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5 (More) Good Reasons Why ABAC Compliance Should be a Priority for Boards

Corporate leaders, including boards of directors, are beginning to pay more attention to bribery and corruption risk. Though growing, this trend is not universal. For all too many organizations, anti-bribery and corruption (ABAC) efforts fall far down the “to do” list.

The World Economic Forum – an organization for public-private partnership which has its flagship meeting in Davos each year – thinks ABAC is so important it has created a specific initiative around it. Called the Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI), the group launched a new report, The Future of Trust and Integrity in August 2018. The report talks about how bribery and corruption can be reduced through projects that focus on change in three key dimensions of trust and integrity – institutional, behavioural and technological dimensions. The PACI group is now targeting projects in all three dimensions.

The fact that the World Economic Forum is engaging so explicitly in ABAC should make it clear to boards how important the fight against bribery and corruption is. However, below are five more good reasons why boards should make their ABAC programs a priority:
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Topics: third party risk management, board of directors, reputational risk, board accountability, ABAC compliance, anti-bribery, ethical leadership, duty of care, anti-corruption

Third Party Risk - A Unique Kind of Operational Risk

Third party risk management is on a journey. A journey that is being accelerated and guided by increased regulatory attention.

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Topics: risk and compliance, third party relationships, Financial Services, reputational risk, regulatory risk, risk-scoring, third party risk, performance scoring, regulatory compliance, operational risk, supplier risk, third party supplier, Risk Management Framework, vendor risk, performance management program, enterprise risk, occ compliance

Bribery & Corruption - “societal action v. unenforced regulation”

At the moment, the international approach to enforcement around bribery and corruption can seem uneven, at best and perhaps lax, at worst.

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Topics: FCPA, Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption, third party risk management, Corruption Enforcement, Corruption, Fraud, Bribery, compliance programs, reputational risk, uk bribery, uk sfo

Third party scorecards: Making an improved culture of collaboration a reality

Scorecards that measure the performance of suppliers and vendors that a company contracts with have been a business tool embraced by procurement for some time now.

However, there’s an evolution underway. Increasingly businesses are recognizing that a holistic third party scorecard that also embeds risk and compliance metrics, can not only help drive continuous improvements in vendor performance, but can also help reduce the risk that third party engagements may bring to the enterprise. What’s more, scorecards can also be leveraged as a collaborative tool to help raise the collective bar of the third party ecosystem – especially in areas such as IT security.  Operational risk, Information Security and Compliance are all now stepping up to the scorecard plate.

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Topics: risk and compliance, third party relationships, Data Security & Privacy, information security, reputational risk, regulatory risk, risk-scoring, third party risk, data privacy, performance scoring, organization risk, regulatory compliance

Whetting the Appetite in Third Party Risk

A snapshot of the results of two new audience surveys suggests that the concept of “risk appetite” within the third-party risk management framework is still finding its feet. Attendees at a pair of June New York and London conferences, aimed at the financial services industry’s third party risk professionals, responded very similarly to three key questions.

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Topics: risk and compliance, Financial Services, third party risk management, compliance programs, risk management, governance, reputational risk, compliance risk, tprm, event, third party risk, EMEA, survey, risk appetite

Board Reporting, Risk Scorecards, Cybersecurity and more – takeaways from CEFPROs Vendor and Third Party Risk USA Conference

Earlier this month, I attended and chaired at the Center for Financial Professional’s conference on Vendor and Third Party Risk USA in New York. The two-day event highlighted the complexity that third party risk managers face, with topics as far ranging as cyber-risk at fourth parties, to applying third party risk frameworks to intra-company organizations. The event also demonstrated that the discipline is having to evolve and mature fast in order to keep pace with the changing digital landscape as well as ongoing regulatory change. Here are my top takeaways from the event, which I hope you will find of interest.

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Topics: Anti-bribery & Anti-corruption, risk and compliance, Financial Services, third party risk management, Responsible Sourcing, compliance programs, business case, High Technology, risk management, governance, reputational risk, compliance risk, tprm, event, third party risk, EMEA

CEFPRO's Vendor & Third Party Risk EMEA conference - Top 10 Key Takeaways for Third Party Risk

This week, I had the pleasure of chairing Day one of the Center for Financial Professional’s conference on Vendor and Third Party Risk EMEA. The conference brought together insights about the evolution of the discipline as well as some key best practices. Here are my top ten takeaways from the event that I would like to share.

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Topics: Anti-bribery & Anti-corruption, risk and compliance, Financial Services, third party risk management, Responsible Sourcing, compliance programs, business case, High Technology, risk management, governance, reputational risk, compliance risk, tprm, event, third party risk, EMEA

Sustainable Procurement - Survey Shows Progress Still To Be Made

Sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) are now important or critically important items on the supply chain agendas of organizations around the world, according to a new survey. However, organizations need to continue to drive improvement in the implementation of their sustainability/CSR programs to ensure risks and compliance are managed, and brand reputation protected.

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Topics: third party risk management, Responsible Sourcing, sustainability, csr, risk management, risk mitigation, board of directors, governance, procurement, corporate resonsibility, corporate social responsibility, compliance, brand reputation, ecovadis, hec, sustainable procurement, SP program, global supply chain, reputational risk, compliance risk, regulatory risk, suppliers