Independent assurance report
To the Supervisory Board and Shareholders of Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.:
We have been engaged by the Supervisory Board of Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. to provide limited assurance on the section Sustainability statements in the Annual Report 2010. The Board of Management is responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of the section Sustainability statements. Our responsibility is to provide limited assurance on this information contained in this Annual Report.
Our engagement was designed to provide limited assurance on whether the information in Sustainability statements is fairly stated, in all material respects.
Procedures performed to obtain a limited level of assurance are aimed at determining the plausibility of data and are less extensive than those for a reasonable level of assurance. Our procedures included reviewing systems and processes for data management, assessing the appropriateness of the accounting policies used, assessing the data collection and reporting process at a limited number of sites and evaluating the overall presentation of sustainability information within our scope.
We have also reviewed, to the extent of our competence, whether the information on sustainability in the Highlights, the Management report as defined in the introduction paragraph of Group financial statements and The Philips investment proposition is consistent with the information in Sustainability statements.
Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. applies the Sustainability Reporting Guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (G3) supported by internally developed guidelines, as detailed in Approach to sustainability reporting in Sustainability statements. It is important to view the performance data in the context of this explanatory information. We believe that these criteria are suitable in view of the purpose of our assurance engagement.
We conducted our engagement in accordance with the International Standard for Assurance Engagements (ISAE) 3000: Assurance Engagements other than Audits or Reviews of Historical Financial Information, issued by the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board. This standard requires, amongst others, that the assurance team possesses the specific knowledge, skills and professional competencies needed to understand and review sustainability information, and that they comply with the requirements of the Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants from the International Federation of Accountants to ensure their independence.
Based on our work described in this report, nothing came to our attention to indicate that the information in Sustainability statements is not fairly presented, in all material respects, in accordance with the reporting criteria as described in Approach to sustainability reporting in the section Sustainability statements in the Annual Report 2010.
We also report, to the extent of our competence, that the information on sustainability in the Highlights, the Management report as defined in the introduction paragraph of Group financial statements and The Philips investment proposition is consistent with the information in Sustainability statements.
Amstelveen, February 17, 2011
KPMG ACCOUNTANTS N.V.
M.A. Soeting RA