About GIC

Santiago Principles

GIC serves as a Board Member of the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds (IFSWF), a global network of sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) that meets, exchanges views on issues of common interest and facilitates an understanding of SWF activities and the Santiago Principles.

In 2008, GIC participated in the pioneering effort, alongside Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and the US Treasury, to develop the 9 Generally Accepted Principles & Practices for SWFs and recipient countries. These were the foundation of the Santiago Principles, a voluntary set of 24 guidelines designed to promote good governance, accountability, transparency and prudent investment practices as well as maintain a stable and open investment climate.

The Santiago Principles are now observed by more than 20 member SWFs, including GIC. GIC’s implementation of the Principles can be grouped into three key areas.

Legal framework, objectives, and coordination with macroeconomic policies

Guiding Philosophy

Sound practices and principles in this area underpin a robust institutional framework and governance structure, and facilitate the formulation of appropriate investment strategies, consistent with the SWF’s stated policy objectives.

GIC’s Implementation

GIC’s legal framework is set out in the Singapore Companies Act, and our legal relationship with the Government is explained in our annual reports and on our website. GIC’s objectives are clearly spelt out in line with our responsibility to preserve and enhance the international purchasing power of Singapore’s foreign reserves. As GIC invests mostly outside Singapore, the principle of domestic macroeconomic policy coordination is not applicable.

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Institutional framework and governance structure

Guiding Philosophy

A sound governance structure that separates the functions of the owner, governing body(ies), and management, facilitates the SWF management’s operational independence to pursue investment decisions and investment operations free of political influence.

GIC’s Implementation

The Investment Mandate from the Government to GIC clearly defines GIC’s terms of appointment, investment objectives, investment horizon, risk parameters and investment guidelines for managing the portfolio. The Government, represented by the Ministry of Finance in its dealings with GIC, neither directs nor interferes in GIC’s investment decisions, but it holds the board accountable for overall portfolio performance. The management executes investment strategies, is responsible for all investment transactions, and reports regularly to the board and the Government. GIC is also accountable in various key areas to the President of Singapore, as a Fifth Schedule company. The role of the President of Singapore in safeguarding reserves is further elaborated in the reserves management framework on the Ministry of Finance’s website.

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Investment and risk management framework

Guiding Philosophy

A clear investment policy shows an SWF’s commitment to a disciplined investment plan and practices, while a reliable risk management framework promotes the soundness of its investment operations and accountability.

GIC’s Implementation

GIC is committed to a disciplined investment plan and practices, anchored in our policy portfolio which defines our strategic asset allocation to meet our investment return objective, within risk parameters determined by the Government. Identifying and managing risk is a clear and integral part of management responsibility at all levels. Our approach to risk management is three-pronged: managing portfolio risk to ensure appropriate and efficient risk-taking; managing process risk so that investment decisions are implemented well; and managing people risk.

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