Wednesday, July 4, 2012

New guide to Examining Business Risk published by the Institute of Directors (IoD)

A new guide to business risk, published by the Institute of Directors (IoD) in association with Airmic, Chartis, PwC and Willis, urges UK Board members to improve their understanding and management of risk in order to successfully deliver growth and prevent future crises.

“Business Risk – A practical guide for Board members” lays out in detail the roles and responsibilities of the board in assessing and managing business risk, the risk challenges currently facing UK businesses and the structural, personal and strategic solutions which can be used to address these challenges.

Comments about the guide:
Simon Walker, Director General of the Institute of Directors, said: “If companies and the economy as a whole are to grow in today’s environment, it is vital that directors put risk management at the heart of business strategy.

Understanding risk helps you to become more enterprising without jeopardising your business. On the other hand, take the wrong kind of risk and you are heading for disaster, whilst avoiding risk altogether means you are condemned to stagnation. This guide will help directors get this crucial balance right.”

Alpesh Shah, director in PwC’s Actuarial Risk Practice, said: “There are few aspects of a board’s functioning that are as crucial to long-term corporate success as risk management.

Organizations that understand the risks they face and can articulate their risk appetite and define their risk strategy accordingly can have better decision-making, greater agility and a sharper competitive edge.

The practical points in this guide will be invaluable as Board members strive to achieve this.”

Daniel Wilkinson, CEO of Willis UK, said: “Unpredictable emerging threats like cyber, reputational and supply chain risks require Boards to take a long-term focus on building resilience throughout their organizations rather than having a traditional risk management policy based solely on anticipation.

The resilience approach will help companies respond quickly and dynamically to threats by ensuring that the right expertise and processes are in place.”

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