Enterprise Compliance Today

The Risk Outlook for 2015

Posted by Greg Carroll on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 @ 08:51 AM

It is customary at this time of year for most risk professionals to step back and take a broader look at the risk landscape ahead for the coming year. The normal starting point is the “think-tank” assessments of Global Risks such as Zurich Risk Landscape 2007-2015 and the WEF’s 2015 Global Risk Report.  And Global Warming is at the top of most experts’ lists.

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Tags: risk management, Resilience, risk identification

COSO ERM Review - 9 Point Plan to Integrate ISO 31000

Posted by Greg Carroll on Fri, Jan 09, 2015 @ 09:09 AM

COSO has announced its intention to review its 2004 ERM Framework and has already started soliciting feedback.  Broadly panned by the Risk fraternity, I believe it can provide a valuable contribution to the GRC landscape. Although I expect critics from both sides (COSO & ISO 31000), here are my recommendations.

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Tags: corporate governance, risk management, Resilience

PDCA is NOT Best Practice

Posted by Greg Carroll on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 @ 01:30 PM

There is a gaggle of Management Consultants pushing the 20th century mantra of Good Management Practice as a panacea to all the ill of today’s business environment. The key plank in most of these methodologies is that old chestnut “the PDCA cycle” for Continuous Improvement. If your consultant wears this as a badge, run a mile!

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Tags: Best practices, corporate governance, iso 55000, risk management, project management, Quality Management

Axe archaic attitudes on Risk Appetite!

Posted by Greg Carroll on Fri, Oct 17, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

We need to discard the continuing archaic attitude to Risk Appetite as a compliance policing action and develop it as a tool of improving management and system performance.  In the brave new world of the 21st century volatile business environment not only are the goal posts moving, but the ground is moving under our feet.

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Tags: corporate governance, risk management, risk culture, decision making, risk tolerance

Emerging Risks II – The Black Swan Syndrome

Posted by Greg Carroll on Thu, Oct 02, 2014 @ 10:10 AM

In part 2 of my analysis of the ISO 31000 forum on “Does anyone really understand Emerging Risks?” I look at the 3rd question: How do you manage the unknown?

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Tags: corporate governance, risk management, risk identification, risk evaluation

Does anyone really understand Emerging Risks?

Posted by Greg Carroll on Fri, Sep 19, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

I recently opened an ISO 31000 Forum discussion on “Does anyone really understand Emerging Risks?”  The discussion proved illuminating so in this week’s post I thought I would share a summary of the forum discussion.

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Tags: corporate governance, risk management, due diligence, risk identification

QANTAS $3b Loss – Risk is more than Compliance

Posted by Greg Carroll on Sat, Aug 30, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Where was the QANTAS Board Risk & Audit Committee during the past 6 years of Alan Joyce’s systematic destruction of, at one-time, one of the world’s leading airlines?

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Tags: corporate governance, risk management, due diligence

How to use Strategic Imperatives to focus Corporate Risk Management

Posted by Greg Carroll on Wed, Aug 06, 2014 @ 02:00 PM

Risk exists everywhere - the problem is knowing what to focus on. ISO31000 definition of risk as “the measure of uncertainty in a situation” hasn’t done a lot to clarify what corporate risk means for Directors providing "good corporate governance".

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Tags: corporate governance, risk identification, Strategic Management

Understanding ERM: 7 Guiding Principles for Successful ERM

Posted by Greg Carroll on Fri, Jun 13, 2014 @ 01:30 PM

The Dept of Defence assesses capability in 7 categories: Purpose, Environment, Organisation, People, Process, Data, and Material. Below I have used this methodology to lay out the guiding principles for achieving a successful Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) system.

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Tags: Best practices, risk management, risk culture

Risk Culture vs Organizational Culture – Hitler Diaries Case Study

Posted by Greg Carroll on Fri, May 23, 2014 @ 01:00 PM

The “Risk Culture” Myth Part3: The blurring of the difference between Risk Culture & Organizational Culture has had a major detrimental effect on ensuring good governance in corporations.  An independent Risk Culture to Organizational Culture is as vital to good governance as an independent judiciary is to good government.

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Tags: corporate governance, risk management, due diligence, risk culture