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Increased Board Accountability is Real

8028244294?profile=originalBy this point, the Volkswagen scandal is old news (we first blogged about it last October). Yet details about the case continue to emerge, most recently about board accountability. As of last week, a Volkswagen “internal probe into its emissions-cheating scandal found no evidence of wrongdoing by members of senior management…” In other words, VW’s Board didn’t know about the deception until it was too late.

This might appear to be a good thing, but actually VW is making its situation worse. Why?

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Volkswagen has been side-stepping environmental compliance standards by “programming some diesel-fueled cars to turn on emission controls only when being tested.” In the days since this discovery, Volkswagen has been hit with over 30 federal lawsuits and 40%+ decline in stock value, all stemming from the same source—poor Enterprise Risk Management.

In this case, poor risk management regarding their investment in diesel, without developing a mitigation plan for if the technology didn’t meet emissi

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