Risk

Risk refers to threats an organization faces -- loss of earnings, loss of reputation, or harm of any kind.  These articles explore the challenges of preventing, identifying and mitigating risk. Risk can come in many forms, including financial issues, legal liabilities, strategic or leadership errors, or accidents and natural disasters. Today,  IT- and data-related risks are growing concerns. The following articles about risk look at the issue from many angles, especially from that of compliance officers and risk managers.

Winning the War Against Conflict Minerals

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 can be hugely...

Risk Assessment for Small and Mid-sized Companies

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.

Finding the Right Person to Serve as CRO

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? Is he personable?...

Risk: A Game of Thrones

Risk: A Game of Thrones

HBO’s Game of Thrones is a pretty accurate portrait of the corrupting nature of power. The higher up the corporate ladder one gets, the greater the danger of “agency risk,” or the propensity to pursue what’s best for number one, and not so much for the stakeholders or the organization as a whole. What can businesses do to mitigate the...

Positioning the CRO to Succeed

Positioning the CRO to Succeed

If the CRO or risk leader is to be effective and successful in the organization, he must be given full access to the Board, participate in high-level discussions and strategy setting and seen as an equal to the other C-Suite leaders or executives. The company and its leadership must appear to value the risk management function and enable the CRO...

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