Prevention of financial crime requires an effective organisational structure and operating model. At Nordea, we have established three lines of defence, and each of these has a defined role in our financial crime risk management and internal controls.
Daily risk management, operations and development
Our customer-facing employees and expert units form the first line of defence. They are responsible for daily risk management and for carrying out everyday work based on Nordea's policies, instructions and guidelines in relation to managing the risk of financial crime. This includes ensuring we know our customers, monitoring activity for unexpected behaviour and reporting suspicious activity to relevant authorities.
In addition, the first line of defence develops and maintains the tools required to carry out effective financial crime risk management.
Monitoring and reporting
The second line of defence consists of our compliance and risk functions. These functions ensure we conduct business in accordance with applicable laws, rules and standards by overseeing and monitoring the daily operations and providing advice to the first line of defence. The second line of defence plays a key role in anchoring the principles of integrity and fair dealing in our business and having effective risk management processes in place.
The third line of defence is our Internal Audit function. Internal Audit performs independent assurance activities to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of governance, risk management and control processes, to support the board and senior management in protecting Nordea’s assets, reputation and sustainability.
A battle we cannot fight aloneFinancial crime is a broader societal issue which no financial institution can battle alone.
We work together with a wide range of external stakeholders, including financial supervisory authorities, industry associations, tax authorities and the financial intelligence units in each of the countries we operate in. As required by law, we report suspicious activities, behaviour and transactions to local financial intelligence units.
Get to know our partnership
As the first of its kind, Nordea has partnered with five other leading Nordic banks to create Invidem.
Invidem is a joint venture for the common good, which offers a compliant KYC information service in the Nordics with the aim to prevent financial crime and make KYC handling easier and more cost efficient for both customers, financial institutions and others who require KYC information on customers.