A copy of the Corporate Governance Statement for Fiducian Group Limited is available for download below.
The Corporate Governance Statement should be read in conjunction with other documents available on this website, including the Annual Report and other charters and policies (see below).
The fundamental role of the Fiducian Group Limited’s Board is to direct management with a view to optimising the performance of the Group both in the short and long term by:
Fiducian Group Limited’s personnel, including all officers, employees, contractors, franchisees and associates, operate under a formal code of conduct. Fiducian believes all its personnel should act at all times with the utmost integrity, objectivity, and in compliance with the letter and spirit of the law.
The code of conduct is intended to ensure that all personnel of Fiducian are aware of their obligations under the Corporations Act 2001 and of Fiducian’s expectations in the areas of corporate and personal conduct.
The Board, management and personnel of Fiducian are committed to implementing Fiducian’s core principles and values stated in the Code of Conduct when dealing with customers, clients, employees, regulators, creditors and the community as a whole.
Fiducian is dedicated to delivering outstanding performance for investors, customers and personnel. Fiducian aspires to continue its success while operating openly with honesty, integrity and responsibility and maintaining a strong sense of corporate social responsibility.
To maintain its corporate social responsibility Fiducian will conduct its business ethically and according to its values, encouraging community initiatives.
Fiducian is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on gender, age, cultural background or country of origin. Fiducian is also committed to workplace diversity, and its Diversity Policy reflects that commitment.
A diverse workforce is one that offers equal opportunity to all employees, recognises and embraces the value that different people can bring to a company through their gender, age, ethnicity, cultural background, marital status, sexual orientation and/or religious beliefs.
Fiducian’s Diversity Policy encourages people of different race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, age or disability and skills to participate and receive recognition, reward and management responsibility commensurate with their performance.
Fiducian Group Limited’s audit, risk management and compliance responsibilities are overseen by an Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee’s (ARCC).
The broad principles of corporate governance as they apply to the ARCC’s role is set out in the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee Charter
The fundamental roles of the ARCC, as defined in the Charter, are to:
Risk Management Framework (RMF) brings together systems, structures, processes and people that identify, manage and monitor risks within Fiducian. The RMF identifies risks associated with achieving strategic objectives and conducting business operations. In formulating RMF, the Board considers optimising risk by having regard to its business strategy, growth plans, resources and the interests of its stakeholders. The RMF includes a Risk Management Strategy, a Risk Appetite Statement, a Risk Register, a designated Risk Management Function and a Quality Control Assurance Program.
The Chief Risk Officer (CRO) conducts risk workshops with each Business Unit Head on a quarterly basis. During these workshops, the risks, risk descriptions, the risk controls, inherent risk ratings, residual risk ratings, risk tolerances and risk appetite are discussed. Amendments are made to the risk register to keep the risk register current. In addition, any emerging risks are also discussed. Risk Workshops are also conducted with the Investment Committee, the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee (ARCC) and the Board.
Each Risk Owner also review risks on our risk and compliance system (TICKIT). This is where the risk owners confirm that the risk controls remain effective to mitigate the risks and that the risk ratings are appropriate.
The CRO conducts Quality Control Assurance where evidence is sighted to verify that the controls are operating effectively. The CRO monitors and reports risk activities to an independent ARCC who oversees compliance with the RMF.
Compliance of RMF is targeted towards ISO 31000 – International Risk Management Standard
The Three Lines of Defence Model is fully operational which details essential roles and duties of staff, Risk Function and Internal Audit to implement an effective RMF. A risk-aware culture is fostered and facilitated at the Board Level and cascaded down through all levels of Fiducian, supported by the embedment of the Three Lines of Defence model. There is a clear expectation that all management and employees within Fiducian are responsible for playing their respective roles in risk management effectively.