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Risk management framework

The Risk Management Framework of Wesfarmers is reviewed by the Board on an annual basis and was approved in May 2017. This framework details the overarching risk management controls that are embedded in the Group’s risk management processes, procedures and reporting systems, and the division of the key risk management functions between the Board, Wesfarmers Managing Director and Finance Director, Audit and Risk Committee, divisional management and Group Assurance and Risk, including:

  • the Group Code of Conduct;
  • established Group and divisional structures, reporting lines and, appropriate authorities and responsibilities, including guidelines and limits for approval of all expenditure, including capital expenditure and investments, and contractual commitments;
  • Operating Cycle and Divisional Reporting Requirements documents that clearly set out the Board, Board committees and divisional board activities and reports;
  • a formal director induction program and a directors’ program of annual site visits to Wesfarmers’ operations to enhance the Board’s understanding of key and emerging business risks;
  • a formal corporate planning process which requires each division to assess trends that are likely to affect and shape their industry, perform scenario planning and prepare a SWOT analysis;
  • Group policies and procedures for the management of financial risk and treasury operations, such as exposures to foreign currencies and movements in interest rates;
  • a Group compliance reporting program supported by approved guidelines and standards covering safety; information technology; the environment; legal liability; taxation compliance; risk identification, quantification and reporting; and financial reporting controls;
  • a comprehensive risk financing program, including risk transfer to external insurers and reinsurers;
  • annual budgeting and monthly reporting systems for all businesses which enable the monitoring of progress against performance targets and the evaluation of trends;
  • appropriate due diligence procedures for acquisitions and divestments;
  • crisis management systems for all key businesses in the Group; and
  • external and internal assurance programs.