Note 20: Related party transactions

We purchased and sold goods and services to various related parties in which we hold a 50 percent or less equity interest (associates and joint ventures). Such transactions were conducted at arm’s length with terms comparable with transactions with third parties.

During 2015, we considered the members of the Executive Committee and the Supervisory Board to be the key management personnel as defined in IAS 24 “Related parties”. For details on their remuneration, as well as on shares and options held by members of the Supervisory Board or Board of Management, see Note 21. In the ordinary course of business, we have transactions with various organizations with which certain of the members of the Supervisory Board or Executive Committee are associated, but no related party transactions were effected in 2015. Likewise, there have not been any transactions with members of the Supervisory Board or Executive Committee, any other senior management personnel or any family member of such persons. Also no loans have been extended to members of the Supervisory Board or Executive Committee, any other senior management personnel or any family member of such persons. For related party transactions with pension funds, see Notes 10 and 14. For receivables from and payables to related parties, see Notes 12 and 17.