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Corporate governance

Good governance at Varma

The starting point for Varma’s corporate governance is the company’s core task – securing pensions. The statutory earnings-related pension scheme was created by an agreement concluded between the government and labour market organisations, and the tripartite model still plays a key role in the development of the system. Labour market organisations also participate in the administration of earnings-related pension companies.

 Good governance promotes the transparency of Varma’s operations and administration, which in turn contributes to strengthening public confidence in the earnings-related pension scheme.

 Varma’s governance is based on the Finnish Act on Employment Pension Insurance Companies. Varma also complies with the applicable provisions of the Finnish Corporate Governance Code. The Finnish Corporate Governance Code is available on the Securities Market Association’s website

Varma in brief

Varma provides pension insurance for work carried out in Finland. Varma is a mutual company, owned by its client companies and self-employed persons, insured employees and owners of the guarantee capital.

We take care of the statutory earnings-related pension cover of private sector employees and self-employed persons efficiently and competitively. We have approximately 66,000 self-employed and employer clients, and we handle the earnings-related pension coverage of some 862,000 people.

We invest the assets collected as pension contributions profitably and securely for current and future pensions. With investments of EUR 40.0 billion, Varma is the largest private investor in Finland.

Varma’s headquarters head office is located in Salmisaari, Helsinki.

Corporate governance structure

Corporate governance structure


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Corporate social responsibility at Varma

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is an integral part of our core task: securing pensions. ‘Responsible Varma’ is also a key theme in our new strategy.

Insider Management

Varma follows Insider Guidelines confirmed by the Board of Directors. The purpose of the guidelines is to promote the public reliability of the company's investment operations and the personnel's knowledge of insider regulations, so that they are not unintentionally violated. The instructions are applied to Varma’s investment operations and employees’ personal trading in securities. The insider guidelines require advance consultation for trading in listed equities or securities entitling to listed equities by those Varma employees who are considered as permanent insiders based on their position or tasks where they regularly receive inside information.

In advance consultation the compliance officer authorises the transaction. The authorisation requires that there is no insider information at Varma concerning the listed equity in question; the compliance officer ensures this from Varma’s internal register prior to the authorisation. Permanent insiders are also prohibited from short selling.

Following a transaction carried out after the advance consultation, the permanent insider is required to notify the compliance officer of the number of securities acquired or disposed of for the purpose of maintaining Varma’s internal register.

The data in the public insider register can be accessed through Euroclear Finland’s link.

Register principles

By decision of Varma’s Board of Directors on 16 November 2012, the company maintains an internal related party register, which includes the members of the Board of Directors, the President & CEO, and other members of Varma’s Executive Group. As of 1 January 2015, the register also covers members of the Supervisory Board.

Significant trades and other transactions between Varma as a company and a registered related party must be approved by the Board of Directors before they are realised.

Significant trades with related parties included in the register and other related-party transactions are made public by Varma annually. The information made public shall include, in addition to the name of the counterparty, the key terms and conditions of the transaction, such as the purchase price.

Notifications in 2013 - 2015

No insider transactions took place with registered insiders between 2013 - 2015.