Business ethics and governance

Good business ethics and sound corporate governance are basic prerequisites for TF Bank’s values and trust from customers, employees and the market, and also contribute to public trust in the financial sector.

Anti-corruption, AML and prevention of terror financing

At TF Bank, corruption primarily refers to the giving or accepting of a bribe or undue benefit, and inappropriate conduct in conflicts of interest. Conducting operations in a way that ensures corruptive practices cannot gain a foothold is a fundamental prerequisite for the continued trust of our customers, staff and the market. The Bank’s anti-corruption work is based on the Group’s Code of Conduct, which encompasses the entire Group and employees at every level. Our Compliance function ensures that the Code of Conduct is reviewed and updated every year, and that the updated Code is shared with the Group’s employees. Furthermore, regular anti-corruption training is carried out to give employees guidance on how to act in the best way if they experience uncertainty in a relationship or business relationship. All in all, this contributes to an awareness among all employees that the work with anti-corruption is an ongoing process.

We work proactively to prevent TF Bank from being used for money laundering both to counteract this societal problem and to protect our customers. The work takes place within the framework of the risk assessment and KYC process carried out on each new customer in the bank. Thereafter, transactions and activities are continuously monitored. Suspected cases of money laundering are investigated and reported to the relevant supervisory authorities in each market.

TF Bank has an internal whistle-blower function where suspected cases of deviations from the code of conduct, breaches of internal or external regulations as well as money laundering and terrorist financing can be reported anonymously by employees. If possible, the report should be made to the employee’s immediate manager, but in case it is not appropriate or possible, the report is directed to the bank’s Compliance Officer. An employee who makes a report to the whistle-blower function and who chooses not to be anonymous is considered to act loyally with his or her employer and is guaranteed to not suffer any damage from a labour law perspective.

TF Bank has also adopted a code of conduct for suppliers. Suppliers must accept the code of conduct, or alternatively provide their own code of conduct with a corresponding content, in order to be able to deliver services to TF Bank.

Data security and customer integrity

TF Bank has well-established and high-quality guidelines and routines for information security, and uses security measures such as SSL encryption, backup and firewalls.

We also require that persons who process personal data undertake confidentiality through written agreements and strict information security measures. This also applies to our suppliers, which is established in our code of conduct for suppliers.

It is TF Bank’s obligation that the personal data we process is correct, complete and up to date. Personal data is protected by bank secrecy, which means that TF Bank may not disclose personal data to unauthorised persons. The bank also has extensive routines for processing personal data in accordance with GDPR.

Sound corporate governance and efficient risk management

TF Bank follows the Swedish Code of Corporate Governance and uses a well-proven model for corporate governance with clear responsibilities, guidelines and policies in all significant areas. The company’s risk management is based on three lines of defence that start in the business and support units, which include all employees. The second line comprises the independent control functions Compliance, Information Security and Risk Control, which review, evaluate and report to management and the board regarding risks and compliance. The third line consists of internal audit, which is an independent audit function that reports directly to the Board. The internal audit is mainly responsible for providing the Board with reliable and objective evaluation of risk management, financial reporting and control and governance processes in order to reduce the presence of risks and improve the control structure. More information about TF Bank’s corporate governance can be found in governance section.

KPI:s – business ethics and governance 2021 2020
Number of customer complaints 21 18
Number of reported GDPR breaches 0 0
Number of reports to whistle-blower function 0 0
Tax payments (SEK) 107,990 86,970

TF Bank has also adopted a code of conduct for suppliers. Suppliers must accept the code of conduct, or alternatively provide their own code of conduct with a corresponding content, in order to be able to deliver services to TF Bank. The Bank’s compliance department carries out an annual review of suppliers in relation to the Code of Conduct.