Environmental, Social and Governance
Macquarie’s purpose ‘Empowering people to innovate and invest for a better future’ represents why we exist and what we do. We believe that by empowering people – our colleagues, clients, communities, shareholders and partners – we will achieve our shared potential.
Macquarie’s high standards for conduct are underpinned by What We Stand For, and our long-held principles of Opportunity, Accountability and Integrity.
We are committed to conducting our business in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and in a way that enhances our reputation in the market. We are committed to ensuring our products and services are marketed appropriately and that clients are fairly treated.
Business conduct and ethics are addressed within our existing risk management framework by establishing and maintaining an effective risk culture that drives good conduct. This is supported by a framework of policies, controls, processes and reporting mechanisms, in particular to manage compliance, legal, reputation and operational risks.
Macquarie recognises that cyber and information security risk is inherent in the use of the technology platforms that support our business activities. We seek to operate in a control environment that limits the likelihood of a cyber or information security incident, and we seek to ensure that the impact of a cyber or information security incident can be minimised by our information security capability and incident response.
Macquarie manages cyber and information security risk through Macquarie’s operational risk management framework. Macquarie has no appetite for operational risk incidents that threaten Macquarie’s viability, have a material impact on Macquarie’s earnings, or that cause significant damage to Macquarie’s reputation, staff, clients, counterparties or the markets or communities in which Macquarie operates.
The cyber threat landscape includes financially motivated entities, nation states and hacktivists who attempt to gain access directly to our systems or data from anywhere in the world either directly or through our clients, staff, or suppliers. Cyber attacks are increasing as the dependency on technology increases, and our businesses grow in prominence.
Macquarie is aligned to the United States of America National Institute of Standards and Technology Cyber Security Framework (NIST CSF) and regularly performs assessments to ensure cybersecurity capabilities are implemented that are appropriate for Macquarie’s size and threats faced.
Macquarie complies with cybersecurity regulations and laws in the countries in which it operates, which include the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority’s CPS 234 Prudential Standard on Information Security and the New York State Department of Financial Services 23 NYCRR 500, Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services Companies. In addition, Macquarie complies with data protection requirements in each jurisdiction that are applied through privacy regulations and laws.
Macquarie’s operational risk management process includes the assessment of current and emerging risks and internal and relevant external incidents.
Macquarie follows the ‘three lines of defence’ model where the business, the first line, owns the risk and is responsible for designing and operating appropriate controls and periodically assuring the effective design and operation of controls. The Risk Management Group (RMG) are an independent team, who represent line two, that provides tools and guidance to ensure risk management framework is effective and consistently applied across each business. Internal Audit are the third line who provide independent assurance to the Board Audit Committee (BAC) that the Operational Risk Management Framework is operating effectively, including business implementation and RMG’s oversight of line one.
Macquarie has processes in places to investigate data breaches involving personal information and will notify clients, customers, regulators, and other appropriate stakeholders of a data breach that has a material impact where we are required to do so under local legislation or as is otherwise appropriate in the circumstances. Where notification is required, we will do so promptly and in accordance with the time period for notification provided for under local legislation, for example within 72 hours in jurisdictions governed by the General Data Protection Regulation.
To find out more about what we have done over the last year, refer to the Macquarie Group ESG Report.