This programme is open to those who currently work in a bank or financial institution and are interested in getting into a risk related role or increasing their awareness of risk.
Banks are companies and the general principles of corporate governance apply to them as they would to any other company. Risk governance is the oversight process under which risk management operates.
Risk governance covers the legal responsibilities of the board of directors and senior management to:
- put an appropriate risk management framework in place; and
- establish objectives and policies at a strategic level.
This short course will introduce you to concepts including corporate governance legislation, procedures, best practice, and reporting. It will also help you review banks’ key stakeholders, risk appetite and evaluation of compliance.
The way in which banks are governed differs considerably from non-financial organisations. The main drivers for this are the complexity of bank operations, the uniqueness of bank balance sheets and the role that banks play within the economy. The complexity and opaqueness of bank balance sheets and their financial operations mean it is much harder for external stakeholders to evaluate and understand the financial position of a bank, as well as the risks that it is taking.
It’s crucial that banks remain financially sound to protect depositors, considering the negative effects that bank failure can have upon individuals and wider society. Therefore, banks need to provide protection to a much wider range of stakeholders, who may not ordinarily have the power or influence to shape strategic and operational decisions. This is done through corporate governance structures as well as regulation.