|The Compliance Environment||Manage The Risk|
The globe is littered with corporate scandals, jailed executives and corporate collapses with senior management either being implicated, held accountable or ignorant of what has occurred.
As a result, organisations already operating in a globalised, technology driven and volatile business environment are further driven by the increasingly interventionist activity of regulatory agencies and legislation. Some examples include – ASX Governance Principles, ASIC, APRA Stage II reforms, CLERP 9, Basle II, Sarbanes Oxley (US), Cadbury & Turnbull (UK), and Whistleblower legislation.
Despite the increased levels of compliance scrutiny, the events of workplace death and injury, security breaches, and fraud and corruption continue. This can result in police or regulatory agency investigation, coronial and criminal hearings, media scrutiny, officer and director liability, jailed executives, economic loss, increased insurance premiums and creating a tarnished business reputation and brand.
Insufficient emphasis is placed on an integrated and embedded approach to managing risks across an organisation that would realise economic and regulatory compliance benefits; particularly the human dimension to understand the attitudinal and behavioural issues of why people continue to commit errors and violations in the workplace.
A range of organisational impediments will increase business vulnerability and the need for reactive protection services: