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Location: Central Bank of Bahrain Volume 2—Islamic Banks > Part A > High Level Standards > PB Principles of Business > PB-1 Principles > PB-1.1 Principles
  • PB-1 Principles

    • PB-1.1 Principles

    • Principle 1 – Integrity

      • PB-1.1.1

        Islamic bank licenseesG and approved personsG must observe high standards of integrity and fair dealing. They must be honest and straightforward in their dealings with customersG , and provide full disclosure of all relevant information to customers, as required by the CBB's Regulations and Directives. Banks' management must safeguard not only the interests of shareholders of the bank, but also those of the Profit Sharing Investment Account (PSIA) holders.

        Amended: April 2011
        October 07

    • Principle 2 – Conflicts of Interest

      • PB-1.1.2

        Islamic bank licenseesG and approved personsG must take all reasonable steps to identify, and prevent or manage, conflicts of interest that could harm the interests of a customerG . Again the bank's management must bear in mind the interests of shareholders and PSIA holders.

        Amended: April 2011
        October 07

    • Principle 3 – Due Skill, Care and Diligence

      • PB-1.1.3

        Islamic bank licenseesG and approved personsG must act with due skill, care and diligence.

        October 07

    • Principle 4 – Confidentiality

      • PB-1.1.4

        Islamic bank licenseesG and approved personsG must observe in full any obligations of confidentiality, including with respect to customer information. This requirement does not over-ride lawful disclosures.

        October 07

    • Principle 5 – Market Conduct

      • PB-1.1.5

        Islamic bank licenseesG and approved personsG must observe proper standards of market conduct, and avoid action that would generally be viewed as improper.

        October 07

    • Principle 6 – Customer Assets

      • PB-1.1.6

        Islamic bank licenseesG and approved personsG must take reasonable care to safeguard the assets and deposits of customersG for which they are responsible.

        October 07

    • Principle 7 – Customer Interests

      • PB-1.1.7

        Islamic bank licenseesG and approved personsG must pay due regard to the legitimate interests and information needs of their customersG and communicate with them in a fair and transparent manner. Islamic bank licenseesG and approved personsG , when dealing with customersG who are entitled to rely on their advice or discretionary decisions, must take reasonable care to ensure the suitability of such advice or decisions.

        October 07

    • Principle 8 – Relations with Regulators/Supervisors

      • PB-1.1.8

        Islamic bank licenseesG and approved personsG must act in an open and co-operative manner with the CBB and other regulatory/supervisory bodies under whose authority they come under. They must take reasonable care to ensure that their activities comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

        October 07

    • Principle 9 – Adequate Resources

      • PB-1.1.9

        Islamic bank licenseesG must maintain adequate human, financial and other resources sufficient to run their business in an orderly manner.

        October 07

    • Principle 10 – Management, Systems & Controls

      • PB-1.1.10

        Islamic bank licensees'G Boards of Directors and Shari'a Boards (where applicable) and management must take reasonable care to ensure that their affairs are managed effectively and responsibly, with appropriate systems and controls in relation to the size and complexity of their operations. Islamic bank licenseesG ' systems and controls, as far as is reasonably practical, must be sufficient to manage the level of risk inherent in their business and ensure compliance with the CBB Rulebook. In particular, the CBB requires that banks comply with all AAOIFI issued accounting standards as well as the Shari'a pronouncements issued by the Shari'a Board of AAOIFI.

        Amended: January 2011
        October 2007

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