While most organizations understand the value and necessity of risk oversight, banks boards face a pressure which is unique to most other industries. The worst-case scenario in failing to monitor and mitigate risk is always devastating, but unlike other organizations, banks are also burdened with their depositor’s financial well-being. Let’s take a closer look at how banks are handling their risk oversight and what they could be doing better.Continue reading
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Board Membership 101: Risk Management
According to PwC, risk management includes “the identification, assessment, and prioritization of risks and the application of resources to minimize, control, and mitigate the impact of unfortunate events on a business.
It is the job of a board to oversee that their management teams have adequate risk management policies and procedures in place.”
Overseeing risk isn’t a job that falls solely on outside directors, though. According to the Harvard Law School Forum, internal executives are expected to handle the day-to-day risks of their business operations, but directors should, “through their risk oversight role, satisfy themselves that the risk management policies and procedures designed and implemented by the company’s senior executives and risk managers are consistent with the company’s strategy and risk appetite.”
In other words, it’s the job of the board to ensure that the CEO and senior executives are completely engaged in systematic risk management behaviors.