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Risk management

Risks are an integral part of every business activity. An informed and transparent approach to risk management is a central component of our socially responsible business model. In line with the risk strategy of the entire group, ProCredit Bank in Germany takes a conservative approach to risk management.

The basic principles of our approach to risk management include

  • a focus on our core business,
  • transparency and simplicity in all of our procedures and services, and
  • careful recruitment of staff followed by intensive training.

The fact that ProCredit Bank refrains entirely from engaging in certain areas of business stems from our long-standing identity. That is why all ProCredit banks are explicitly forbidden to trade in securities or foreign currencies beyond what is necessary to meet demand from clients, manage liquidity or guard against currency risks. Our business model also prohibits speculative investment transactions.

Our risk management strategy comprises the following main components:

RiskRisk management measures
Credit risk Diversification across many countries of operation in combination with limits for country risk; focus on medium-sized clients that are customers of ProCredit Banks in Bulgaria, Serbia or Romania
Counterparty/issuer risk Mitigation of bank/issuer risk by avoiding securities with a rating below AA-
Country risk Diversification of business and restriction of activities to ProCredit’s countries of operation where the risk can be assessed as good; rating (generally, Fitch Country Ceiling) of at least BB- is required
Liquidity risk Mitigation of risk by defining very conservative stress tests and maintaining a sufficient liquidity reserve, including for worst-case scenarios
Currency risk Policy of avoiding open currency positions
Interest rate risk Very strict limits are in place
Operational risk Focus on staff quality and training; maintaining the quality of systems and processes as well as documentation thereof
Money laundering Strict implementation of international best practices for the prevention of money laundering; process support using appropriate specialised software; high level of awareness of relevant issues among staff as a result of intensive training

Compliance and anti-money laundering

The broad range of illegal or suspicious practices in the financial industry has recently re-ignited the discussion of compliance issues. As part of the international group of ProCredit banks, we see ourselves as holding a position of particular responsibility with regard to supporting international efforts to fight money laundering, terrorist financing and other acts punishable by law; adhering to all legal regulations (compliance); and ensuring that staff act in accordance with our internal code of conduct. The compliance function is performed by the legal department at ProCredit Bank.

The ProCredit Banks are required to uphold strict standards worldwide regarding the fight against money laundering and other illegal acts. In the interest of preventing these activities, the ProCredit group is guided worldwide by a uniform concept that incorporates all relevant legal and regulatory requirements, and adherence is monitored by ProCredit Holding. (Among other things, this concept has integrated the recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF) as well as the recommendations and standards of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision.) A special IT system monitors new and existing clients as well as ongoing transactions. Suspicious behaviour is reported to the Management Board of ProCredit Bank and to the AML officers of the group on a regular basis.

For more information on the subject of money laundering, please see the Statement on Compliance with Anti-Money Laundering Requirements issued by ProCredit Holding as well as the company’s Annual Report.

Remuneration

As transparency is one of our key values, and also in compliance with the Ordinance on the Supervisory Requirements for Institutions’ Remuneration Systems (§ 16 Abs. 1 InstitutsVergV i.V.m. Art. 450 of regulation (EU) No. 575/2013), we publish the following information on our remuneration system.

Remuneration for all staff is based on the standard principles established for the ProCredit group. The amount of remuneration is agreed when concluding the employment contract and is adjusted individually on a case-by-case basis. Our remuneration system does not provide any incentive to take undue risks. In addition, it does not create any incentives that could interfere with the monitoring duties of employees performing a controlling function.

In principle, ProCredit Bank AG only offers fixed remuneration components. Extraordinary payments are only made in individual cases and at the discretion of the Management Board. These payments are independent of the individual employee’s quantitative performance contributions and do not constitute a legal entitlement to receive such payments in the future.

Total staff expenses, including employer contributions to social security and pension insurance in the BVV (Versicherungsverein des Bankgewerbes) came to EUR 4.08 million in the 2018 financial year.

The Supervisory Board defines the remuneration of the management, including any possible extraordinary payments. The remuneration system has been designed in an appropriate manner. It provides no incentives to take undue risks. The members of the Management Board received salaries of EUR 394,700 in 2018 (figures rounded; including employer contributions to pension insurance in the BVV).

According to the parameters stipulated in the Remuneration Ordinance for Institutions (InstitutsVergV), we do not qualify as a “major institution”. Therefore, the requirements for such institutions pertaining to separate risk analyses do not apply.

(as of December 2018)

For detailed information on the subject of Risk Management and Remuneration please see the Disclosure Report published in accordance with CRR by our parent company, ProCredit Holding AG & Co. KGaA.

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