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Poor Risk Management and Stinky Diapers

chemical plant explosion in Japan on Sunday shows the consequences of poor risk management in a really personal way. The Nippon Shokubai Co. produces a chemical that is a critical link in the supply chain for one-fifth of all the world's diapers. A diaper shortage is expected.

One, where was the risk management program to prevent the explosion? As is always with these things, in the next 6 weeks, evidence of an employee warning their management about conditions that could result in an explosion

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Better Risk Assessments: Free On-Demand Webinar

Looking back over my most popular blogs, there was a lot of interest in "5 Steps for Better Risk Assessments" back in March this year. Due to this interest I have created a complimentary 25 minute on-demand video webinar on this same subject complete with detailed "how to" examples and visuals that are not possible in a blog format.

Click here to watch this On Demand Webinar or read the full invitation below:

On-Demand Complimentary Webinar Invitation:

Risk managers are charged with ensuring transp

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First, what is Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) 404 compliance? It is the legal requirement for public companies that senior management state that their company's financial reporting is accurate. Sounds simple? The expense and the value are all in the execution. How is that done? Simply put, the flow of information from the financial reports themselves is traced and connected to the activities that generate that information and the resources that are depended upon to generate that information. That sounds l

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This white paper presents a low risk, high impact approach to gaining control of regulatory compliance. The procedures, tasks, and behaviors that bear upon compliance can be overwhelming. Yet organizations that can master these activities, operate more efficiently, compete more effectively, and build their brands. Learn how Governance, Risk, and Compliance technologies can help.

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(A report from 
the Economist Intelligence Unit)

More than ever, boards and senior management want to understand overall risk exposures, and be provided with clear, consistent information in a timely manner. With corporate governance legislation increasingly stressing the importance of personal liability and accountability for executives and non-executives, companies cannot afford to be in the dark about their risk position

 Visibility into decision making can help preserve a company’s reputatio

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This white paper presents a low risk, high impact approach to gaining control of regulatory compliance. The procedures, tasks, and behaviors that bear upon compliance can be overwhelming. Yet organizations that can master these activities, operate more efficiently, compete more effectively, and build their brands. Learn how Governance, Risk, and Compliance technologies can help.

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As the economic horizon continues to shift and belts tighten, small and medium sized companies — who typically have between 10 to 500 employees and represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms according to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) — may wind up being so focused on core business issues that they overlook one of their most potentially serious and costly issues — human resource compliance. Unlike their large-company counterparts, they lack the time and resources to build infrast

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In this challenging environment, board members and management executives are striving to maintain their tight grip on costs while maintaining a proper focus on enterprise-wide risk.

Jack S. Dybalski is Vice President and Chief Risk Officer at Xcel Energy. He will be a key speaker at the marcus evans 5th Annual Enterprise Risk Management Conference taking place in from March 19-21, 2012 in Chicago, IL.

Jack Dybalski is the Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of Xcel Energy based in Denver, Colora

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It is inevitable for governance, risk and compliance (GRC) to converge. They are all about achieving the objectives of the organisation. For me, the greater debate is what role should an individual take as a leader in the convergence of the GRC space in an organisation?

It was no surprise that the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) Survey , which assesses the need to align risk management and internal control guidelines internationally, found the need for an alignment is strong and t

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What Cantaloupe and Citigroup has in Common

Two stories in the news recently have caught my eye: one involving a listeria outbreak caused by tainted cantaloupe, and the other involving Citigroup losing $285 million for defrauding investors.

In the cantaloupe story, the deadly, nationwide listeria outbreak was traced to a packing facility in Colorado operated by Jensen Farms, in which factors such as workers and trucks accidentally carrying the disease into the facility, and machinery being hard to sanitize created the environment in which

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New companies with a market capitalization under USD 1 billion will now be able to opt-out of regulations within section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Act for the first ten years after going public. This option was previously available to companies under USD 75 million.

 

Congressman Ben Quayle introduced the Startup Expansion and Investment Act to, “make it easier for emerging companies to access the capital necessary to expand and create jobs”. Quayle noted that removing one of the many regula

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Takeaways from EGRC Magic Quadrant

Recently, Gartner released its 2011 Magic Quadrant for enterprise governance, risk, and compliance (eGRC) software.  While the report highlights the top vendors of eGRC, which includes LogicManager, it also identifies some revealing trends within the eGRC marketplace based on reliable consumer feedback.  The most notable trend recognized is the shift towards enterprise risk management (ERM) software by eGRC programs.  As Gartner states,

"ERM has emerged as the most significant use of EGRC platfor

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No company falls out of compliance over-night.  It’s a gradual process resulting from a combination of overlooked issues, that together create a serious problem.  Strangely enough, compliance issues often result from taking an overly compliance-focused approach to risk management; a common problem for Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) programs.

Take for example J&J who, after a series of product recalls in 2009, has once again fallen out of compliance and now faces a permanent FDA injunction

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The economic crisis of the last few years has forced a renewed focus on the process of risk identification, management and mitigation at corporations across North America. Executives are taking a much closer look at their strategic risk management channels in order to formulate a more rigorous and effective Enterprise Risk Management programs. The interaction between executive management, the board of directors and company shareholders has presented numerous challenges and opportunities in the m

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A company was fined a heavy penalty the other day for a a workplace accident that was caused by the company managers condoning illegal actions, because that is the "way we have always done it in the
past".

In this case an unlicensed driver of a forklift caused an accident.

The company decided to plead guilty being negligent in terms of the Occupational Health & Safety Act, expecting a thousand rand (ZAR) fine, but thecourt decided a fine of R10000 would be more appropriate. The judge's words: " Do
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In the automotive dealership space I have seen acquisitions turn into legal tribulations when after a deal is closed personnel related non-compliance issues pop-up creating huge, multi-million dollar headaches literally days after deal close.

What was found was a fundamental disregard for the human element in the valuation of a business...what have the people been up to that reinforces the business processes that helped make the business successful as well as what they have been doing on their ow
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