The Standard Bank Group, which we are part of, identifies the seven characteristics of good corporate governance namely discipline, transparency, independence, accountability, responsibility, fairness and social responsibility. To promote the highest standards of corporate governance we advocate an integrated and balanced approach, taking into account a wide range of stakeholders with the fundamental principles of good financial, social, ethical and environmental practice.
The board of directors is committed to the ongoing implementation of initiatives to improve corporate governance for the benefit of all stakeholders. Furthermore, this enables our directors to balance their responsibility to provide oversight with their role as providers of strategic counsel, thereby achieving a proper balance between conformance and performance.
Our staff have to live by set values and a prescribed code of ethics which:
� Facilitates greater empowerment and faster decision-making at all levels of our business; and
� Ensure that, as a significant player in the financial services industry, we adhere to the highest
standards of responsible business practice in our interactions with all our stakeholders.