CONFLICT OF INTEREST POLICY FOR OAKHURST LIFE LIMITED (“OAKHURST LIFE”) FSP44793
1. Statutory definitions of Conflict of Interest (hereinafter referred to as COI)
“Conflict of Interest” means any situation in which a provider or a representative has an actual or potential interest that may, in rendering a financial service to a client –
(a) Influence the objective performance of his, her or its obligations to that client; or
(b) Prevent a provider or representative from rendering an unbiased and fair financial
service to that client, or from acting in the best interest of that client,
Including, but not limited to –
(i) A financial interest;
(ii) An ownership interest;
(iii) Any relation with a third party.
“Financial interest” means any cash, cash equivalent, voucher, gift, service, advantage, benefit, discount, domestic or foreign travel, hospitality, accommodation, sponsorship, other incentive or valuable consideration, other than –
(a) an ownership interest;
(b) training, that is not exclusively available to a selected group of providers or representatives, on –
(i) products and legal matters relating to those products;
(ii) general financial and industry information;
(iii) specialised technological systems of a third party necessary for the rendering of a financial service; but excluding travel and accommodation associated with that training.
“Immaterial financial interest” means any financial interest with a determinable monetary value, the aggregate of which does not exceed R1 000.00 in any calendar year from the same third party.
“Third party” means –
• a product supplier, another provider, an associate of a product supplier or a provider,
a distribution channel and any other person who in terms of an agreement provides a financial interest to a provider or its representatives.
2. Policy Statement
We are committed to complying with the regulatory requirements governing Conflict of Interest under the FAIS General Code of Conduct and ensuring that conflicts of interest are appropriately managed in the best interest of our partners, customers and policyholders.
3. The Management of COI
3.1. Mechanisms for the identification of COI
Before we conclude new business arrangements we shall consider whether the proposed arrangement will present any potential conflict of interest. It will be the responsibility of each representative entering into the relationship on behalf of ourselves to ensure that this identification process is carried out and appropriately documented before the relationship with an Insurer is progressed.
All Representatives will be accountable to ensure that the necessary reviews of all existing business arrangements are conducted at least annually to assess the on-going potential conflict of interest in the light of changing circumstances, operational processes and procedures that may have been implemented since the commencement of the business.
3.2. Measures for the avoidance and mitigation of identified COI
Whenever any potential conflict of interest is identified, the Representative responsible for the relationship will consider whether any practical means exist for avoiding such conflict of interest. Where this is not practical, the Representative will consult with the Company’s Compliance Officer to devise appropriate and adequate measures to mitigate and manage the identified conflict of interest.
The resulting mitigating and managing measures will be documented and communicated to all staff involved in managing the relationship to ensure that the risk of the identified conflict of interest is appropriately managed by the affected business unit.
3.3. Measures for the disclosure of COI
Wherever potential conflict of interest is identified, the Company or Representative concerned will ensure that appropriate communication regarding the following aspects is included in the disclosure information and documentation provided to potential customers purchasing products:
• The existence of the conflict of interest;
• A description of what the conflict is;
• Its impact;
• The measures taken to mitigate and manage it; and
• The customer’s free choice whether he/she wishes to continue with purchasing the product.
3.4. Processes, procedures and internal controls to facilitate compliance
Representatives will be required to ensure that the policy is implemented with their clients and the Company’s Compliance Officer, and will on an annual basis warrant to their Compliance Officer in writing that they have met their obligations under this policy and describe the steps taken to do so.
Training for all affected staff will be provided by the Company or people procured by the Company to ensure that they understand their responsibilities under this policy. The Compliance Officer will monitor compliance with this Conflict of Interest Management Policy and will perform the necessary reviews in consultation with Executive Management to ensure that appropriate procedures and processes are in place and effective to comply with the policy.
The Compliance Officer will facilitate a review of this policy annually to ensure that it remains relevant and appropriate to meet the statutory requirements.
4. Financial interests offered to our representatives
We may offer our representatives sales incentives, in addition to their basic salary, based upon a combination of:
• The quantity of business introduced; and
• The quality of the service rendered to customers (as measured by the Quality
Assurance process). No sales incentives may be offered to representatives for preferring one product over another
that may be offered to a customer.
5. Financial interests offered by ourselves to Third Parties
We may only offer the following interests to third parties being Product Providers or other Financial Service Providers:
• Commission authorised under the Long-Term or the Short-Term Insurance Acts;
• Fees that are reasonably in line with the Long-Term or the Short-Term Insurance Acts;
• Fees for the rendering of a financial service in respect of which commission or fees referred to above is not paid, if those fees –
(a) are specifically agreed to by a client in writing; and
(b) may be stopped at the discretion of that client;
• Fees or remuneration for the rendering of a service to a third party, which fees or remuneration are reasonably in line with the service being rendered;
• Any immaterial financial interest as defined in the FAIS General Code of Conduct; and
• Any other financial interest, for which consideration that is reasonably in line with the value of the financial interest, is paid by that provider or representative at the time of receipt thereof.
6. List of Our Associates
• The following entities are associates of the Company:
– African Independent Brokers (Pty) Ltd
– Softsure (Pty) Ltd
– Xpress Credit (Pty) Ltd
– Badger Holdings (Pty) Ltd
– New Dorn Properties (Pty) Ltd
– Badger Skills Development Services (Pty) Ltd
– Badger Finance (Pty) Ltd
– F and I Support Services (Pty) Ltd
– Oakhurst Insurance Company Limited
7. Third partiesi in which Oakhurst Life holds an ownership interest
8. Third parties who hold an ownership interest in Oakhurst Life.
9. Consequence of non-compliance with this policy
Failure to comply with the provisions of this policy by any staff member or FAIS representative shall constitute serious misconduct and will result in disciplinary action being initiated against
such staff member or representative.
i As defined in the FAIS General Code of Conduct