The International Integrated Reporting (<IR>) Framework launched by the International Integrated Reporting Council in December 2013 has a provision that an integrated report should include a statement in which management acknowledges its responsibility for the report. Our respective statement for 2015 is as follows:
The SAP Integrated Report 2015 is available online only. The Executive Board is aware of its responsibility to ensure the integrity of our integrated report. The members of the Executive Board have applied their collective mind to the preparation and presentation of our integrated report.
Similar to our previous reports in 2013 and 2014, our 2015 integrated report is structured along the content elements suggested in the <IR> Framework. We have applied the Guiding Principles of the <IR> Framework, but we also must ensure our compliance with legal requirements, such as the provisions regarding financial reporting in the German Commercial Code as set out in detail in the German Accounting Standard 20 Group Management Report, while balancing other reporting standards such as the G4 guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), with the <IR> Framework.
Our Executive Board has reviewed the SAP Integrated Report 2015, including the consolidated financial statements, the combined management report, as well as the other additional content related to the GRI G4 Content Index.
Our Executive Board believes that the integrated report is presented in accordance with the <IR> Framework as far as possible given the aforementioned restrictions. Should the aforementioned restrictions ever cease to apply, we will continue to strive for further alignment with the <IR> Framework in future reports.