Our Corporate Governance and Business Ethics describes the code of conduct for the management and supervision of OeKB CSD. It is chiefly determined by the regulations laid down by the Central Securities Depositories Regulation (CSDR).

OeKB CSD GmbH is a limited liability company (GmbH) and is a 100% subsidiary of Oesterreichische Kontrollbank Aktiengesellschaft (OeKB).

It is operated by two Managing Directors, who are jointly responsible for the business. Its bodies are the Management Board, the General Meeting and the Supervisory Board, which sets up committees in the fields of risk, remuneration and audit. The Management Board reports to the Supervisory Board on a regular basis, and the Management Board and the Supervisory Board report to the General Meeting. 

You will find our Corporate Governance and Business Ethics and the related requirements of the CSDR if you click on the links below:

Corporate Governance and Business Ethics

Central Securities Depositories Regulation (CSDR)

Central Securities Depository Regulation (CSDR) Delegated Regulation

You will find information pursuant to Art. 65a BWG on our Fit & Proper Policy as well as on our remuneration policy here:

Information pursuant to Art. 65a BWG

In line with its mission and in compliance with the objectives of the regulatory requirements, OeKB CSD has implemented a comprehensive risk management system and avoids classic banking risks such as counterparty/market and liquidity risks. It achieves this by designing its services and business processes accordingly (e.g. no overdraft on cash accounts, no lending, no acceptance of deposits) and by adhering to its restrictive Investment Guideline. OeKB CSD manages operational risks in line with the comprehensive and strict requirements of the CSDR.

The risk management principles and the corresponding control framework are laid down in OeKB CSD's risk policy and risk strategy. To concretize and manage the very low risk acceptance levels, OeKB CSD has defined Key Risk Indicators (KRI) with corresponding thresholds for the risks assessed and documented in the Risk Map. These are monitored on a quarterly basis.

Operational risks from OeKB CSD participants in the SSS are mitigated, among other things, by connection tests for new customers or in case of significant system changes related to the CSD business at OeKB CSD or the securities account holders. These tests check whether the IT systems and employees of the securities account holders can ensure proper processing of transactions at OeKB CSD.

Reporting of completed Authorisation Functional Test Cases

Risk Assessment of OeKB CSD Services:

Article 34 (5) of the Central Securities Depositories Regulation (CSDR) lays down that a central securities depository shall disclose to all clients information that allows them to assess the risks associated with the services provided.

We provide a customer information document for that purpose:

General Information for Customers About Potential Risks Associated with the Services of OeKB CSD

What is it about?

Sustainability Management is more than compliance with legal regulations, provisions and laws. The key principle is the moral and social responsibility which the organisation observes of its own volition. Essential characteristics are the continuous further development of the underlying principles and the voluntary compliance with said principles.

Sustainability Management is more than environmental protection. The 17 goals for sustainable development are political objectives of the United Nations (UN Sustainable Development Goals; UN-SDGs), which are intended to ensure sustainable development at the economic, social and ecological level worldwide. For the framework of action of OeKB CSD, we have highlighted the following terms that define the relevant, formable thematic fields for us:

  • Responsibility
  • Voluntary self-commitment
  • Culture
  • Environment
  • Social involvement
  • Workplace (gender distribution, women in management positions, employee fluctuation, salary, training and further education, etc.)
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Stakeholder management
  • Community

A central point from this framework for action is Gendering – we pay attention to:

  • Salary policy - strict observance of equal treatment of both sexes
  • A person’s sex has no influence on the individual career moves
  • Equal pay for equal work
  • On the Supervisory Board, the Management Board and in the key positions, both men and women shall be represented with at least 40% each in total (cumulatively).

Sustainability Programme of OeKB Group:

As an Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) certified company Oesterreichische Kontrollbank Aktiengesellschaft (OeKB) has committed itself to take into consideration the consumption of resources, climate protection and social development with regard to its core business and its operation and to consistently pursue annual improvement goals.

OeKB CSD GmbH (OeKB CSD) as 100% subsidiary of OeKB is integrated in the sustainability management system of OeKB and has documented its measures in the Report of the OeKB Group.

Extract from the OeKB Group Sustainability Report 2021 - consolidated for OeKB CSD:

Goal Measure Progress Report
Create and expand awareness. Raise awareness among OeKB CSD employees for the specific environmental data and sustainability measures at OeKB CSD during a OeKB CSD informational breakfast. The planned special info event with the topic of sustainability took place on December 15 2021. The Sustainability Officer of OeKB Group presented to the employees the wide range of measures and activities of the Group, to the implementation of which OeKB CSD also regularly contributes.
Implement the TCFD recommendations. Complete a gap analysis and gradually implement the improvements recommended by TCFD. The monitoring of the TCFD implementation steps is carried out by OeKB Group and documented in the sustainability report.

Reduce carbon emissions

Evaluate how OeKB CSD could become carbon neutral. OeKB CSD has switched from mineral water for employees and guests to the Sodastream system. By eleminating the transport of containers, a contribution to CO2 reduction could be made.

Extract from the OeKB CSD Annual Financial Report 2021:

Total as per 31 December 2021

 
Employees of OeKB CSD
Total employees
       (excl. 2 employees on leave)
36

       of which part-time employed

       of which delegated from OeKB AG

5

3

Full-time employee equivalent 34.08
Average age 48.72
Sick days full-time per year per employee 10.9
Total share of women 44.44%
Share of women in management positions 16.67%

OeKB Group Sustainability Report 2021

OeKB Group Sustainability Policy

OeKB CSD’s success is based on its high reputation and the trust our clients and stakeholders put in us. This is determined by the high standards we apply to our work when we tend to our clients’ needs and deliver our services.

The Code of Conduct equally addresses the Management Board and employees and lays down obligatory rules of conduct with regard to supervision, whistle-blowing, complaints processing and the prevention of corruption, money laundering and conflicts of interest.

The Code of Conduct not only sets out the standards we expect of ourselves, but also those we expect of others. We therefore refrain from doing business that violates the Code of Conduct and welcome it when our stakeholders act according to comparable rules.

You will find the Code of Conduct here:

Code of Conduct of OeKB KI Group

Global Compact

Since November 2021, OeKB CSD GmbH has been a member of the UN Global Compact, the world's largest initiative for corporate responsibility and sustainability.