Reliability as a core value
The VTB Group created a highly efficient corporate governance system aimed at achieving long-term goals that have been established for the Group’s companies while ensuring transparent decision making by its governing bodies.
Corporate governance principles and procedures are stipulated in the Corporate Governance Code of VTB BankThe Corporate Governance Code is available on the Bank’s official website., which is aimed at ensuring the Bank’s performance and protecting the interests of all shareholders regardless of the number of shares they own.
Member of the Supervisory Council and Chairman of the Shareholders’ Consultative Council
Our absolute priorities are to guarantee equal treatment of all shareholders and ensure observance of their rights to govern the Bank, receive dividends, and obtain complete information on the Bank’s operations. For this purpose, the Bank created a highly efficient system for corporate governance and internal control. The Supervisory Council oversees the Audit Committee, which, together with the Internal Audit Department, supports the management function in ensuring the smooth running of the Bank’s operations. The Statutory Audit Commission monitors the Bank’s financial and economic affairs. The efforts put in by the Shareholders’ Consultative Council in the reporting period are well worth mentioning. The members actively engaged with shareholders and spoke at all of the year’s principal shareholder events, including Investor Days in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Every year the Banks sets new goals to improve the corporate governance system and works steadily to achieve them.
At the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders held in June 2019, a new Supervisory Council was elected, which includes five directors who are not affiliated with the principal shareholder, including four representatives of minority shareholders. According to the Bank, this makes the Supervisory Council as independent as possible while also allowing the interests of a wide range of shareholders to be represented.
Shareholders also elected a new Statutory Audit Commission, which retained a seat for a representative of minority shareholders.
In 2019, the Bank continued implementing the action plan to enact the Corporate Governance Code adopted by the Bank’s Supervisory Council. The code remains the main source of guidance for improving the Bank’s corporate governance systemDetailed information on the VTB Group’s Corporate Governance System is available in the Annual Report of the VTB Group for 2019..
The corporate-governance initiatives in place helped the Bank continue to appear high (7++) in the National Corporate Governance ranking, an achievement showcasing a well-developed corporate-governance system. As part of the monitoring, various components of the Bank’s corporate governance system were analysed, such as shareholder rights, the performance of management and oversight bodies, information disclosure, and corporate social responsibility.
The Bank’s Shareholders’ Consultative Council (SCC), which has been active since 2009, represents the interests of VTB Bank’s minority shareholders. There are very few such councils in Russia. The Bank of Russia considers this practice efficient and useful in increasing shareholders’ engagement and activity. For over 10 years now, the SCC has protected the interests of minority shareholders, contributing to developing the VTB Group. All SCC members are shareholders of the Bank. One SCC member sits on the Bank’s Statutory Audit Commission, and Igor Repin, Chairman of the SCC, is a member of VTB’s Supervisory Council.
SCC members take an active part in engaging with other shareholders, including at shareholders’ general meetings and other events, both on-site and online. Requests and other information communicated to the SCC result in proposals addressed to VTB’s management. In 2019, SCC members spoke at all key shareholder events, including the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders and Investor Days in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and Yekaterinburg.