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Prima AFP Becomes the First Pension Fund in Perú to Adopt the CFA Institute Asset Manager Code

Compliance demonstrates Prima AFP’s commitment to putting client interests above all

New York City, United States 30 Sep 2020

CFA Institute, the global association of investment professionals, announces that Prima AFP has become the first pension fund in Perú to claim compliance with the CFA Institute Asset Manager Code™. Prima AFP is the pension fund manager of Credicorp Group, the largest financial services holding company in Perú. The adoption marks another important milestone for the Asset Manager Code in Latin America, with Prima AFP joining other major pension funds and asset managers across the region and around the world.

The Asset Manager Code clearly outlines the ethical and professional responsibilities of organizations that manage assets on behalf of their clients. For investors, the code provides a benchmark for the behavior that should be expected from asset managers and offers a higher level of confidence in the organizations that adopt the code. 

Many organizations have their own conduct standards in place to guide their work, but it can be difficult for clients to compare different codes or understand the level of commitment toward protecting their interests. Clients can use the CFA Institute Asset Manager Code to identify organizations that commit to a common foundation of ethical principles.

“As the newly appointed Chair of the Board, I am pleased to see this exciting development in my home country of Perú,” said Daniel Gamba, CFA, Chair of the Board of Governors, CFA Institute. “The Asset Manager Code provides a common, globally recognized benchmark for pension funds to strive for and Prima AFP is leading the way. I look forward to seeing more adoptions by pension funds and other asset managers across the country and the region.”

"It is at the core of our mission to advance ethics, professional standards of practice, and market integrity in the investment management industry,” said Karyn Vincent, Senior Head, Global Industry Standards, CFA Institute. “We applaud Prima AFP, and all organizations that have adopted the code, for displaying a steadfast and tangible commitment to professional ethics and putting investors first. When we put investors at the heart of all we do, we can rebuild trust in the profession and benefit society at large.”

“Investors deserve the highest level of ethical and professional conduct from the firms and individuals with whom they trust their investments,” said Renzo Ricci, CEO of Prima AFP. “Adopting the Asset Manager Code is a demonstration of our commitment to our clients and a demonstration of how we protect their interests. We are proud to join the distinguished list of firms and pension funds worldwide that are committed to putting investor needs and interests first.”

The Asset Manager Code is grounded in the ethical principles of CFA Institute and the CFA® Program, and requires that managers commit to the following professional standards:

· To act in a professional and ethical manner at all times
· To act for the benefit of clients
· To act with independence and objectivity
· To act with skill, competence, and diligence
· To communicate with clients in a timely and accurate manner
· To uphold the rules governing capital markets 

More than 1,000 firms worldwide claim compliance with the Code including Ariel Investments, BlackRock, Janus Capital Management, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Afore XXI Banorte, BBVA Asset Management Mexico, Credicorp Capital Asset Management, Itaú Asset Management and Principal Afore. (View the full list.)

Prima AFP has been Credicorp Group's pension fund manager for the Peruvian market for 15 years. It currently manages the funds of 2.3 million people affiliated with the Private Pension System (SPP) of Perú, equivalent to 30.9% of the market. At the end of August, its portfolio was valued at more than USD13 billion.

CFA Institute

CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and credentials. The organization is a champion of ethical behavior in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community. Our aim is to create an environment where investors’ interests come first, markets function at their best, and economies grow. There are more than 178,000 CFA charterholders worldwide in 164 markets. CFA Institute has nine offices worldwide and there are 159 local societies. For more information, visit www.cfainstitute.org or follow us on Twitter at @CFAInstitute and on Facebook.com/CFAInstitute.