On June 9, 2015, several US federal financial regulatory agencies (including the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Securities and Exchange Commission) issued a final interagency policy statement creating joint standards to assess the diversity policies and practices of entities they regulate, as required by Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Similar to the proposed standards, the final standards provide regulated entities with a framework for strengthening their diversity policies and practices. This framework includes an organizational commitment to diversity, workforce and employment practices, procurement and business practices and practices to promote transparency of organizational diversity and inclusion within the entities’ US operations.

The final interagency policy statement is effective on publication in the Federal Register.

The press release is available at: http://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/press/bcreg/20150609a.htm and the interagency policy statement is available at: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/06/10/2015-14126/final- interagency-policy-statement-establishing-joint-standards-for-assessing-the-diversity-policies