Independent limited assurance report on the UCB Integrated Annual Report 2018
This report has been prepared in accordance with the terms of our three year engagement contract dated 22 October 2018, whereby we have been engaged to issue an independent limited assurance report in connection with selected ESG data, marked with a Greek small letter beta (β), of the Integrated Annual Report as of and for the year ended 31 December 2018 (the “Report”).
Responsibility of Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of UCB SA (“the Company”) is responsible for the preparation of the selected ESG indicators for the year 2018 marked with a Greek small letter beta (β) in the Integrated Annual Report of UCB and its subsidiaries and the declaration that its reporting meets the requirements of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards – Core (the “Subject Matter Information”), in accordance with the criteria disclosed in the Report and with the recommendations of the GRI Standards (the “Criteria”).
This responsibility includes the selection and application of appropriate methods for the preparation of the Subject Matter Information, for ensuring the reliability of the underlying information and for the use of assumptions and estimates for individual sustainability disclosures which are reasonable in the circumstances. Furthermore, the responsibility of the Board of Directors includes the design, implementation and maintenance of systems and processes relevant for the preparation of the Subject Matter Information that is free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.
Our responsibility is to express an independent conclusion about the Subject Matter Information based on the procedures we have performed and the evidence we have obtained. We conducted our work in accordance with the International Standard on Assurance Engagements (ISAE) 3000 (Revised) “Assurance Engagements other than Audits or Reviews of Historical Financial Information”. This standard requires that we comply with ethical requirements and that we plan and perform the engagement to obtain limited assurance as to whether nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the Subject Matter Information is not fairly stated, in all material respects, based on the Criteria.
The objective of a limited-assurance engagement is to perform the procedures we consider necessary to provide us with sufficient appropriate evidence to support the expression of a conclusion in the negative form on the Subject Matter Information.
The procedures performed in a limited assurance engagement vary in nature and timing from, and are less in extent than for, a reasonable assurance engagement. Consequently, the level of assurance obtained in a limited assurance engagement is substantially lower than the assurance that would have been obtained had a reasonable assurance engagement been performed.
The selection of such procedures depends on our professional judgment, including the assessment of the risks of management’s assertion being materially misstated. The scope of our work comprised the following procedures:
- assessing and testing the design and functioning of the systems and processes used for data-gathering, collation, consolidation and validation, including the methods used for calculating and estimating the Subject Matter Information as of and for the year ended 31 December 2018 presented in the Report;
- conducting interviews with responsible officers including site visits;
- inspecting internal and external documents.
We have evaluated the Subject Matter Information against the Criteria. The accuracy and completeness of the Subject Matter Information are subject to inherent limitations given their nature and the methods for determining, calculating or estimating such information. Our Limited Assurance Report should therefore be read in connection with the Criteria.
Our Independence and Quality Control
We have complied with the independence and other ethical requirements of the Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants issued by the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA), which is founded on fundamental principles of integrity, objectivity, professional competence and due care, confidentiality and professional behavior. Our audit firm applies International Standard on Quality Control (ISQC) n° 1 and accordingly maintains a comprehensive system of quality control including documented policies and procedures regarding compliance with ethical requirements, professional standards and applicable legal and regulatory requirements.
Based on the procedures performed, as described in this Independent Limited Assurance Report, and the evidence obtained, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the selected ESG indicators for the year 2018 marked with a Greek small letter beta (β) in UCB’s Integrated Annual Report 2018, and UCB’s assertion that the report meets the requirement GRI Standards – Core, is not fairly stated, in all material respects, in accordance with the Criteria.
Restriction on Use and Distribution of our Report
Our assurance report has been made in accordance with the terms of our engagement contract. Our report is intended solely for the use of the Company, in connection with their Integrated Annual Report as of and for the year ended 31 December 2018 and should not be used for any other purpose. We do not accept, or assume responsibility to anyone else for this report or for the conclusions that we have reached.
Sint-Stevens-Woluwe, 27 February 2019
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