There are a number of risk factors that can affect the Group’s operations, linked to both commercial and financial risks.
The business risks are divided into strategic and environmental risks, operational risks and sustainability risks. These risks affect, among other things, the company’s business model and long-term strategic planning. They may have a negative impact on the Group’s results or reputation.
Strategic and environmental risks refer to risks and external factors that have an impact on the company’s business and market position. The Board and management develop strategies to manage these risks, which is done through strategy meetings. This includes risks related to acquisitions, suppliers, regulations and laws. External factors that may also affect operations include raw material prices, transport costs, local restrictions due to a pandemic, a worsening economy, and changes in market demand and taxes. Events that could lead to fewer restaurant visits, reduced demand and increased price competition, affect volumes and gross margins, among other things through increased discounts and customer bonuses. The development of a varied and attractive range is important for the Group to achieve good sales and earnings development.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine resulted in a deterioration in geopolitical conditions. The Group monitors developments and complies with all sanctions imposed. Uncertainty is high and it is currently difficult to assess the consequences and long-term effects for the Group because of this. At present, the direct impact is limited. No input materials and no imports come from these two countries.
Operational risks are normally handled by the respective operating unit and may refer to production interruptions, IT breakdowns, fire or other risks due to insufficient processes or handling errors. In many cases, the company can control this type of risk itself.
Sustainability risks include environmental, human rights and anti-corruption risks. This also includes risks such as not being able to keep up with external requirements regarding material development and reporting or legal requirements. These risks are managed through active prevention measures. The company also has activities and control mechanisms to counter them, for example through audits of suppliers under our Code of Business Conduct. To read more about our extensive sustainability work, see the Annual Report and Sustainability Report 2022.
The Group’s financial management and its management of financial risks are regulated by a finance policy adopted by the Board of Directors. The Group divides its financial risks between currency risks, interest rate risks, credit risks, financing risks and liquidity risks. These risks are controlled in an overall risk management policy that focuses on unforeseen events in the financial markets and endeavors to minimize potential adverse effects on the Group’s financial results. The risks for the Group are also related to the Parent Company in all essential respects. The Group’s management of financial risks is described in more detail in the Annual Report and Sustainability Report 2022.