Trying Something Different – The Desktop Risk Assessment

Those with less adventurous palates can relate: some of us aren't big on trying new things. But when it comes to risk assessments, sometimes taking a new approach can do you good. Tom Fox shares a novel strategy, the desktop risk assessment, which is a more focused, yet limited take on the more common exhaustive assessment.

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Third Parties and the Red Flags You Don’t See

The on-boarding process for new third parties represents both the biggest opportunity for risk and the greatest opportunity for improving due diligence. Corrupt agents will make whatever agreements it takes to win business, regardless of their true intentions. Just as troubling is the web of lies these organizations can weave. We've got to beware!

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The Role of Executive Management in ERM

Jim DeLoach makes quite the strong argument for the necessity of C-Suite involvement in enterprise risk management. In fact, he argues, executive leadership must not be merely participants in, but owners of the ERM process. Executive management's active participation keeps the focus at a strategic level, ensuring that all potential risks are accounted for.

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Termination of a Third Party, or Breaking Up Should Not Be Hard To Do

Good, bad or ugly, all things must come to an end. Third-party relationships are no exception. Fortunately, companies can prepare for these ends, whether the relationship has simply run its course or there's been a breach of contract. Planning for the end is essential if you want to ensure a smooth transition. Here are five ...


Manage Speaker Program Risk More Effectively with a Needs Assessment

The need for corporate integrity agreements among health care professionals is broad-ranging, touching activities pertaining to publication, research, and consulting, but - strangely - they have rarely extended to speaker programs. And yet, speaker programs are high risk for abusive practices. Needs assessments should be common practice to manage these risks.


John Bell Hood and the Measurement of Conduct Risk

History might be told a bit differently if risk conduct analyses were common practice. These days, there's as much need as ever to address conduct risk, setting policies, incentive structures and enforcement practices in our organizations that reward good conduct and penalize acting contrary to the companies' values and regulatory standards.


Why Active Risk Management Is Essential For Boards of Directors

Boards of Directors have traditionally been held liable for overseeing risk management and mitigation, but given the speed at which crisis and scandal travels these days, it makes sense for Boards to play an even more active role, from determining risk tolerance to keeping an eye on known risks and implementing risk mitigation plans.


Winning the War Against Conflict Minerals

Recent legislation has had a significant impact on the trade of conflict minerals, including "blood diamonds," out of areas ravaged by war and run by warlords. The deadline for reporting supply chain partners, per Dodd-Frank, has come and gone, and companies have found it difficult to say with certainty whether their materials are truly conflict-free. A QMS ...

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Risk Assessment for Small and Mid-sized Companies

Smaller companies often don't need the exhaustive risk assessment programs the huge corporations require. For many organizations, in fact, something much simpler fits the bill. Jeff Kaplan of Kaplan & Walker outlines an eight-step process ideal for small to mid-size companies. Simple, but not too simple.

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Finding the Right Person to Serve as CRO

A host of factors need to be taken into consideration in the selection of a new Chief Risk Officer. Where his or her experience and expertise lies is certainly top of mind, but more qualitative aspects of the candidates' skill set and capabilities carry weight, as well. How are the prospective hire's critical thinking skills, for instance? ...