FERMA Press Release "Risk Leadership Survey release"

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FERMA Press Release "Risk Leadership Survey release"

  1. 1. 22 August 2013 Press release Risk management is prioritised as never before – some weaknesses remain Buffeted by global competition and the continuing aftermath of the financial crisis, European companies are prioritising risk management as never before,althoughsome weaknesses remain. These findings come from research on risk managementleadership conducted with risk managers from the Federation of European Risk Management (FERMA) and the public sector associations PRIMO by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services sponsored by insurerZurich. In their responses, more than 200executives at major European organisations emphasise how top management and the board are increasingly setting direction and taking tighter control of risk management, integrating it with overall company strategy and embedding it deeper into corporate culture. In 2014, FERMA will conduct its pan-European risk management benchmarking survey which will delve further into some of the issues highlighted by these results. The current survey indicates that, at 35% of organisations, either a CRO or a risk manager has direct responsibility for risk management. At 27%, either the CEO or the CFO/treasurer has direct responsibility, while the board itself is responsible at 14%.
  2. 2. In all cases, companies emphasise the importance of board engagement. FERMA board member Jo Willaert, Corporate Risk Manager of Agfa-Gevaert, said “You need the support of the board. If you do not have the support of the board, it will not work.” The majority of companies have education and review processes in place to keep the board and the senior executives informed about their risk exposures. Key risks are communicated to the C-suite regularly at 70% of organisations. More than half the organisations surveyed, 56% said, they have increased the resources devoted to risk-related education and training over the past three years for chief risk office level and above, at the least. Making these processes work requires a conduit for risk information: 75% cited the risk function as a channel by which information, intelligence and advice on risk reaches senior management. However, only 17% of respondents described communication between the C-suite and the CRO as being comprehensive or nearly so. More than one in four, 29 %, expressed concern about a „good news culture‟ that meant management did not receive unvarnished information on risk. And 40% said their organisation has not yet set up a broadbased, cross-functional risk committee–despite the crucial role the risk committee plays in making sure that risk data are discussed thoroughly and passed on to the board. The survey also found that companies have been slow to adopt risk-based incentives as part of compensation. Only 12% said they align risk management with executive pay. Jo Willaert commented said: “These are not essentials for a successful risk management strategy but they show risk management has room to grow in the C-suite.” Companies aspire to forge closer links between risk management and strategic planning. Roughly half said their risk management process is closely or very closely aligned with their overall strategy and budget. At the same time, there has been less progress at bringing the risk function‟s resources to bear on transformative business projects, such as mergers, acquisitions and divestments. Only 20% described the risk
  3. 3. function as a tool for making more effective strategic decisions and investments. Priority risk areas These were the risk categories to which respondents ranked as of greatest concern: Strategic Financial IT/data privacy Legal and regulatory compliance Brand/reputation Market/competition Technology Systemic Political/geopolitical Workforce Natural disasters Terrorism/violence 63% 55% 44% 44% 42% 42% 41% 37% 35% 33% 20% 10% Further research [URL address of the report] For more information, contact Lee Coppack FERMA media coordinator or +44 (0)20 8318 0330/+44 (0)7843 089904 Or Florence Bindelle (assistant Christel Jaumoulle) FERMA executive manager florence.bindelle@ferma.eu or +32 (2) 761 94 31 About FERMA The Federation of European Risk Management Associations (FERMA) brings together 22 national risk management associations in 20 European countries. FERMA has 4,200 individual members representing a wide range of business sectors from major industrial and commercial companies to
  4. 4. financial institutions and local government bodies. These members play a crucial role for their organisations with respect to the management and treatment of complex risks and insurance issues. Member associations are from the following countries: Belgium (BELRIM), Czech Republic (ASPAR CZ), Denmark (DARIM), Finland (FinnRiMa), France (AMRAE), Germany (DVS/BfV), Italy (ANRA), Luxembourg (ALRiM), Malta (MARM), Netherlands (NARIM), Norway (NORIMA), Poland (POLRISK), Portugal (APOGERIS), Russia (RusRisk), Slovenia (Sl.RISK), Spain (AGERS and IGREA), Sweden (SWERMA), Switzerland (SIRM), Turkey (ERMA) and United Kingdom (Airmic).

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