Audit Committee (AC)
The AC oversees matters relating to the following:
- financial statements and quality of, and any significant change in, accounting policies and practices;
- adequacy and effectiveness of internal accounting control systems and material internal controls;
- appointment, re-appointment, evaluation and remuneration of the external auditor, and plans, reports and results of external audit;
- appointment, evaluation, remuneration and resignation of the Head of Group Audit;
- adequacy and effectiveness of the internal audit function, including plans, reports and results of internal audit;
- policies and procedures for handling fraud and whistleblowing cases; and
- interested person transactions and material related party transactions.
Board Credit Committee (BCC)
The BCC is responsible for:
- reviewing credit policies; and
- approving credit facilities within its limits.
Board Risk Management Committee (BRMC)
The BRMC oversees risk management matters, including the following:
- establishment and operation of a robust and independent risk management system to identify, measure, monitor, control and report risks on an enterprise-wide basis;
- adequacy of the risk management function’s resources;
- adequacy and effectiveness of the risk management system;
- review of the overall risk profile and the compliance with risk appetite, risk limits and risk-return strategy;
- establishment of risk measurement models and approaches;
- appropriateness of the remuneration and incentive structure; and
- appointment, remuneration and resignation of the Chief Risk Officer.
Nominating Committee (NC)
The main responsibilities of the NC are to:
- assess the independence of directors;
- review the size and composition of the Board and Board Committees;
- assess the performance of the Board and Board Committees and each director;
- recommend the appointment and re-election of directors;
- implement a programme for the continuous development of directors;
- review the nominations and reasons for resignations of key management appointment holders including the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Risk Officer; and
- perform succession planning.
Remuneration Committee (RC)
The RC's main responsibilities are to:
- establish a remuneration policy and framework that are in line with the strategic objectives and corporate values of the Bank and prudent risk-taking;
- determine a level and structure of remuneration that are linked to the Bank’s performance and long-term interest and which are reasonable and appropriate to attract, retain and motivate directors and key management personnel; and
- review and recommend the remuneration for directors and key management personnel.
Strategy Committee (SC)
The SC’s responsibilities are to:
- assist the Board in providing strategic direction to the Bank and oversight of the Bank’s strategic plan and implementation;
- review medium- and long-term strategic plan and oversee Management’s performance in relation to the strategy;
- review, endorse and recommend the Bank’s business plans, budget as well as capital and debt structure in relation to the strategy;
- review the Bank’s financial and operational performance in relation to the approved budget;
- consider sustainability issues in formulating strategies and oversee the management and monitoring of environmental, social and governance factors that are material to the business;
- deliberate on strategic matters which require Board review between Board meetings; and
- perform such other duties as the Board may delegate to it from time to time.
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The Bank has a whistleblowing policy which provides for access to well-defined channels for any individual to report in good faith, without fear of reprisal, any suspected wrongdoing to the Head of Group Audit, Chairman of the Audit Committee, CEO or Chairman of the Board.
Reports may be sent to the Head of Group Audit at United Overseas Bank Limited, 396 Alexandra Road, #03-09, Singapore 119954. All reports received are accorded confidentiality and investigated independently by Group Audit, the administrator of the whistleblowing policy. Group Audit submits regular updates on whistleblowing reports received to the Audit Committee.
The Bank has a code on dealing in securities. The code requires directors and employees to comply with applicable laws on insider dealings at all times and prohibits dealings in the Bank's securities:
- on short-term considerations;
- during the period commencing two weeks before the announcement of the Bank's financial statements for each of the first three quarters of the financial year and one month before the announcement of the Bank's full-year financial statements; and
- whenever they are in possession of price-sensitive information
Directors and employees are informed of the prohibited dealing periods. The Bank does not deal in its securities during the prohibited dealing periods.
Principles Of Engagement With Investment Community
- 1.1 The Group Investor Relations ("IR") Policy seeks to:-
- promote regular, effective and fair communication with the shareholders; shareholders proxy voting agencies; equity, fixed-income and ESG-focused1 analysts and investors; and credit rating agencies ("investment community");
- regularly convey pertinent information to shareholders in a fair, clear and timely manner.
2. Dissemination of Information
- 2.1 Senior Management and/or the Board shall provide timely, accurate and pertinent information about the UOB Group in accordance with Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited ("SGX-ST") listing requirements and Code Guideline 15.1.
- 2.2 All material, price-sensitive announcements will be made via the SGXNET and where applicable, other channels, including the UOB website.
- 2.3 All Business Units ("BUs") should inform Group IR Division as soon as they are aware of any material information. Group IR Division will then consult Group Secretariat on the need to release such information on SGXNET.
3. No Selective Disclosure
- 3.1 If material non-public information is released inadvertently in any forum, BUs shall immediately inform Group IR Division, who will consult Group Secretariat on a release of the same information via SGXNET.
- 3.2 Any prepared information (such as presentation slides) intended for briefings and meetings must first be released on the SGXNET. First-half and full-year results briefings are recorded live and made available to the public via the UOB website.
4. "Quiet/Blackout" Period
- 4.1 All staff should not comment in any way on the status of the UOB Group's or Bank's current quarter's financials and operations nor allude to earning estimates, during the "quiet/blackout" periods.
- 4.2 "Quiet/blackout" periods are one month before the announcement of the Group's full-year results and two weeks before each of the first-, second- and thirdquarter's results.
5. Management's Communication with Investment Community
- 5.1 Group CEO and/or such other person as authorised by him shall meet with investors and analysts on a regular basis and hold investor road shows or briefings, as appropriate.
- 5.2 The Group IR Division Head or his/her delegate(s) should be present either in person or by teleconference at all meetings with investors and analysts.
- 5.3 Communications with the investment community by BUs shall only be through the Group IR Division and with the concurrence of the Group IR Division Head. Any request for meetings/teleconferences received by BUs directly from the investment community should be redirected to the Group IR Division for followup. Group IR Division shall keep a record of all meetings/teleconferences with the investment community on a Group level.