InsuranceRegionalRisk Management
August 25, 2022

When To Buy Political Risk Insurance—and When It’s Too Late

WTW’s Laura Burns discusses policies that insure losses caused by geopolitical crises not covered by traditional insurance.Companies including McDonalds and ExxonMobil have reported billions in losses from shutting down business and other events related to Russia’s war in Ukraine. Some of that financial pain may have been avoided if corporates had purchased political risk insurance long before the crisis started, according to Laura Burns, who heads the political risk practice for WTW, formerly known as Willis Towers Watson. In a video you can watch…
ESGInternal Audit ExecutivesRisk Management
June 2, 2022

Internal Auditors Shine a Brighter Light on Climate Data Sources

Pending regulations prompt IA to validate companies’ climate-related claims and incorporate first and second lines of defense. Several members of NeuGroup for Internal Audit Executives have recently or will soon conduct the first audits of their companies’ climate impact reports, and in a recent meeting they generally concluded that ESG group leaders may not understand much of the data behind their reports. The vice president of internal audit at a corporate with supply chains stretching worldwide discussed his company’s annual climate impact…
Risk ManagementTreasury Management
May 26, 2022

Musical Chairs: Where Should ERM Sit To Create the Most Value?

Some corporates are positioning ERM teams to sit under internal audit or corporate strategy. Many enterprise risk management teams are at an inflection point as they aim to become strategic partners to the business. Some corporates are finding that ERM can add more value to the business by sitting within functions like corporate strategy or internal audit. At a recent meeting of NeuGroup for Enterprise Risk Management, two members who recently experienced a shift in reporting—one to internal audit and the other to…
Risk Management
May 12, 2022

Seeing Risks Before They Do Damage Isn’t Impossible

Members of NeuGroup’s corporate enterprise risk management group hear how they can divine unseen, emerging risks. The ancient stoics often practiced premeditatio malorum or the premeditation of evils, which was basically the art of expecting the worst. In a sense, this is how enterprise risk managers must go about their jobs today, particularly when the timeline of 100-year disruptive occurrences has been compressed to every four to five years. Social, geopolitical and environmental risks combined with the everyday risks of…
Risk Management
April 14, 2022

Better Questions, Better Data: Making Risk Tracking Strategic

ERM heads discuss shifting risk survey strategies to improve risk registers and add more value to the company.“Every day in the last two years, it feels like I’ve woken up to a new crisis.” That’s how the head of ERM at one multinational described the current risk environment at a recent meeting of NeuGroup for Enterprise Risk Management. Therefore, he added, even though it often feels like swimming upstream, keeping a comprehensive risk register that keeps track of and scores…
Risk ManagementTalking Shop
March 3, 2022

Talking Shop: How Often Do You Assess Counterparty Risk?

Editor’s note: NeuGroup’s online communities provide members a forum to pose questions and give answers. Talking Shop shares valuable insights from these exchanges, anonymously. Send us your responses: [email protected]. Member question: “How often do you assess counterparty risk? “For your short-term investments such as bank deposits, what frequency has worked best for your team to measure/assess counterparty risk (e.g., daily to weekly, weekly to monthly, etc.) and what considerations were taken into account for determining frequency (e.g., CDS, credit ratings)? It…
Cyber riskRisk ManagementTechnology
February 24, 2022

Spending to Save: Making a Case for Payments Fraud Prevention Tools

Turning to banks, internal auditors and ERM teams may help treasury teams overcome a dearth of fraud data.  Payments fraud schemes hit 74% of companies in 2020, and two-thirds of treasury and finance professionals blame the pandemic for some of the increase in fraud at their companies, according to an AFP survey. Whatever the causes, the problem has made tools that can prevent scams more important than ever. But some treasury teams in need of those solutions are hitting a…
ComplianceRisk Management
January 26, 2022

Drawing Legal Lines: Internal Audit and Attorney-Client Privilege

Insights on when and how internal auditors involve lawyers to protect information in an audit report.Most members of NeuGroup for Internal Audit Executives either don’t have a formal process to secure attorney-client privilege (ACP) for their audit reports or are working to formalize one. That takeaway emerged at a recent group session where other members shared how the process works at their companies. But first, some context: According to the law firm Gibson Dunn, “Generally speaking, internal audit reports and…
Cyber riskRisk Management
December 1, 2021

Cyber Insurance Reality Check: Stress Testing to Set Coverage Goals

One company got help doing stress tests to report to senior management what cyber coverage it needed and why. Corporations scrambling to cope with the rising threat of data breaches and ransomware attacks face the additional, unpleasant reality of soaring premiums (see chart) and shrinking capacity in the cyber insurance market. That’s putting more pressure on finance teams to weigh the potential risks of forgoing or reducing coverage against the high price of having protection. At a recent meeting of NeuGroup…
Risk ManagementTalking Shop
November 10, 2021

Talking Shop: Reporting Specific Risks to the Board

Editor’s note: NeuGroup’s online communities provide members a forum to pose questions and give answers. Talking Shop shares valuable insights from these exchanges, anonymously. Send us your responses: [email protected]. Member question: “Do any members report specific risks or risk categories to the board? For example—technological risk, cyber, system implementation, environmental or carbon, weather risks, etc.”Peer answer 1: “Yes, we just presented to our board this week and included the top five risks in our report. Of the five, I’d say two…