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The compliance function in banks

The compliance function in banks The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision under the auspices of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) published a consultation paper in late 2003 on the compliance function in banks. The aim of the consultation paper is to set out the views of banking supervisors and provide basic guidance for banks. Whereas there is no attempt to prescribe a uniform approach, a clear set of general principles is laid down for the role of the compliance function within banking organisations. Furthermore, recognition is given to the fact that diversity exists between banks with respect to their internal organisation of the compliance function and also to diversity in the legal and regulatory environment affecting the compliance function across jurisdictions. The core objectives of this paper are to examine the BIS approach to the compliance function and look at how this is likely to evolve. The authors draw on experience from the UK life assurance industry where substantial inroads have been made to embed a compliance competent culture within such types of financial institutions. A partnership approach is highlighted as essential to achieving a viable and meaningful compliance function. Finally, an ethical approach is explored as the possible future direction for banks. The first section reviews the new principles for the compliance function; the second section describes issues that arise; the third section analyses a partnership approach and explores an ethical approach; and the final section provides a summary and conclusion. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2004 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1358-1988
DOI
10.1108/13581980410810795
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Abstract

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision under the auspices of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) published a consultation paper in late 2003 on the compliance function in banks. The aim of the consultation paper is to set out the views of banking supervisors and provide basic guidance for banks. Whereas there is no attempt to prescribe a uniform approach, a clear set of general principles is laid down for the role of the compliance function within banking organisations. Furthermore, recognition is given to the fact that diversity exists between banks with respect to their internal organisation of the compliance function and also to diversity in the legal and regulatory environment affecting the compliance function across jurisdictions. The core objectives of this paper are to examine the BIS approach to the compliance function and look at how this is likely to evolve. The authors draw on experience from the UK life assurance industry where substantial inroads have been made to embed a compliance competent culture within such types of financial institutions. A partnership approach is highlighted as essential to achieving a viable and meaningful compliance function. Finally, an ethical approach is explored as the possible future direction for banks. The first section reviews the new principles for the compliance function; the second section describes issues that arise; the third section analyses a partnership approach and explores an ethical approach; and the final section provides a summary and conclusion.

Journal

Journal of Financial Regulation and ComplianceEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 1, 2004

Keywords: Banking; Compliance function; Partnership approach; Ethical approach

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