Effective risk culture starts at the top. Everyone is required to make it successful

CW2024 risk culture

The key to promoting a strong risk culture within your organization is to tie risk to strategy, which engages the board and C-suite.

Follow up high-level engagement on risk management topics with effective and targeted training for all employees. Lastly, build a strong speak-up culture that encourages employees to report when things go wrong.

There is no magic wand compliance professionals can wave to accomplish these goals, panelists discussed at Compliance Week’s National Conference in Washington, D.C. Success in promoting a strong risk culture is based on trust built up over time, regular and effective communication to reinforce the message, and standing up to solve risk management deficiencies when they are pointed out by employees.

Risk management and corporate strategy should not run on parallel tracks but instead should be joined together in the minds of executives, said Joe Pugh, senior director, enterprise risk management and compliance at nonprofit interest group AARP.

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