risk monitoring

The Board’s Role in Risk Oversight and Why It’s Important

A majority of articles here on the blog focus on the process of ERM for anyone involved in their organization’s strategy-setting and day-to-day operations. While learning about processes like risk identification, assessment, and reporting is important, there are other risk-related activities in the organization that are equally important, namely the oversight of risk by the…
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risk reporting

The Ultimate Primer for Effective Risk Reporting

A mechanism for ensuring leadership, business managers, and other stakeholders make risk-informed decisions and fulfill oversight duties At the end of the day, the ERM process should be regarded as a cycle or feedback loop…meaning, there’s never a definitive end point. It’s like the four seasons of the year – there’s never an end point,…
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risk owner

Why Assigning a Risk Owner is Important and How to Do It Right

Falling in the middle of the risk management cycle (after developing risk appetite and tolerance and identifying, but before assessing and analyzing risks), the organization then must identify who will “own” or be responsible for a particular risk. Although the exact definition of what a risk owner is will vary depending on the organization, it…
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risk review

3 Ways to Avoid the Check-the-Box Trap in Risk Review

In both my experience and according to a white paper from PwC, a common ERM challenge is how an annual risk review becomes a check-the-box activity. It shouldn’t be this way… Regardless of the reasons, everyone from executives all the way down to entry-level managers and employees have enough “bureaucratic” burdens as it is. An…
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KRI system

3 Steps to Building an Effective KRI System Today

If your executives and managers love metrics, then they’re sure to use Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Even if they don’t like numbers, any smart executive will be reviewing their KPIs dashboard. These historical measures are designed to gauge performance to ensure goals and milestones are being met. As risk professionals, though, we know the value…
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8 Possible Consequences of Not Being Proactive in Risk Management

Rather than discuss the benefits of risk management in this article, I want to take some time to explain what can possibly happen if you do not proactively identify, assess and manage risks in your organization. As I explain elsewhere, risks in the ERM context is more than just potential hazards – it includes any…
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Supply Chain Risk Management – Ensuring You Can Handle a Vendor Outage

Questions and considerations for making sure your company can stay in business during supply chain disruptions   A recent white paper published by Transvoyant titled “A Revolution in Risk Management” discusses the use of data analytics and artificial intelligence in supply chain risk management.  While it was extremely interesting how companies can use the evolution…
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4 Possible Paths Your ERM Program Can Take

Setting up an enterprise risk management (ERM) program is just the beginning of a continuous process to help your organization achieve strategic and operational objectives. Like many things in life, this is easier said than done… Companies will establish an ERM program for a variety of reasons – perhaps a simple question from a board…
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