This is a free translation into English of the Statutory Auditors’ report issued in French and is provided solely for the convenience of English speaking readers. This report includes information specifically required by European regulations or French law, such as information about the appointment of Statutory Auditors. This report should be read in conjunction with, and construed in accordance with, French law and professional auditing standards applicable in France.
For the year ended August 31, 2020
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To the Shareholders,
In compliance with the engagement entrusted to us by your Shareholders Meeting, we have audited the accompanying consolidated financial statements of Sodexo for the year ended August 31, 2020. These consolidated financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors on October 28, 2020 based on information available at that date and in the evolving context of the Covid-19 health crisis.
In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements give a true and fair view of the assets and liabilities and of the financial position of the Group at August 31, 2020 and of the results of its operations for the year then ended in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union.
The audit opinion expressed above is consistent with our report to the Audit Committee.
We conducted our audit in accordance with professional standards applicable in France. We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion.
Our responsibilities under these standards are further described in the “Responsibilities of the Statutory Auditors relating to the audit of the consolidated financial statements” section of our report.
We conducted our audit engagement in compliance with the independence rules applicable to us, for the period from September 1, 2019 to the date of our report, and, in particular, we did not provide any non-audit services prohibited by article 5(1) of Regulation (EU) No. 537/2014 or the French Code of Ethics (Code de déontologie) for Statutory Auditors.
Without qualifying our opinion, we draw your attention to note 2.1.2 “New accounting standards and interpretations required to be applied” to the consolidated financial statements, which describes the adoption at September 1, 2019 of IFRS 16 “Leases” and IFRIC 23 “Uncertainty over Income Tax Treatments”.