The UK’s Parliamentary Commission for Banking Standards recently published recommendations regarding standards and culture at large banks. These recommendations as well as an industry-led effort to form an independent Banking Standards Review Council have begun to transform and enhance standards at UK banks.
John Dugan of Covington & Burling argues that the OCC’s finalized heightened standards guidelines are important not only because they will raise the bar for risk management and governance practices at large banks but also because they will establish an important precedent likely to be emulated by regulators across the globe.
In a business climate with increasing informational transparency, supply chain complexity, and public expectations for corporate performance, trust is now an essential part of business success. Banks need to acknowledge the strategic importance of reputational decisions and develop capabilities to execute these decisions in a manner that supports their broader business objectives.
In this issue, BB&T CEO Kelly King argues that, while being in the “sweet spot” should have some advantages for regional banks, the success of an institution will not be dictated solely by its size. Instead, it will be a function of how well an institution manages risks and how well it produces a return for its shareholders.
As cybersecurity risks for banks become increasingly acute, it is critical that banks pursue a new cross-disciplinary governance model for information and cybersecurity risk that addresses these emerging threats. The common element for banking organizations of all sizes, including regional banks, is that they should manage cybersecurity risk in a manner that suits their unique risk profile.