The Managing Board and all other staff of Credit Europe Bank N.V. including its branches, liaison offices and subsidiaries (hereinafter collectively ‘Credit Europe Bank’) endeavour to maintain a company culture and business strategy whereby Credit Europe Bank’s core and base values and standards of professional conduct are maintained at every business level and within all its activities. These standards include national, international and European legislation, regulations issued by the relevant local (supervisory) authorities, generally accepted business standards and Credit Europe Bank’s own internal standards (including ethical standards).
Credit Europe Bank endeavors to contribute to the global fight against financial and economic crime, such as money laundering. For this, it has developed and maintains a sound framework, which includes policies, procedures, processes and periodical trainings to staff members on financial and economic crime prevention.
Credit Europe Bank does not tolerate tax evasion, being a violation of (inter)national law. At the same time, it recognizes that the legal establishment, business structures and transactions of some (legal) entities can be motivated by tax incentives, exemptions, or other tax benefits legally offered by specific (offshore) jurisdictions or specialised tax companies. It is a well-known fact that tax considerations (regular tax planning) play a part in companies and private individuals setting up a legal structure. Credit Europe Bank therefore specifically assesses the risks of tax avoidance to ascertain that tax reasons are not the only reason for the business structuring and/or registration in offshore jurisdictions of its customers. Under no circumstances Credit Europe Bank will accept or condone activities or behaviour that will or might in any way conflict with any of its core and base values and standards.
Credit Europe Bank is committed to create value for its customers whilst meeting its statutory and regulatory obligations. This includes maintaining a fraud and corruption prevention culture. Credit Europe Bank’s core and base values and standards, governance and risk management frameworks, and controls work together to prevent, detect and respond to potential or actual fraudulent or corrupt conduct. To ensure Credit Europe Bank understand at all times the integrity risks ￚ also referred to as compliance risks ￚ it is facing, integrity risk assessments are undertaken periodically to determine how these risks are mitigated by the controls that have been implemented and to establish whether the residual risk level is within CEB’s integrity risk appetite. Credit Europe Bank staff are provided with training and communication in ethics and compliance, including fraud and corruption prevention, to understand their responsibilities and obligations in observing and maintaining high standards of integrity in all Credit Europe Bank’s business dealings.
The Managing Board has adopted a Compliance Charter and validated compliance policies on specific topics with the sole purpose of embedding the integrity principles of Credit Europe Bank in all levels and structures of its organisation. The integrity principles identified by Credit Europe Bank are grouped in four (4) categories: staff integrity, customer integrity, organisation integrity and services integrity. By implementing these principles in all levels and structures of its organisation, Credit Europe Bank intends (i) to protect its assets from any form of loss or damage and (ii) to avoid further any kind of negative publicity for its organization.
Although the Managing Board has the overall responsibility for ensuring compliance, it is important to stress that all staff of Credit Europe Bank have a duty in respect of compliance. Therefore, the mitigation of any compliance risk is a shared responsibility. For this, Credit Europe Bank applies a three lines of defense model:
- The first line of defense is formed by management and business which are ￚas stated hereinabove ￚprimarily responsible for the implementation and maintenance of proper control measures with respect to compliance.
- The second line of defense is formed by the risk management functions ￚincluding the compliance function ￚ that support the first line of defense functions and provide advice on the implementation and maintenance of compliance.
- The third line of defense is formed by the internal audit function, which assesses the functioning and effectiveness of the business units and the risk management and compliance activities.
As compliance is strongly related to socially accepted standards and society is constantly changing, Credit Europe Bank’s method of mitigating any compliance risk is subject to constant evaluation and upgrade.
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Please find on this webpage further information on the measures taken by Credit Europe Bank to fight against money laundering and terrorist financing, and to deal with potential conflicts of interests.