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Principle # 5 –

Fair and respectful treatment of clients

This presentation is made possible by the Smart Campaign

www.smartcampaign.org

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Agenda

Client protection principles

Principle #5 in practice

Participant feedback

Tools for improving practice

Conclusion and call to action

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1. Appropriate product design and delivery

2. Prevention of over-indebtedness

3. Transparency

4. Responsible pricing

5. Fair and respectful treatment of clients

6. Privacy of client data

7. Mechanisms for complaint resolution

Client Protection Principles

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Agenda

Client protection principles

Principle #5 in practice

Participant feedback

Tools for improving practice

Conclusion and call to action

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Fair and respectful treatment of clients

The Principle in Practice:

Providers and their agents treat clients fairly and respectfully. They do not discriminate. They will ensure safeguards are in place to detect and correct corruption.

Consider this:

Most abuses happen during the loan sales and debt collection processes—these need special attention by providers.

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The role of management

  • Create a Code of Ethics for the institution.
  • Communicate the importance of ethics to staff on a regular basis.
  • Train staff to respond to ethical dilemmas tailored for their position.
  • Empower managers to follow up on ethical complaints.
  • Establish an Ethics Committee that rewards ethics and sanctions violations.

Training today: Handling delinquent clients

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Examples of inappropriate practices

Offensive language and threats

Unethical seizure of property

  • Collections agents enter a client’s home and/or seize property without a judicial order.
  • The institution accepts collateral that may deprive borrowers of their basic survival capacity.

Subcontracting to unethical businesses

  • The institution subcontracts collections to businesses that are not subject to the same ethical standards as the institution.

Careless debt extension

  • The institution issues automatic debt extensions.
  • Credit staff uses offensive or abusive language.
  • Collections agents threaten clients or harass them at work, home, or their place of worship.
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Effects on the client and the institution

Clients mistrust the institution, and tell others.

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Good Practices from Around the World

One MFI includes “ethical behavior” in its annual performance reviews in order to give employees feedback on their behavior and find out how successful the organization has been in building an ethical culture.

Another MFI designed a training program on ethical behavior that includes specific ethical dilemmas for different job functions. The training modules are based on experiences that employees face at work.

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Agenda

Client protection principles

Principle #5 in practice

Participant feedback

Tools for improving practice

Conclusion and call to action

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Feedback from participants

Have you received training at your institution that highlights ethical staff behavior? Appropriate collections practices?

Can you describe an ethical lapse or ethical success at your institution or elsewhere?

What kinds of collections practices have you seen at your own (or other) MFIs?

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Agenda

Client protection principles

Principle #5 in practice

Participant feedback

Tools for improving practice

Conclusion and call to action

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Feedback from Participants

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What’s next?

Download the Getting Started Questionnaire and conduct a client protection self-assessment.

Email us! comments@smartcampaign.org