Thursday, June 18, 2009

The FT on governance and risk management

Today’s Financial Times has a Special Report on Corporate Governance (available for free pdf download on I’ve not yet read the full suite of articles but there is a good piece on risk management in the light of recent corporate failures.

Jeremy Grant notes:

… [T]here is much work to be done to figure out what kinds of risk management systems boards should have in the wake of the financial crisis. That exposed how information flowed far too slowly up to the board level to allow early diagnosis of problems.

While boards have policies and processes for risk, the critical information is not getting though in time. (I’ve certainly seen that in the public and third sectors – the private sector has no monopoly on risk management failure.)

The article also reports he wariness of some experts about whether the issue of risk management is too big for audit committees.

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