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Five Ways to Sabotage a Company's Risk Management Program

Minneapolis, MN | June 20, 2024 | By: John Trefethen, Director and Co-Founder

Five Ways to Sabotage a Company's Risk Management Program

Effective financial risk management is crucial for a company’s stability and growth.  However, several factors can sabotage a well-intended risk management program. Here are five key issues that can undermine such efforts:

  1. Lack of Executive Support and Engagement. Ensuring that executive leadership is engaged and supportive is critical to a risk management program’s success. This involves regular updates to the board and senior management, integrating risk management into strategic planning, and establishing clear accountability at the highest level.

  2. Inadequate Risk Assessment and Identification. Implementing robust risk management processes that includes both qualitative and quantitative methods will help lead to a program’s success.  Consistently review and update risk assessments to reflect changing market conditions and internal developments.  Tools such as risk mapping, scenario analysis, and stress testing can help with this process.

  3. Ineffective Communication and Information Sharing.  Fostering a culture of open communication and ensuring that risk information flows freely across the organization is another key element to a successful risk management program. Establish clear reporting lines and use centralized risk management systems to facilitate information sharing and collaboration between departments.

  4. Over-Reliance on Financial Models and Historical Data.  Use financial models as one of several tools in a risk management arsenal, not the sole basis for decision-making.  Compliment quantitative analysis with qualitative insights, expert judgement, and scenario planning. Regularly stress test models against a range of potential future scenarios.

  5. Failure to Adapt and Update the Risk Management Program. Maintaining a dynamic risk management framework that is consistently reviewed and updated is critical.  Stay informed about changes in the external environment and adjust risk management strategies accordingly.  Encourage continuous improvement and learning within the risk management team.

By addressing these potential pitfalls, companies can enhance the effectiveness of their financial risk management program and better safeguard against potential threats to their financial stability. 


Author: John Trefethen, Director and Co-Founder

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Office: 952-746-6040

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