Issue 07 / October 2015
More than four fifths (84%) of insurance risk and enterprise risk managers formally report top risk exposures to the board of directors or one of its committees at least annually, found the study 2015 Report on the Current State of Enterprise Risk Oversight, produced by the AICPA & NC State Poole College of Management ERM Initiative.
The same study cites that, over the past five years, 91% of organisations experienced a “somewhat to extensive” increase in the volume and complexity of risks and 65% experienced operational surprises or “real risk events”.
The C-suite is demanding more input from risk managers because the biggest risks now facing their businesses are interconnected and often intangible, such as reputation and brand, supply chain resilience, data/cyber security, regulatory risk, competitor actions and geopolitical risk.
As a result, the conventional siloed structures that were used for understanding and managing risks are no longer able to adequately respond to risk issues that have relevance across an organisation.
To manage risk consistently and effectively across functions and business units, businesses increasingly turn to enterprise risk management (ERM), defined simply as “a systematic approach to effectively identify, manage and communicate risk across an organisation”. ERM allows organisations to:
An effective ERM programme can increase organisational value by reducing variability in financial results and minimising operational losses by identifying, managing and communicating the most critical risks to achieving strategic and organisational objectives.
Businesses find they can capitalise on risk opportunities and protect or enhance their market reputation as well as support governance and credit rating requirements.
Almost half (48%) of organisations view ERM “somewhat to extensively” as a “proprietary strategic tool that provides unique competitive advantage”, found the 2015 Report on the Current State of Enterprise Risk Oversight.
An enterprise-wide remit means that the risk managers of tomorrow must have a substantial toolkit that helps them to assess, articulate and manage major strategic, operational, financial and compliance risks.
How risk managers can add more value to boardroom decision makinghttp://www.resilience.willis.com/articles/2015/09/27/how-risk-managers-can-earn-seat-top-table/
Critical to success, risk managers need to be able to demonstrate positive ROI for the enterprise risk-related efforts of business partner stakeholders, frequently under significant time and resource pressures.
This isn’t easy, but there are practices that ensure successful ERM including:
How critical is enterprise risk data to C-suite and board level decisions?
Very important, it would seem: the board of directors of 80% of public companies “reviews and discusses in a specific meeting the top risk exposures facing the organisations”, found the aforementioned study.
Ultimately, effective ERM improves a company’s understanding of how risks impact its strategic and operational objectives. A risk manager providing this essential decision making support will prove invaluable to the C-suite and board alike.
Todd is part of Willis Risk & Analytics, Strategic Risk Consulting, an international resource and consulting practice specialising in enterprise risk management, risk analytics, and alternative risk financing.
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