Directors’ Report on Operations. Product and process innovations — those currently being used, as well as those that may be used for production in the future — are patented to protect the Group’s technological leadership.

Market
Brembo targets the Luxury and Premium segments of the automotive sector and, in terms of geography, generates most of its sales from mature markets (Europe, North America and Japan). In order to mitigate the risk of segment/market saturation in the countries where it operates, the Group has long ago implemented a strategy aimed at diversifying into other geographical areas and is gradually broadening its product range, also by focusing on the midpremium segment.

Investments
Investments in certain countries may be influenced by major modifications of the local regulatory frame work, which could result in changes in the economic conditions existing at the time of the investment. For this reason, before investing in foreign countries, Brembo assesses the country risk carefully in the short, medium and long term.
In general, M&A activities are accurately coordinated in all their aspects in order to mitigate any investment risks.


 

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