Corporate Governance, defined as the system by which companies are directed and controlled, continues to be a Board priority, as directors are increasingly required to demonstrate and report to those with an interest in the Company (‘stakeholders’) about the procedures, systems and controls they have put in place to achieve results, improve accountability and prevent malpractice or fraud. In recent years various recommendations have been made in several legal and professional publications, in an attempt to determine the most appropriate way for companies to be structured to achieve the highest standards of corporate governance. The Board of Directors of the Bank is committed to full compliance of all relevant laws, the “Guidelines on Corporate Governance Practices by Public Listed Companies in Kenya” issued by the Capital Markets Authority, the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) Prudential Guidelines and the Bank’s internal policies on corporate governance.
The Board is responsible for the governance of the Bank and is committed to ensuring that its business and operations are conducted with integrity and in compliance with the law, internationally accepted principles and best practices of corporate governance and business ethics. In this respect, the Board confirms that the Bank complies with all relevant local legislation, including the provisions of the Banking Act and the prudential regulations issued by the CBK.
The Board fulfills its fiduciary obligations to the shareholders by maintaining control over the strategic, financial, operational and compliance issues of the Bank. Whilst the Board provides direction and guidance on strategic and general policy matters and remains responsible for establishing and maintaining overall internal controls over financial, operational and compliance issues, it has delegated authority to the Managing Director to conduct the day-to-day business of the Bank.
The Board consists of eleven non- executive and independent directors (including the Chairman) and one executive director (the Managing Director).Board members possess extensive experience in a variety of disciplines, including banking, business and financial management, all of which are applied in the overall management of the Bank. All non-executive directors are subject to periodic retirement and reelection to the Board, in accordance with the Bank’s Articles of Association.
The Board meets at least four times a year, and has a formal schedule of matters reserved for it. The directors are given appropriate and timely information to enable them to maintain full and effective control over strategic, financial, operational and compliance issues. The remuneration of all directors is subject to regular monitoring to ensure that levels of remuneration and compensation are appropriate. Non-executive directors are paid an annual fee in addition to a sitting allowance for every meeting attended. They are not eligible for membership of the pension scheme and do not participate in any of the Bank’s bonus schemes.