Sanctions Policy Statement
Whitford is committed to complying with the sanctions laws and regulations of the European Union, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, the United Nations, and the United States, as well as applicable sanctions laws and regulations in the jurisdictions in which Whitford operates.
Whitford’s Global Sanctions Policy
Whitford’s Global Sanctions Policy defines the minimum standards with which all Whitford Worldwide Group entities must comply, including:
- Screening customers/clients and transactions globally against the sanctions lists issued by the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom (HMT), the United States (OFAC) and Hong Kong (HKMA).
- Screening locally against other sanctions lists that apply to Whitford’s operations in a particular jurisdiction.
- Prohibiting business activity, including prohibitions on commencing or continuing customer relationships or providing products or services or facilitating transactions that Whitford believes may violate applicable sanctions laws or Whitford’s Global Sanctions Policy. This includes prohibitions on business activity with individuals or entities named on a sanctions list or activity, directly or indirectly, involving countries or territories subject to comprehensive sanctions. As of January 2018, these countries and territories include Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria and Sudan.
- Restricting certain business activity involving, directly or indirectly, countries or persons subject to more selective or targeted sanctions programs. These sanctions apply restrictions on some types of products or services or target certain industry sectors.
- Investigating all customer/client alerts or transactions that are stopped in Whitford’s screening systems. While Whitford seeks to investigate these alerts and transactions in a reasonable timeframe, compliance with applicable sanctions laws or Whitford’s Global Sanctions Policy may result in delays to the processing of customer transactions while additional due diligence is conducted and information obtained on the nature of the underlying transaction or the parties involved.
- Blocking or rejecting transactions that Whitford is required to do so under applicable sanctions laws or regulations or Whitford’s Global Sanctions Policy. Transactions may also be returned by Whitford when they fall outside Whitford’s risk appetite.
- Reporting breaches of sanctions laws to the relevant regulatory authority. This can include any attempt by a customer to evade sanctions laws.
Whitford may agree to process certain transactions with a sanctions nexus, in its sole discretion, such as those which relate to humanitarian aid or which are otherwise permitted by a license from an appropriate authority. These transactions will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must be submitted in advance to Whitford for consideration and approval.
Whitford may, in its sole discretion, also decide not to process transactions, provide products or services or otherwise facilitate transactions even where permitted by applicable sanctions laws and regulations where these activities fall outside of Whitford’s risk appetite.