Swiss Vans Vulnerable Customer Policy

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) defines vulnerable customers as the following: 

‘A vulnerable consumer is someone who, due to their personal circumstances, is especially susceptible to detriment, particularly when a firm is not acting with appropriate levels of care.’

How can a customer be vulnerable? 

Vulnerability can come in a range of guises and can be temporary, sporadic or permanent in nature. It is a fluid state that needs a flexible, tailored response from firms. The following are examples of how customers can be vulnerable: 

• Mental health problems i.e. depression or anxiety 
• Difficult financial circumstances i.e. recent unemployment 
• Physical health problems i.e. disability or long term illnesses 
• Communication skills i.e. an individual who has limited English

How can businesses assist vulnerable customers? 
  • We aim to provide clear information during the sale so vulnerable customers can make an informed decision
  • By encouraging larger deposits to help customers choose circumstances change
  • By training staff and making it part of our culture to approach with sensitivity and respect.
  • By seeing how we can adapt to individual customers so that their needs are met
  • By ultimately referring customers to specialist advice if that’s the most appropriate decision
  • Most of our funders will only consider business users

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