How do things work at the moment?
Before you prepare your treasury guidelines, take a close look at your current treasury processes. Can these be optimised? Take advantage of this phase to analyse the status quo as neutrally as possible.
How should things work in future?
Rules are important, but they only make sense when they can and will be followed. Only define in your treasury guidelines what you can actually comply with.
KISS – keep it short and simple.
Formulate your guidelines as clearly and simply as possible. There should be only one possible interpretation – the one you actually intend.
What and why?
The responsibilities and the allocation of centralised and local tasks are an essential part of treasury guidelines and need to be defined precisely.
Leave nothing to chance. All key areas (corporate finance, risk management, cash management and bank partner management) should be regulated within the treasury guidelines.
Trust, but verify
Rely on signatures to confirm that the guidelines have been read and understood. This applies to those responsible at your subsidiaries as well as all others in your organisation who play a key role.
Good treasury guidelines protect you as the treasurer in critical situations. If questions arise as to why a certain hedge ratio was selected, for example, you can refer to compliance with the policy and its approval by the CFO.