Corporate investigations, which can be triggered by any number of events, have become a fact of life for most companies. A new report from H5 examines current trends relating to corporate investigations, the nature of investigations companies face, the concerns that drive them, the tools and methods utilized in their pursuit, the challenges associated with conducting investigations and the outlook for the future.
Among the key findings:
- A majority of respondents (63 percent) expect the number of investigations to increase over the next three years.
- A majority (67 percent) also indicated that their companies proactively monitor networks and electronic data for suspicious activity, although that is not the most common trigger for an investigation. The most common impetus, cited by 45 percent of respondents, is a private or public complaint by a consumer, employee or competitor.
- Nearly half (47 percent) said their companies face more than 50 potential investigations per year, with one in five putting the number at more than 100.
- The most prevalent type of investigations undertaken by respondents’ companies were employee/workplace investigations (43 percent) followed by regulatory/governmental investigations (24 percent) and due diligence investigations (11 percent).
- 59 percent of respondents included analytics technology as one of their top three areas of spend.
- One in three respondents were somewhat or very dissatisfied with their company’s approach to finding key documents that could constitute evidence in an investigation.
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