The Management of People’s Leasing and Finance PLC (“the Company”) engaged us to provide an independent assurance on the following elements of the sustainability reporting criteria presented in the Annual Report – 2018/19 (“the Report”).
We performed our procedures to provide limited assurance in accordance with Sri Lanka Standard on Assurance Engagements (SLSAE 3000): “Assurance Engagements Other than Audits or Reviews of Historical Financial Information”, issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (“ICASL”).
The evaluation criteria used for this limited assurance engagement are based on the Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (“GRI Guidelines”) and related information in particular, the requirements to achieve GRI Standards “In accordance” – Comprehensive guideline publication, publicly available at GRI’s global website at “www.globalreporting.org”.
Our engagement provides limited assurance as well as reasonable assurance. A limited assurance engagement is substantially less in scope than a reasonable assurance engagement conducted in accordance with SLSAE-3000 and consequently does not enable to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in a reasonable assurance engagement. Accordingly, we do not express an opinion providing reasonable assurance.
The Management of the Company is responsible for the preparation of the self-declaration, the information and statements contained within the Report, and for maintaining adequate records and internal controls that are designed to support the sustainability reporting process in line with the GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.
Our responsibility is to express a conclusion as to whether we have become aware of any matter that causes us to believe that the Report is not prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Global Reporting Initiative, GRI Standards: “In accordance” – Comprehensive guidelines. This report is made solely to the Company in accordance with our engagement letter dated 4 March 2019. We disclaim any assumption of responsibility for any reliance on this report to any person other than the Company or for any purpose other than that for which it was prepared. In conducting our engagement, we have complied with the independence requirements of the Code for Ethics for Professional Accountants issued by the ICASL.
We planned and performed our procedures to obtain the information and explanations considered necessary to provide sufficient evidence to support our limited assurance conclusions. Key assurance procedures included:
Our procedures did not include testing electronic systems used to collect and aggregate the information.
Environmental and social performance data are subject to inherent limitations given their nature and the methods used for determining, calculating and estimating such data.
Based on the procedures performed, as described above, we conclude that:
Ernst & Young
13 June 2019