What is Risk Management? Definition & Importance

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Introduction to Risk Management

Risk Management is basically a specified process of identification, examination & determination, evaluation and treatment of loss exposures. The definition of risk management also includes monitoring the financial resources and risk controls, for alleviating the detrimental effects of loss.

The Said Loss Can be an Outcome of:

  • Financial risks like liability judgments and cost of claims
  • Perimeter risks related to political transition or weather variation
  • Operational risks, especially labor strikes
  • Possibility of external fraud(committed by outsiders) or internal fraud (committed by own employees)
  • Strategic risks like reputation loss or changes in management
  • Any new government policies or change in any particular existing government policy(s)

What is Enterprise Risk?

Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), widens the scope of standard risk management definition. ERM defines a risk as any factor, visible or unforeseen, which can thwart the company’s endeavor of achieving it’s objectives. In case of unforeseen events like accidents, some methods or guidelines can be delineated which can help in anticipating such events.

Remember that, a predictable event always causes less risk, as there are always ways to prevent it, minimize it’s effects, do an estimation of loss.

What is Enterprise Wide Risk Management?

Enterprise Risk Management is crucial in allowing companies to pragmatically deal with risks and uncertain situations so that their profitability and brand value is increased. It helps in finding and choosing the alternatives to the situations that are termed as ‘risks’. Enterprise Risk Management is also helpful in ensuring effective compliance with the prescribed regulations and laws.

What is Corporate Risk Management?

Herein, the framework comprises those practices that can optimize the risk taking factor; when the market value as well as book value accounting are relevant but not completely sufficient.

From one corporation to another, risks vary on the basis of numerous factors, important ones being industry, size, multifariousness of the business, and capital’s sources. A specific set of practices which are perfect for one, might not be as beneficial for the other corporation. In line with this, the value of corporate risk management may be more mysterious as compared with that of financial risk management.

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Types of ERM Frameworks

1. Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) Framework

ERM is also defined by the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) as the discipline using which a company does multiple works like assessment, controlling, exploiting, financing and monitoring different types of risks that may occur from different source, with the aim of increasing the company’s value in short term and long term.

Risk Types Examples:

1. Hazard Risk – Property Damage, Liability, Natural
2. Financial Risk – Asset, Currency, Pricing, Liquidity
3. Operational Risk – Client Satisfaction, Integrity, Internal
4. Strategic Risk – Competition, Social trend, Capital availability, Government Policies

2. COSO ERM Framework

In 1994, the COSO Internal Control-Integrated Framework was amended. It has 8 Components and 4 Objectives.

The 8 components are:

1. Control Activities
2. Event Identification
3. Information and Communication
4. Internal Environment
5. Monitoring
6. Objective Setting
7. Risk Assessment
8. Risk Response

4 objectives are:

Compliance
Financial Reporting
Operations
Strategy

3. RIMS Risk Maturity Model (RMM)

The RMM for ERM is a canopy framework which comprises content and methodology which explains the needs for sustainable and effective ERM. This model include 25 competency drivers for 7 attributes which make the ERM valuable. These attributes are:

I. Business resiliency and sustainability
II. ERM process management
III. ERM-based approach
IV. Performance management
V. Risk appetite management
VI. Root cause discipline
VII. Uncovering risks

What is Enterprise Risk Management for Banks?

In the banking sector, risk management is in spotlight as today banks understand the importance of an ERM program or Enterprise Risk Management in creating a risk function which will help them stay at bay from the known and unknown risks of this sector.

Benefits of Implementing Enterprise Risk Management (ERP)

  1. ERM can be considered as a set of procedures through which banks can effectively deal with varied risks, thereby augmenting the stakeholder’s value.
  2. It allows banks to move ahead towards the “holistic scenario” of their enterprise wide risks.
  3. Through ERM, factors like redundancies and duplicates can be eliminated

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Instituting and Implementing Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) for Banks

The landscape of banking and financial sector has plethora of risks, which are only increasing with the passage of time. Hence, ERM program is quintessential for the entire banking sector.

1st Step: Understand all possible risks and risk factor. Promote the risk culture throughout the entity.

2nd Step: Develop a framework which should be standardized and enterprise-wide. It should include general definitions assumptions and analytic.

3rd Step: Frame all the risk objectives in perfect alignment to corporate targets, culture and risk appetite.

4th Step: The risk management should be autonomous of the business lines. It means that ERM should be reported directly to the higher management like Board of Directors instead of CEOs and other seniors.

5th Step: Identify all the “Risk Areas and Domains”. This will help in defining the perimeter of “risk management” in the company.

6th Step: Frame all the threats, and vulnerabilities. Create a ‘risk profile’ for every specific risk.

7th Step: Select the strategies which will mitigate the risks and it’s effects. Also, set up a system which will monitor and manage all the ‘risk profile’ continuously.

Strategically, there are many benefits of risk management and the ERM is considered as the crucial part of corporate governance framework.

What are the Challenges in Following and Implementing Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)

There are a number of inherent challenges which needs to be overpowered to implement ERM. Top 4 challenges are:

1. Strong and continuous support from the higher management.
2. Exhaustive and adequate resources, especially in terms of trained experts and cost.
3. Professionals and all-inclusive knowledge of every aspect of risk management.
4. The focus on achieving the target without giving up in the middle.

Example: One of the most difficult step is to integrate the risk management of credit, operational, market and liquidity with the other “financial” risks as it requires momentous efforts, time as well as cost to better the fundamental data management.

What are the challenges for Banks in adopting ERM?

Betterment of Efficiency: Attaining optimum efficiencies in every process of risk and control. Improvising the unifying, coordination and streamlining various procedures.

Challenging the Regulatory: Often changing regulatory requirements
Rigorous regulatory investigations etc.

Pulling & Retaining Talent: Inadequacy of talent in rising geographies or specialized areas

Some other challenges are:

1. Staying abreast with growth and complexity of the business
2. Handling the issues concerning people and organization according to the demands of new processes and methodology

Who is a Risk Management Specialist?

Risk management specialists are financial managers who are responsible for managing various risk taking activities to keep the business growing steadily along with yielding profits. These specialists have specific training, talent, skills and experience for identifying a set of risks that may lower the cash flow, affecting the revenue of the business.

What does a Risk Management Specialist do?

Their main purpose is to minimize the possible losses or risk for the business they serve. Some of the mentioned losses include cash flow, personnel / employees, or property. Their responsibilities also include identification and dealing with issues which may concern safety or insurance, that could lead to litigation if overlooked.

The work of a Risk Management Specialist can Include:

1. Assessment of areas which can result in a risk; thereafter taking action to minimize or eliminate the found risks.

2. Examining work conditions, filing workers comp claims, reading the guidelines / requirements related to code & legal aspects, surveying clients, looking for situation where liability might occur and discussing workers’ pay, working environment and other factors with the union.

3. Analyzing reports and cash flow data to identity and/or prevent any fraudulent activity.

4. On discovering a risk, the risk specialist should compile all the information to create a streamlined report, which should be clear and info-graphic.

5. Apart from creating reports, the expert should draft plans for reducing, avoiding, or eliminating losses and liabilities within the organization.

6. Their job responsibility also includes enforcement of the drafted plans, which may include assorted schemes related to problematic employees, blueprinting work and safety regulations, and up-scaling various procedures that comply to the latest laws and legislation.

Various Job Positions of a Risk Management Specialist:

Credit Risk Management Specialist, Financial Risk Management Specialist, Global Risk Management Specialist, Risk and Insurance Specialist, Risk Management Expert, Risk Management Professional, Risk Specialist.

Requirements / Skills of a Risk Management Specialist:

1. Perfect organization, management and communication skills
2. Analytical, mathematical and critical thinking skills
3. Experienced and seasoned experts
4. Should be able to handle stress of the profile

Example of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) – The Reserve Bank of Australia

This bank has constituted a risk appetite statement in reference to it’s primary risks which include the main risk appetite statement, supporting framework for risk management along with guidelines of implementation.

Conclusion

It is quintessential for a successful ERM process to assure that the risk taken by a organization is remunerated with some proportionate reward. It is also important that the organization is completely and comprehensively aware of all types and level of risks, which it is willing to take on. ERM is now considered as a method of integrating risk and control processes that creates a standard blueprint which is helpful in the assessment and monitoring of each kind of risk. A unified model delivers actual benefits in terms of cost apart from giving a much better overview of risk to the organization. With Enterprise Risk Management process in banks, corporate, financial companies, and other businesses, the aim is to make it more robust which supports the entire functioning of the business and to minimize every possible loss.

Author Bill Trueman is Fraud and Risk Management Specialist providing his risk management consulting services to businesses & organizations worldwide. Currently he is director of RiskSkill and UKFraud as well as he is an active member of AIRFA.

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RiskSkill – Risk Review Services Launched

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Bill Trueman, director of the UKFraud an independent global fraud watchdog, has formed an independent organization i.e RiskSkill which will provide its risk services globally. RiskSkill will consists of highly experienced eminent risk professionals, risk specialists and risk advisers who will provide their services to corporates, enterprises, banks, businesses and other commercial organizations for risk review, risk management, compliance solutions, due dilligence, legalities & ethical conduct, etc. to prevent them from big losses and headaches.

Whether you are a big organization or small organization if you are exposed to risks, big challenges, exposures, compliance problems, or any kind of risk, RiskSkill can provide you solutions for all this so that you can save millions. For more information on RiskSkill and their services visit their website at http://www.riskskill.com

 

Risk Review Services for Business Organizations Launched

What I love about the work that we do is that it is so high profile and saves our clients so much money. When a primary focus is upon, say, delivering a stronger customer service, changing the culture within an organization, establishing better communications (whatever that means), or some element of project management; these projects are appreciated; but of little consequence compared to saving an organization that we save €10 million for. This also takes us and our reputations into a different direction.

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Many specialists, consultants or advisors enter a business and present a ‘generic’ programme of work for a business in order to solve (or not) a problem, with a rather formulaic solution; and it is just these types of specialists that we want to follow into organisations. A big AAA business – such as a processor, a bank or an insurance company will be left floundering about what to DO and how to actually achieve savings now that they have their ‘shiny’ new process, risk engine or ‘new line of defence’. But this is all fun for us – and we set to work in two distinct phases:

a) Risk Review of what has been done so far, and then how and where the losses are being seen and managed; followed by

b) A bespoke program of corporate risk review that is needed to start making the savings that the business is searching for. We either leave a business to deliver the program that we prescribe, or more often, help them deliver the savings – as this is where the culture change, delivery focus and business transformation stuff starts.

And that, combined all the fun of seeing the savings ‘come-in’ is where all the satisfaction lies. For more information on our risk review services click here.

Bill Trueman is director of UKFraud and RiskSkill

UK Fraud Launches New Total Risk Operation for Corporates.

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Leading fraud prevention consultancy UKFraud (www.ukfraud.co.uk) has launched a new risk consultancy operation called Riskskill (www.riskskill.com). The new operation delivers ‘total risk’ assessments for major corporations. These are aimed at solving problems and engineering bespoke risk reduction solutions anywhere across the business including: organisational, management, financial control and IT.

The assessments analyse those areas where organisations could be at risk, including: fraud, cyber crime breaches, bad debts and other write-offs, along with compliance penalties and legal losses. Having identified specific areas of risk, Riskskill will draft detailed business process, measurement, HR and IT system change plans. The plans which are backed-up by comprehensive coaching, training and mentoring programmes aimed at engineering ground-up solutions throughout the client’s organisation and systems.

Assessments are based upon proven analysis techniques used by UKFraud in the fraud and business consultancy sectors. The new operation draws upon both UKFraud’s resources and a selection of experienced ‘best of breed’ risk consultants, each a specialist in their own field.

Bill Trueman, the CEO of UKFraud and of the new Riskskill operation, believes that the new consultancy offers a radical alternative to major corporations suffering loss across the enterprise. In his view, “If the shareholders of some companies knew of the risks that their organisations faced, there would be many more demands for greater accountability and calls for changes to board membership at AGMs. However, in many cases the risks and exposures are played down or even concealed. Sometimes they are simply attributed to economic and external factors, rather than addressed.

“Major corporations are somewhat slow at making major reactive changes. However, they are also slow at implementing longer-term strategies to address risk ‘gaps’. As a result, they can often be aware of risk and the related or potential losses, but cannot adapt fast enough to manage the change required professionally. Sometimes the risk hot-spots fall between organisational silos so that no one area of the business is responsible. In these cases, what is needed is a more radical approach. It maybe that an IT related solution is required on the one hand, or simply a specific organisational change on the other. However, it frequently takes an experienced external viewpoint to spot, monitor, analyse and eliminate the risk fully.

“From our experience, most organisations are needlessly at risk across a range of areas and often the consequential losses could be a major threat to business performance. However, these risks can usually be identified quickly and effective plans drawn up. By utilising Riskskill, organisations can appreciate quickly the level of risk they are running and therein plan to reduce this rapidly.”

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