The Financial Services Professional Board (FSPB) releases Guidance Notes to the Code of Ethics (CoE) for the Financial Services Industry (FSI). The Guidance Notes serve as a way to instil a culture of professionalism in the industry through the development and advocacy of professional and ethical standards.
The FSPB CoE, launched in January 2016, outlines a set of five broad fundamental principles to which institutions and individuals in the FSI should adhere to. The five principles are competence, integrity, fairness, confidentiality and objectivity.
The Guidance Notes for the FSPB CoE include a summary of recommended policies, procedures and processes under each ethical principle, a list of do’s and don’ts, common scenarios faced in the FSI and suggested responses as well as questions to be asked in situations where a principle might be compromised.
“The Guidance Notes provide additional guidance and explanation on how each of the principles in the CoE applies in practice through appropriate policies, procedures and processes within an organisation,” said FSPB Chairman Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Mohd Munir Abdul Majid. “These Notes explore how the five principles can be achieved and applied in organisations across the FSI. The CoE complements the formal system of regulation and contributes towards public oversight of the FSI through a code developed by the industry, for the industry, in the public interest.”
He pointed out that the Guidance Notes do not replace any existing laws, regulations and codes. Individuals and organisations must refer to the relevant industry standards and applicable laws. Organisations can use the CoE principles to assess if they have the proper policies and procedures in place. The Guidance Notes were drafted and revised following consultations with the industry, reviewed by Bank Negara Malaysia and the Securities Commission Malaysia.