Business Ethics and Anti-CorruptionBusiness Ethics and Anti-Corruption
Maintaining high standards of business ethics and transparency and preventing and combating corruption are integral parts of the VTB Group's corporate culture.
The Bank has a Code of Ethics and Anti-Corruption Policy, which establish ethical standards of operation and provide for the principles and rules of business conduct and ethics mandatory for all employees and members of the Supervisory Council, including the prevention of corruption in the performance of official duties.
Adherence to the Bank's Code of Ethics is mandatory and unconditional for all employees. In cases where the ethical standards and principles set out in the Code of Ethics are higher than those defined by business practice and applicable law, the Bank observes the standards and principles of the Code of Ethics.
VTB also participates in anti-corruption partnerships. In particular, in 2020, projects were implemented jointly with the Anti-Corruption Centre of the Higher School of Economics to develop a regulatory framework for combating corruption, including the creation of e-courses on foreign anti-corruption legislation applicable to Russian organisations and the creation of a database of court practice on the application of liability for corruption offences.
Also with the support of VTB, the Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation has held a number of scientific, practical and educational events aimed at creating an atmosphere of intolerance to corrupt practices in society and increasing the effectiveness of anti-corruption education.
Internal control and business ethics training of personnel
In order to maintain the highest ethical standards of VTB Group operations, mandatory training has been arranged for all employees.
All newly hired employees are obligated to familiarise themselves with the internal regulations that stipulate principles and standards of ethical conduct and terms of employment with the Bank or any other company of the VTB Group. Employee adaptation includes required introductory training courses that explain the Code of Ethics to all categories of new employees. Training programmes are available as remote learning sessions on the Bank’s employee education portal and on VTB Group companies’ internal corporate platforms.
System for receiving employees' reports on violations and abuses
The Bank has a multi-channel system for receiving employee reports of violations and abuses, including those related to conflicts of interest, corruption and business ethics. Responsible functional areas of the Bank regularly analyse information, identify causes and make recommendations on how to resolve the situations that have arisen and prevent their occurrence in the future.
Part of this system is the Whistleblower hotline where employees can address issues of violations of Russian law and the Bank's regulatory and organisational and administrative documents, including reporting cases of corruption.
A total of 49 reports were made by employees to the whistleblower hotline in 2020. Each request was investigated, and appropriate measures were taken as a result.