Dentons speaks to Sturgeon Ventures regarding Writing an Outsourcing Policy
Practical Guidance on Writing an Outsourcing Policy
Businesses that operate within the regulated sector often rely heavily on outsourcing to third parties. This can operational and regulatory risks. This article provides general practical guidance on how to write an outsourcing policy.
For businesses that operate within the financially regulated sector, there are invariably detailed and often prescriptive rules that apply to outsourcing arrangements. These rules aim to ensure that the firm retains appropriate control or oversight of the activities it outsources, with the ultimate objective of protecting clients (and, in some instances where it is a systemically important institution, contributing to the overall stability of the financial system).
Rules requiring the firm to appropriately monitor and control additional operational risk arising from services or activities performed by third parties are set out in Chapter 8 of the Senior Management, Systems and Controls Sourcebook (SYSC) in the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) Handbooks. SYSC Rules about outsourcing arrangements therefore apply (in slightly different ways) to most regulated firms; for instance, to banks, fund managers, investment firms and insurance companies. Although an outsourcing policy is not specifically in these rules, best practice may dictate that in practice firms have outsourcing policies to comply with them.
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