As exporting begins to ramp up like never before in the wake of ChAFTA, the roles of transportation, freight, and logistics are updating their policies and implementing new procedures as matter of necessity. Incorporating and complying with all of the new sets of regulations involved with such a large opportunity will be challenging, meaning that risk management efforts in these areas need to be elevated as well.
Businesses in Europe and the US are poised to leave us behind. That may seem a bit blunt and perhaps is a slight overstatement, but the essence of the statement is true, according to new global data released by multinational professional services firm Ernst and Young.
The survey in question looked at businesses around the world and how they are managing their risk. While Australia has historically “been at the forefront of risk management”, we are now merely “on par” with our industrial global counterparts, and that is a concerning trend.
Today we consider how real-time risk management is necessary, in order to compete in global business.
The key buzzword for business over the last decade has, without question, been “disruption”. A disruptive company, product, or service is one that brings an entirely new angle and vision to an existing industry, and when they do they make waves amongst both the current industry players and the governments that regulate them and their industry.
In this article, examine how new and disruptive industries and services are challenging regulation and compliance bodies.
Compliance has become a huge industry, partly out of wanting to simply do good business, but mostly out of the necessity of complying with ever-increasing rules and regulations from governments and other regulatory agencies.
In response to the new demand, companies are now paying hefty salaries to compliance officers. As with all things, however, great rewards come only from great risks and responsibilities.
In this article we explain why Compliance Officers are earning higher salaries and why they are personally at risk for non-compliance.
There is a disconnect in today’s businesses that is causing significant losses in market value. That disconnect is shown in two ways. First, many companies equate risk management with risk aversion. That is, instead of actively monitoring and measuring the risk controls they put in place, they are simply setting the controls in place for maximum risk avoidance and then letting them ride.
Winston Churchill once said “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often”. Some might argue that we’ve taken that idea to the extreme and decided to be a society under constant change, in which case we should listen to Mr. Churchill’s further thought, that “There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction”.
In the case of security and compliance, that constant progress is definitely a good thing. The more secure customer and company data can be kept, the better. Keeping products safe and in good shape along supply lines is also good.
The movement in the US for a higher minimum wage has taken a new angle in attacking large franchisors, and it could threaten to rip apart the franchising industry as we know it. There are now consolidated cases going before the National Labour Relation Board which claim that a franchisor – such as McDonald’s, one of the companies being attacked – is actually a joint owner with its franchisees.
If the board rules against McDonald’s, it would mean that the corporation could be liable for wage underpayments or other violations, even things that aren’t related to the franchise agreement. The franchise owners would also basically lose their “business owner” status and be more subject to corporate policies. They would become, essentially, corporately-controlled outlets instead of franchises.
There is a growing necessity for businesses to implement compliance monitoring systems and many are struggling with the task of migrating from memory, paper and excel- based systems that are now inadequate.
Your supply chain is a huge part of, and more often than not a necessity to, your business. Unfortunately, it can also be a huge liability for your business if your suppliers aren’t vetted properly and if you don’t ensure compliance throughout your supply chain.
Thorough vendor risk management, then, must be a vital component of your compliance strategy.
This article explains ways in which retail compliance officers can reduce potential problems in their supply chain.