- A corporate code of conduct or ethics policy should be implemented to provide employees, officers, directors and agents with specific guidelines on acceptable and unacceptable business practices.
- The policies should cover the entire organization, including subsidiaries and specific business activities unique to an institution.
- The corporate code of conduct or ethics policy should adopt provisions that explain the general prohibitions of the Federal Bank Bribery law.
- Management should require bank employees, officers, directors and agents to sign a written acknowledgement of the institutions corporate code of conduct or ethics policy, including written acknowledgement of any subsequent material changes to the code or policy.
- Management should provide periodic training about its corporate code of conduct or ethics policy.
- Compliance with the policies should be monitored. Violators should be subject to specific and appropriate actions to deter wrongdoing, compel accountability and promote adherence to the policy.
FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
Chief Executive Officer
FDIC Statement of Policy – "Guidelines for Compliance with The Federal Bank Bribery Law
18 U.S.C. 215"
FDIC Statement of Policy – "Statement Concerning the Responsibilities of Bank Directors and Officers"
FIL-46-2005, dated June 1, 2005: "Guidance on Developing an Effective Pre-employment Background Screening Process"
FIL-80-2005, dated August 16, 2005: "Guidance on Implementing a Fraud Hotline"
"Corporate Codes of Conduct: Guidance on Implementing an Effective Ethics Program"
Examination Specialist Kathryn Weatherby at
email@example.com or (202) 898-3673
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