Risk and Compliance

Managing risk, ensuring compliance

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A History of Risk Management

Pathward’s integrity is built on our skill in managing risks and complying with legal and regulatory requirements. We were a pioneer of the prepaid industry and an industry leader in payments, and our experience has led us to develop policies, programs and actions that set us apart from other financial institutions.


Enterprise Risk Management

Our Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) program applies corporate governance to risk-taking activities. The ERM program sets strategy across the enterprise and works closely with the lines of business to ensure that risks are appropriately identified and managed.

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Third-Party Risk Management

Just as Pathward’s ERM program oversees our own actions, our Third-Party Risk Management program ensures that our third-party relationships are controlled and mitigated. 

Our policy and strategy encourage us to: 

  • Protect our company from avoidable risk and to provide value-added service to business units
  • Monitor third-party activities
  • Report risk events and material information to mitigate risk
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Business Continuity Management

Business Continuity Management (BCM) sets standards and testing to ensure our company remains resilient in case of disaster. Our standards comply with Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) guidance.

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Bank Secrecy Act / Anti-Money Laundering

To protect our customers, partners and company from the risks of fraud, money laundering, terrorist financing and other illicit activity, Pathward’s compliance programs are designed to keep us compliant with all federal programs and sanctions.

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Three Lines of Defense

When it comes to managing risk, Pathward has three lines of defense. 


First Line of Defense

Managed by frontline business units

  • Accountable for assessing and managing risks
  • Responsible for implementing effective internal controls
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Second Line of Defense

Managed by our ERM team 

  • Complements frontline units through its monitoring and reporting responsibilities
  • Responsible for aggregation of risk enterprise-wide
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Third Line of Defense

Managed by our Internal Audit team 

  • Independent assurance to the Board of the effectiveness of governance, risk management and internal controls
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