Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) has published its annual Risk in Review survey. Nearly two thousand global corporate professionals representing a broad cross section of industries responded to provide insights into how their organizations meet the challenges of enterprise risk management.
The study was published against the backdrop of an emerging Eurozone recovery, US Sequester driven GDP decline, BRICS vacating the leadership role of global market drivers, the factory collapse in Bangladesh, the political turmoil of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and Eric Snowden’s revelations of NSA privacy violations.
The previous year survey reflected the perspective of corporate managers still smarting from the economic effects of the Great Recession and global credit crisis; by anointing financial distress and market uncertainty as the principal driver of corporate threats. This years survey cited technological change, IT risks, regulatory complexity and rapidly changing customer needs as the primary focus of corporate risk management programs.
The survey examined the intimate relation of external risk factors and how the organization has aligned its internal GRC processes to address both external and internal risk drivers. The survey identified the ten most common risk management capability gaps. It also offered an evaluative framework to distinguish corporate risk leaders, early stage adopters and organizations beginning to develop a more formalized risk aware culture.
The survey is an excellent examination of the components of a risk aware enterprise and a proposed framework to develop a risk aware culture within a commercial enterprise. The survey can be downloaded from the PwC website.
In future posts we will examine some of the major points the survey raises to promote a more risk aware corporate culture.
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