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Walking the talk

Rick Borges, Head of AssessmentThis article originally features on the City of London, Responsible City blogIn our everyday lives we are guided by our personal values and...

15 May 18
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Annual Review Assessment Explained

Head of Analytics Qamar Zaman describes how the results of the Annual Assessment are produced and set out in the Annual Review.See the 2017/2018 Annual Review and...

16 April 18
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BSB announces new board member

The Banking Standards Board (BSB) has today announced the appointment of Sir Alan Wilson to its Board of Directors. Sir Alan is the Chief Executive Officer of...

10 April 18
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BSB announces new Board appointments

The Banking Standards Board (BSB) has today announced the appointment from 1 January 2018 of two new practitioners to its Board of Directors: Janet Pope, Chief of Staff,...

08 January 18
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Blog series – Susan Rice

In advance of our event at the Bank of England on 21 March 2017, we asked interested parties to write on the theme: Worthy of trust?...

20 March 17
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Can bankers be trusted?

In advance of our event at the Bank of England on 21 March 2017, we asked interested parties to write on the theme: Worthy of trust?...

15 March 17
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What is banking for?

In advance of our event at the Bank of England on 21 March 2017, we asked interested parties to write on the theme: Worthy of trust?...

15 March 17
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Sir Brendan Barber, Deputy Chairman BSB

BSB Professionalism Forum

Update: The first Professionalism Forum took place on 23 May 2017. Read Sir Brendan's comments after the first Forum and see the attendee list.The purpose of the...

14 March 17
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BSB F&P Guidance

Statement of Good Practice 1 — Certification Regime: Assessing fitness and proprietyThe new Certification Regime commenced on 7 March 2016. It requires senior managers to attest...

27 February 17
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Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve

Remarks by Baroness Onora O’Neill

“What is banking for?” Remarks by Baroness Onora O’Neill Federal Reserve Bank of New York October 20, 2016 Purposes The most basic question we can ask about any activity or any...

20 October 16
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Saker Nusseibeh joins BSB Board

The Banking Standards Board today (Monday) announced the appointment of Saker Nusseibeh, CEO of Hermes Investment Management, to its Board.Announcing the appointment, Dame Colette Bowe, Chairman...

27 July 15
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BSB welcomes creation of FICC MSB

Dame Colette Bowe, chairman of the Banking Standards Board and member of the FEMR Market Practitioner Panel said:“The Banking Standards Board (BSB) welcomes the measures announced...

10 May 15
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Senior Managers and Certification Regime

Exploring how the SMCR - and especially Certification - can be implemented in the most effective way across the sector.

The Senior Managers and Certification Regime is a major regulatory change that will affect all banks and building societies. Responding to recommendations by the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards, the government and regulators have together developed a comprehensive framework to ensure better accountability and responsibility for behaviour, competence and culture in banks and building societies. The new framework provides an opportunity for the industry to focus on and demonstrate a culture of professionalism. We are working with firms and regulators to facilitate this, including areas where a common approach across firms could support both the objectives of the regime and the skills and development of the people covered by it.

Professionalism

Evaluating whether a more 'professional' approach to banking would improve behaviour and competence across the industry.

The Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards found that 'banking culture has all too often been characterised by an absence of any sense of collective responsibility to uphold the reputation of the industry', and argued that a greater focus on professionalism could be an answer to this. Working with a leading team at the University of Leeds, we are researching the issues around professionalism in banking. In particular, we are reviewing how professional qualifications are currently used across the sector, and at whether a stronger role for professional bodies, along the lines seen in some other sectors, like medicine or law, would help raise standards. To inform this work and develop a rounded picture of 'professionalism' and what it means in banking, we are surveying banks and building societies, professional bodies and a wide range of other interested groups, including consumer bodies and investors.

Assessments

Providing an honest and impartial assessment to Boards of progress against objectives on behaviour, competence and culture.

The BSB assessment exercise presents Boards with an objective and impartial view of their firm's culture, identifying where things are working well and recommending areas for improvement. It draws on information not only from Boards and senior teams, but also from employees, investors (or members), trade unions, customer groups and other relevant bodies. In doing so, it will provide constructive challenge to each firm individually, while building a collective understanding of common issues across the industry, or sectors within it. We undertook our first annual assessment exercise in 2015 with ten firms (Barclays, Citi, HSBC Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, Metro Bank, Morgan Stanley International, Nationwide, RBS, Santander UK and Standard Chartered). The BSB itself will not publish individual assessment reports - each firm owns its own report - but key themes and messages will be set out in the BSB's annual report, the first of which will be published in Spring 2016. Given that Board engagement is central to the assessment work, only firms that have their headquarters in the UK are eligible for the full assessment exercise. All firms, including branches of firms headquartered overseas, will however be included in a focused membership-wide survey, which will allow each participating firm to benchmark itself against its peer group.

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