The Group Audit and Internal Control Committee examines the compliance situation within the Group and the state of progress in respect of compliance-related initiatives for each Group entity; The Committee ensures implementation of a formal policy for preventing and dealing with conflicts of interest. In this regard, it:
• Ensures that a policy for preventing and managing conflicts of interest is adopted and enforced operationally. This policy must comprise a whistle-blowing mechanism, appropriate standards for supervising related party transactions, clear demarcation of reporting lines and responsibilities of members of the management body, a definition of delegation of powers and procedures for dealing with cases of non-compliance with these policies and procedures;
• Ensures that the General Management Committee applies procedures prohibiting or restricting, in an appropriate manner, activities, relations or situation likely to harm the quality of governance such as:
- Loans, especially to members of administrative or management bodies or to shareholders, on terms which do not reflect standard market conditions or on terms different to those enjoyed by all staff as employee benefits;
- Preferential treatment given to related parties or to other favoured entities;
Regarding monitoring the risk of noncompliance to which the Group is exposed,
- Ensures that operations carried out and internal procedures comply with the legal and regulatory provisions in force as well as with industry and ethical standards and practices;
- Ensures that the Group Compliance function has adequate technical human resources and skills including knowledge of markets and products and that the employees in question have regular access to appropriate training.