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Our Bank’s New Culture of Values

The Bank of Cyprus has engaged since beginning of year 2014 in a very demanding and rigorous anti-financial crime remediation programme which has successfully been implemented by the end of year 2015.  Today’s compliance function of Bank of Cyprus is one of the highest international standards which amongst others adhere to the principles of the US Patriot Act and local and EU law.

This strict programme had as a result until 31 December 2018 the following:

Since 2014:

  • Decrease of the international business clientele portfolio by 31%.
  • Termination of around 82% of relationships with professional intermediaries introducing customers to the Bank, leading to a decrease of this portfolio of intermediaries from 1.601 to 287.

Since 2015:

  • Termination/suspension of 8.070 customer relationships solely on compliance/financial crime reasons corresponding to over €4.5 billion of turnover and yearly net profitability of €13.3 million.
  • Rejection of 4.354 potential new customer relationships

Following the successful implementation of this uniquely robust framework, the Bank of Cyprus received independent recognition of its proven spectacular transformation which led to the establishment of its new corporate culture of ethics, as follows:

  • Our Bank has successfully been listed on the London Stock Exchange (one with the most demanding and strict corporate governance codes internationally) and is today the only corporation in Cyprus that fully complies with both the London Stock Exchange Code and the Cyprus Stock Exchange Code.
  • Positive comments and feedback received by various Regulatory Authorities on the new level of compliance and corporate governance of Bank of Cyprus.
  • Independent recognition by renowned international financial groups/think tanks like the BlackSummit Financial Group Inc. in the United States of America which recognised the spectacular compliance transformation of the Bank of Cyprus.  Amongst others, this financial group mentioned: "The Bank of Cyprus has undergone an unbelievable transformation, demonstrating that with commitment to higher standards (including of course higher capital standards), transparency, and excellence in governance, you can be recognised as the Best Governed Bank of the Year".  You may find the full article of the BlackSummit Financial Group on http://blacksummitfg.com/banks-financial-stability-uniquely-transformational-story/
  • Our Bank won the 2016 Award for Best Practices to Reduce Corruption and Strengthen Transparency, by Transparency International (Cyprus)
  • Our Bank won the 2017,  the 2018 and the 2019 Best Corporate Governance Award, Cyprus, by World Finance (UK).

    2019 Award


  • Our Bank has won the 2017 and 2018 Bank of the Year Award (Cyprus) of Corporate Insider's Business Excellence Awards.

This new culture of values of our new Bank forms the hallmark of the relationship with our shareholders, customers, regulators and other stakeholders!


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