Corporate Governance

The Botswana Building Society Board of Directors and Management embrace the principles of corporate governance of openness accountability and integrity. The Board continually strives to achieve its fundamental corporate objectives through an effective system that ensures that policies, structures and mechanisms are periodically reviewed and adapted to reflect applicable best practices.

A board comprising 12 Directors is responsible for policy direction, ensuring that appropriate internal controls, business management strategies and risk management policies are in place. The Board is also committed to the highest standards of corporate governance and compliance with the provision of the Building Societies Act and the Rules of the Society. For operational purposes, the Board has delegated most of the responsibilities to the Managing Director.

Risk Management

The Society’s Board and Management are fully committed to putting in place of effective risk management so that business objectives are met and that profits and growth continue to be realised and sustained. The company’s risk framework targets areas of strategy, operations, finance and compliance. All risks are channelled to the Board through Executive Management on periodic basis. Awareness and understanding of the company’s risk framework is established at all appropriate levels of the organisation. A process of identifying, evaluating and managing such relevant or significant risk has been adopted and remains the responsibility of BBS Management.

Corporate Governance Structures

The Society’s Board adopted the introduction of additional structures to enhance the Society’s corporate governance structure. The Board has constituted committees to enable it to carry out its mandate. These are:

Human Resources and Remuneration Committee

The Committee was established to make recommendations on the compensation, incentives and performance targets of Executive Management as well as other BBS staff members. In addition, the Committee reviews and recommends for approval by the Board, the structure and funding levels of any bonus and incentive schemes.

Finance and Audit Committee

The main function of this Committee is to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Building Societies Act and the Rules of the Society, monitor accounting systems, financial controls, and management of financial risk. It liaises with Management on matters relating to the preparation of financial reports to shareholders. The Finance and Audit Committee meets BBS’ internal and external auditors to consider the level of risk assessment and management, review audit and accounting plans, corporate governance and compliance matters.The Society maintains adequate segregation between the external and internal audit functions and the independence of both the internal and external auditors is not in any way compromised.

Tender Committee

The Tender committee is part of a governance body that seeks to ensure that tenders are awarded in fairness and in line with good practice. There are Tender Procurement Rules and Procedures which set out in clear terms, the rules and regulations to be applied to the purchasing of all goods and services and the sale of unserviceable supplies and property for Botswana Building Society and its operations

Strategy and Transformation Committee

To ensure its continued success into the future the Board established the Transformation Committee which is tasked with the establishment of the Society’s future strategic directions. The Committee evaluates the Society’s internal processes and strategic outlook with a view of placing it in a stronger competitive position. Continually appraising the strategic direction of the Society enables it to focus on growth opportunities.