Corporate Governance

Sound corporate governance practices support continuous improvement and effective communication, which builds confidence among shareholders, the Board, Executive Committee, Senior Management Committees, employees and other stakeholders. One of our main objectives is to continuously develop and strengthen the governance framework and to comply with the best corporate governance practices at all times.

Sound Governance


Our Corporate Governance are in compliance with recognised guidelines for corporate governance as well as the appropriate legal and regulatory requirements. Íslandsbanki follows the guidelines on corporate governance published by the Iceland Chamber of Commerce, NASDAQ ICELAND and the SA Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise.

Íslandsbanki has established policies, rules and procedures to promote good corporate governance and ensure compliance with the relevant laws and regulations applicable to the Bank's operations. The Bank's relevant policies, rules and procedures can be found here on the Bank's website.

Íslandsbanki‘s Corporate Governance Statement


Each year the Bank conducts an appraisal to ensure that its corporate governance remain consistent with the corporate governance guidelines. The Bank’s governance practices are described more fully in the Bank's Corporate Governance Statement.

Íslandsbanki’s Corporate Governance Statement for 2021

Íslandsbanki’s Corporate Governance Statement for 2020

Íslandsbanki’s Corporate Governance Statement for 2019

Íslandsbanki’s Corporate Governance Statement for 2018

Íslandsbanki’s Corporate Governance Statement for 2017

Corporate Governance Guidelines

Articles of Association


Íslandsbanki’s Articles of Association were adopted at the Annual General Meeting of Íslandsbanki hf on 17 March 2022.

Nomination Committee


According to the Bank‘s Articles of Association the Bank shall operate a Nomination Committee whose role is to nominate individuals to the Bank's Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting, or as the case may be at a shareholders' meeting where Board elections are on the agenda. The members of the Nomination Committee shall be three and they shall be elected for one year at a time by the Board of Directors. The committee shall be independent in its work and the majority of the committee’s members shall be independent of the Company and its management.

The Nomination Committee comprises the following members:

  • Helga Valfells, Chairman
  • Hallgrímur Snorrason
  • Tómas Már Sigurðsson

Along with the Bank‘s Nomination Committee the Icelandic State Financial Investments (ISFI) operates a special three-member Selection Committee which, on behalf of the state, nominates candidates for the supervisory boards or boards of directors of banks or undertakings that are managed by ISFI.

According the Relationship Agreement between the Bank and the ISFI the Bank‘s Nomination Committee and the ISFI Selection Committee shall ensure that when the Board of Directors is elected, the candidates for election to the Board of Directors meet the requirements on composition according to law, both as concerns breadth of experience as well as gender representation.

Rules of Procedure of the Bank’s Nomination Committee

The nomination committee can be reached by contacting nominationcommittee@islandsbanki.is

Regulatory framework


Íslandsbanki is a financial institution and therefore operates in accordance with the appropriate regulatory framework, pertaining to financial institutions. The applicable law includes, inter alia, the Act on Financial Undertakings no. 161/2002, the Act on Recovery and Resolution of Credit Institutions and Investment Firms no. 70/2020, the Act on Markets for Financial Instruments no. 115/2021, the Act on Payment Services no. 120/2011, the Act on Measures against Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorist Activities no. 140/2018, the Act on Mortgage Credit to Consumers no. 118/2016, the Act on Consumer Credit no. 33/2013, the Act on Competition no. 44/2005 and the Act on Public Limited Companies no. 2/1995.