21 mars 2017 SAAFI.FR

Corporate governance for Takaful institutions

Corporate governance

Corporate governance is a qualitative and voluntary approach that aims to satisfy the interests of all stakeholders by introducing the utmost rigor and transparency in the administration and management of Takaful institutions. As a result of this vision, Takaful institutions have to cover themselves at low cost against many operational risks and ensure that they have many competitive advantages that will grant them:

  • Better readability;
  • Better operational and strategic results;
  • Improved attractiveness;
  • Improved reliability.

Governance standards should improve compliance with the principles of fairness, accountability, responsibility and transparency.

  • Accountability: Each stakeholder is accountable to another for which it is responsible.
  • Fairness: The rights and duties of the stakeholders, as well as the privileges and obligations attached thereto, should be distributed equitably.
  • Responsibility: The responsibilities of one and the other have precise, unrequited objects.
  • Transparency: Rights and duties, as well as the prerogatives and responsibilities deriving from them, are clear and explicit for all.

General governance

Takaful institutions have organizational and operational structures designed to support their strategic objectives and activities. These structures must be adaptable to changes in strategic objectives, activities or the environment in which Takaful institutions operate, within appropriate time frames

Takaful institutions ensure that tasks and responsibilities are allocated, separated and coordinated in accordance with Takaful institutions’ policies, and reflected in job descriptions and responsibilities. Takaful institutions ensure that all important tasks are covered while avoiding unnecessary duplication. Effective cooperation amongst staff members is encouraged.

Competence

Takaful institutions guarantee that the managers are competent. It should take into account their respective individual obligations to ensure adequate diversity of qualifications, knowledge and relevant experience so that Takaful institutions are professionally managed and supervised.

Shareholders

Shareholders have rights as defined by law and any contractual documents. The rights of the shareholders are reflected in the prerogatives they exercise in the framework of their General Meeting. Through the standards of governance, each shareholder must be able to assert his rights in a fair, transparent and reliable manner.

Board of directors

Governance is implemented through the Board of Directors and the Committees linked to the Board of Directors, like Risk Management Committee or Compliance Committee. The Board of Directors is composed of directors appointed by the General Meeting. The duties to be performed by the Board of Directors are defined in the Takaful institutions articles and may be supplemented or clarified by resolutions of the General Meeting. The Board of Directors is required to ensure that Takaful institutions have adequate risk management, financial and operational control and compliance with applicable laws and standards. The Board of Directors is responsible for the proper execution of its tasks. It shall endeavor to make an objective and independent judgment on the conduct of the affairs of Takaful institutions and act diligently in the best interests of Takaful institutions and their shareholders. When its decisions are likely to affect the different categories of shareholders in a variable manner, the Board of Directors must take into account the interests involved and ensure that they are treated fairly. Its decisions and trade-offs must be based on transparent fairness and ethical standards.

Sharia Board

Sharia Supervisory Board, which must be composed of at least three members, is responsible for advising, reviewing and supervising Takaful institutions’ activities with a view to ensuring their conformity with Sharia. Its opinions are binding on the Takaful institutions. IFSB Norm 10 provides that the Sharia governance system adopted by Takaful institutions must be commensurate with its size, complexity and the nature of its business.

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