Sustainable Governance

  • In 2017 and 2018, Fubon Financial Holdings has been included as a constituent in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for two years, ranking second out of total financial institutions in the world in the "FBN Diversified Financial Services and Capital Markets" category, making it the only Taiwanese financial holding company to be included. In addition, Fubon was included as a constituent in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index Emerging Markets for third year.
  • Fubon Financial Holdings ranked in the top 5% of the Taiwan Stock Exchange’s "Corporate Governance Evaluation" of listed companies for the fourth year in a row since 2014.
  • To advance change risk management, at the end of 2018, the Company introduced and published its Recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures through TCFD to reveal climate-related information.

Long-Term Goals
Sustainable Governance That Moves With the Times, Making the World A Better Place.
Mid-Term Goals
Implement the 5 major projects of the Corporate Governance Roadmap(2018-2020)to connect with global trends
Progress Made in 2018 Short-Term Goals for 2019
1. Deepening Corporate Governance and CSR Culture. 1-1: Ranked in the top 5% of Taiwan’s listed companies in the Corporate Governance Evaluation surveyed by Taiwan Stock Exchange.
1-2: Continued to be included as a constituent company of the TWSE "Taiwan Corporate Governance 100 Index".
1-3: Taiwan Corporate Governance Association CG6011 Corporate Governance Evaluation (Excellence Certification).
1-4: Completed the "Ethical Management and the Guideline for Conduct" educational training for all Fubon Financial Holdings employees.
1-1: Ranked in the top 5% of Taiwan’s listed companies in the Corporate Governance Evaluation surveyed by Taiwan Stock Exchange.
1-2: Continued to be included as a constituent company of the TWSE "Taiwan Corporate Governance 100 Index".
1-3: Propagate the Corporate Governance Roadmap and corporate social responsibilities to employees and members of the Board.
2. Enhancing Board Functions. 2-1: Self-assessment of performance by the Board of Directors and Functional Committees.
2-2: According to the FSC "Corporate Governance Roadmap (2018~2020)" amended the FHC "Corporate Governance Best Practice Principles" and related policy.
2-1: External evaluation of Director performance and feasible advice once every three years.
2-2: Study the mechanisms connecting the Board of Director's self- (or peer) evaluation of performance and remuneration.
3. Promoting Shareholder Activism. 3-1: Sign the Stewardship Principles for Institutional Investors.
3-2: Strengthen internal and external communication; highlight the effects of the Company’s ESG operations.
3-1: Increase the content of reports for shareholder meetings.
3-2: Highlight the Company’s ESG effectiveness externally, while internally responding to ESG-related concerns from external investors.
4. Strengthening Information Transparency. 4-1: Add new and climate change risk management information disclosure. 4-1: Introduce the TCFD project. Continue to advance the comprehensiveness of external risk management information disclosure.
5. Augmenting Regulatory Enforcement. 5-1: Raise compliance awareness, strengthen internal dialogue, and establish reporting systems.
5-2: Establish the Financial Holdings Anti-Money Laundering Division, complete anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing risk assessments.
5-3: Implement tax governance and transaction risk management. Establish regular written communication on taxes with subsidiaries.
5-1: Regtech Project: Establish a platform for posting penalized cases and legal information.
5-2: Establish an anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing information sharing platform.
5-3: Continue to implement tax risk management and strengthen tax supervision and management of subsidiaries.

Fubon Financial Holdings Corporate Governance Structure

永續治理架構

Fubon Financial Holdings has established three functional committees under the Board of Directors—the "Corporate Governance and Sustainability Committee," the "Audit Committee," and the "Remuneration Committee" — to strengthen the board’s management functions.

Committee Composition Rules Members Main Responsibilities 2018 Operations
Corporate Governance and Sustainability Committee Members appointed by the board and must be board directors; must have no fewer than 3 members, and at least half of the members must be independent directors Convener:
Ind. director
Louis Cheung
Members:
Ind. director
Ming-Je Tang;
Ind. Director
Chan-Jane Lin;
Ind. Director
Shin-Min Chen;
Ind. Director
Fan-Chih Wu ;
Ind. Director
Jung-Feng Chang;
Director
Chih-Ming Chen;
Director
Richard M. Tsai
  • Helps the board nominate Board of Director candidates and recommends potential independent directors for Fubon subsidiaries
  • Develops initiatives and advises the board on its internal operations and management and issues
  • Oversees implementation of CSR and sustainable operations initiatives and evaluates their effectiveness
Met 5 times; Average attendance was 90%.
Audit Committee Made up of all of the Company’s independent directors; must have no fewer than 3 members Convener:
Ind. Director
Chan-Jane Lin
Members:
Ind. Director
Chi-Yan Louis Cheung;
Ind. Director
Ming-Je Tang;
Ind. Director
Shin-Min Chen;
Ind. Director
Fan-Chih Wu;
Ind. Director
Jung-Feng Chang
  • Oversees the fair presentation of the Company’s financial statements
  • Hires (dismisses) the accounting firm used by the Company and certifies its independence and performance
  • Monitors effectiveness of Company’s internal controls
  • Supervises appropriateness of internal compliance procedures
  • Oversees the management of existing or potential risks
Met 7 times; Average attendance was 97.6%.
Remuneration Committee Members appointed by the board of directors; must have no fewer than 3 members, and at least half of the members must be independent directors Convener:
Ind. director
Ming-Je Tang
Members:
Ind. Director
Chi-Yan Louis Cheung;
Ind. Director
Chan-Jane Lin;
Ind. Director
Shin-Min Chen;
Ind. Director
Fan-Chih Wu;
Ind. Director
Jung-Feng Chang
  • Establishes and reviews the Company’s policies, systems and structures related to the performance evaluations and remuneration of board members and managerial officers
  • Regularly assesses the actual remuneration paid to board members and managerial officers
Met 5 times; Average attendance was 96.7%.

Date: 2018/12/31

Since setting up the three functional committees under the Board of Directors to strengthen its management functions and corporate governance, the Company has worked hard to optimize the organization and responsibilities of each committee to ensure that the board provides effective policy guidance and management oversight.


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Fubon Financial Holdings’ determination to meet its responsibilities as a corporate citizen and embrace sustainability was made clear when it set up an “ESG Task Force” under the Corporate Governance and Sustainability Committee. The Task Force, led by Fubon Financial Holdings’ president, is responsible for managing and implementing corporate sustainability initiatives and consists of six working teams focused on corporate governance, employee care, responsible finance, customer engagement, social commitment and environmental sustainability. The committee appointed independent directors Ming-Je Tang and Jason Wang to supervise the ESG Task Force. According to the Corporate Governance and Sustainability Committee Charter, the ESG Task Force is required to submit a report at the beginning of each year on its plans for that year and a progress report every half year. The reports are then submitted to the board of directors after review by the committee.

Working Team 2018 Results 2019 Implementation Plans
Corporate Governance Team
  • With respect to corporate governance, a performance evaluation of the functional committees and an external evaluation system of the Board of Directors were introduced to improve the efficacy of the Board of Directors. One result of this is Fubon ranking in the top 5% of the Taiwan Stock Exchange’s "Corporate Governance Evaluation" of listed companies.
  • Integrating identification and management mechanisms for emerging risks.
  • Continual communication with legal persons on the Company's financial and ESG performance.
  • To advance change risk management, at the end of 2018, the Company introduced and published its Recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures through TCFD to reveal climate-related information.
  • Fubon will continue implementing the external evaluation system of the Board of Directors to improve its efficacy, including studying the mechanisms connecting the Board of Director's self- (or peer) evaluation of performance and remuneration.
  • Establishing an environmental, social and governance (ESG) efficiency management mechanism, such as: establishing a supplier management policy and a sustainability evaluation system, etc.
  • Initiate identification and management mechanisms for emerging risks.
  • Continual communication with legal persons on the Company's financial and ESG performance.
  • Introduce the TCFD project. Continue to advance the comprehensiveness of external risk management information disclosure.
  • Implement Regtech Project: Establish a platform for posting penalized casesand legal information.Establish an anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing information sharing platform.
Employee Care Team
  • Continual implementation of the Golden Practices of the five main strategies of the Fubon ESG Visioning Project.
  • Continual promotion of unions and the signing of collective bargaining agreements in order to promote harmony and communications with Labor-Management Relations.
  • An evaluation of risks to human rights has been conducted on the entire body of personnel; the Maternal Health Plan for Female Employees and the Ergonomic Hazards Prevention Program were fully implemented.
  • Planned development of the employees' professional abilities and the establishment of a diverse and autonomous learning environment as a continual response to external trends and internal management strategies.
  • Continual promotion of projects such as health care for the married and child-rearing employees, promotion of health, and environmental safety. Encouraging employees and their family members to participate in charity and environmental protection activities with the aim of promoting work-life balance.
  • Continual implementation of the Golden Practices of the five main strategies of the Fubon ESG Visioning Project.
  • Continual evaluation of risks to human rights and full implementation of the Plan to Prevent Unlawful Harassment in the Workplace and the Plan to Prevent Unlawful Harassment in the workplace.
  • Conducting employee engagement surveys.
  • Continual promotion of health and safety-related projects in the aspects of systems, environment/facilities, and activities.In 2019, the Company plan to establish another fitness center at one of major office buildings.
Responsible Finance Team
  • Continual realization of "leading investment" and "honest lending" among the five main strategies of the Fubon ESG Visioning Project.
  • Taipei Fubon Bank continued promoting loans to integrated energy service companies (ESCOs), green buildings, and solar power system loans in support of government policy and continued providing the Taipei Young Entrepreneur Loan. Joined the Equator Principles Association in response to international trends; introduced the Principles in the credit risk management mechanism of significant financing projects.
  • The Head Office of the Investment Management Division formulated responsible investment policies which apply to every level of the Group's subsidiaries; incorporated the human rights regulations and investment guidelines for high risk investment industries/targets in the policies. And all subsidiaries established responsible investment strategies for front office investment procedures based on each individual type of investment product. In addition, sector-based investments such as the following were added in response to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): new drug development, alternative energies, infrastructure, and green construction.
  • The Fubon TWSE Corporate Governance 100 ETF was issued, which is the first domestic stock ETF with an investment theme of corporate governance.
  • Support Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Improve the Industry Structure:Help small and medium-sized
  • Continual realization of "leading investment" and "honest lending" among the five main strategies of the Fubon ESG Visioning Project.
  • Establishment of regulations related to the Equator Principles for further management of the ESG-related risks of high-risk lending/investment targets. Issuance of green bonds and continual promotion of the green energy/energy conservation loans.
  • The subsidiaries will establish and strengthen responsible investment strategies and action plans based on the Principles for Responsible Investment. The concept and decision-making process of ESG risk evaluation will be strengthened to establish control procedures for high-risk countries, industries or companies to be used in pre-investment evaluation. Detailed inventories of our existing investment portfolios will be taken in order to gradually increase the proportion of our responsible investments.
Customer Engagement Team
  • Continual realization of "innovative finance" among the five main strategies of the Fubon ESG Visioning Project.
  • In order to achieve service excellence, the subsidiaries continued implementing digitization and innovative services in business and service.
  • Continued conducting real-time satisfaction surveys and regularly reviewed the evaluation to raise the bar and improve efficiency. Improvement plans have been provided for cases in which the results were lower than the standard to effectively monitor service quality.
  • Customer service and customer complaint processing training was strengthened and reinforced to maintain good customer relations.
  • Digital financial services were optimized and improved to provide more convenient operation methods to employees and more convenient interfaces for customers. In addition, innovative technology was utilized to develop robo advisor services and wearable devices that provide customers with smart wealth management.
  • Continual realization of "innovative finance" among the five main strategies of the Fubon ESG Visioning Project.
  • The subsidiaries will continue to dedicate themselves to customer-oriented FinTech services. The focus will be placed on the two main concepts of digitization and mobilization in the continual establishment and optimization of the digital trading platform and the business system app. New functions and services will be developed for digital customer services, robo advisors, and big data marketing.
Social Commitment Team
  • Continual realization of "innovative finance" and "tender care" among the five main strategies of the Fubon ESG Visioning Project.
  • Continual utilization of our core competencies to develop projects that benefit the society which will promote health management and improve the resilience of social assets.
  • Continual sponsorship in sports tournaments and athletes to generate more societal interest in athletics and fitness and to support of the brand spirit of positive energy.
  • Continual integration of the resources of Fubon Financial Holdings and subsidiaries to reinforce the support of charity activities in various fields through the four main foundations, which will develop holistic social welfare services.
  • Continual realization of "innovative finance" and "tender care" among the five main strategies of the Fubon ESG Visioning Project.
  • Continual utilization of our core competencies to develop projects that benefit the society which will promote health management and improve the resilience of social assets.
  • Continual sponsorship in sports tournaments and athletes to generate more societal interest in athletics and fitness and to support of the brand spirit of positive energy.
  • Continual integration of the resources of Fubon Financial Holdings and subsidiaries to reinforce the support of charity activities in various fields through the four main foundations, which will develop holistic social welfare services.
Environmental Sustainability Team
  • Continual implementation of the Golden Practices of the five main strategies of the Fubon ESG Visioning Project.
  • Incorporated ISO50001 Energy Management System; Continued to implement ISO14001 Environmental Management System and ISO14064-1 GHG Inventory Certificate.
  • Continued to implement the energy conservation and carbon reduction practices internally and supported green energy and green procurement.
  • Actively install solar panels in response to the government’s green energy policies. Total power generation is 23,973 kWh, reducing a total of 13,281 kg CO2e emissions.
  • Continual implementation of the Golden Practices of the five main strategies of the Fubon ESG Visioning Project.LED lighting and replacement of elevators and air conditioning systems in the Beitou Building and the Fubon Financial Building will fulfill energy conservation practices.
  • Fubon Life, Taipei Fubon Bank, and Fubon Securities will continue to promote the introduction of the ISO 14001 environmental management system.
  • Continual support of green energy, various energy conservation and carbon reduction plans, and environmental protection training and promotion.The Fubon Life Taipei Hanover Building office are expectedto be completed inthe fourth quarter of 2019.