Risk Management and How It Can Generate Real Value for Companies

Risk management helps a company's management handle uncertainties, both the associated risks and opportunities. This way, businesses can make the most of chances to create value. Best results are achieved when management comes up with a smart strategy and goals to find the right balance between growing the company and managing the associated risks. In addition, resources should be used wisely to maximize efficiency and reach the company's goals reliably.

Established Risk Management Processes Help Companies Achieve the Objectives that Drive Success

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Aligning Goals with the Risk Appetite
Risk management considers the amount of risk the company is willing to take when setting strategic goals and finding ways to manage the associated risks.

Making Well-Founded Decisions
Risk management helps to identify risks precisely and to take the appropriate measures to deal with them: risk avoidance, mitigation, sharing, or acceptance.

Reducing Losses
Organizations can identify potential events earlier and plan how to respond to them in advance. This minimizes surprises and reduces the associated costs and losses.

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Managing Comprehensive Risks
Every organization faces a variety of risks that affect different business areas. Risk management allows targeted measures to be taken to counteract these overriding risks.

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Utilizing Opportunities
By considering a range of potential risk scenarios, the organization's management is able to identify opportunities and use them proactively.

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Improving Use of Capital
By receiving extensive and reliable risk information, management can better assess overall capital needs and thus improve the allocation of capital.

Tips for Successful Risk Management Implementation

When introducing risk management (aka Enterprise Risk Management or ERM), it is crucial to consider important challenges from the very beginning to ensure success. This involves meeting the expectations of leadership while also getting the teams on the frontline (1st Line of Defense) involved. The goal is to make ERM not just a task, but a tool that genuinely benefits the company.

This also plays a decisive role in the context of the ongoing improvement of risk management. When management and the 1st Line of Defense actively show commitment and participate in the process, only the sky is the limit. Additionally, to maintain a clear and organized approach, it is vital to implement the established risk management framework consistently throughout the company - regardless of different company cultures and sizes.

Do I Need a Dedicated Risk Management Solution?

To start off with ERM, Excel solutions can be used initially. But as soon as the processes become larger and more complex, this method becomes cumbersome and extremely error-prone. A professional risk management tool, on the other hand, helps avoid repeating work, saves time, and provides insightful reports that are a real value-add to the company, supporting management in its strategic decision-making.

By bringing in a comprehensive risk management tool like BIC GRC, you can set the course for efficient and forward-looking corporate management:

  • Perform effective risk management within the framework of a comprehensive GRC (Governance, Risk, and Compliance) concept
  • Save valuable time with ready-made workflows and automated generation of reports for each quarter and year
  • Evaluate entire risk scenarios and their consequences with ease, using built-in simulation functions
  • Document incidents of loss directly in the tool and let it automatically calculate net risks for you
  • Adjust rating scales and risk types in the GRC software as needed to ensure the tool suits your company's processes and needs
  • Integrate various risk managers at different business locations without a hitch

Benefits of a Dedicated Risk Management Software

For a solid and lasting risk management strategy in your company, it is advisable to choose a reliable and mature risk management software. This software can mirror your current processes and give you a method that matches today's standards, like ISO. Here is what you gain:

  • Transparent representation of all risk management processes involved
  • Audit-proof mapping of all processes
  • Automatic logging of all changes made by users
  • Precise representation of the risk situation in the desired level of detail
  • Fast access to necessary information for audits and certifications
  • Valuable time savings thanks to pre-set workflows

Modern risk management brings together skills, methods, processes, and tools. This lets organizations meet their goals reliably and handle uncertainties with confidence.

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The Significance of Risk Management Has Grown Dramatically in Recent Years

With the world getting more connected, markets opening up, and cost pressures growing, many companies have come to realize that they need structured risk management. But risk management is not only a matter of personal preference; legal compliance demands it. Here are a few examples:

  • Compliance with legal requirements such as BilMoG, KonTraG (D), OR (CH), and URÄG (AT)
  • Equity regulations for banks (Basel II) with guidelines for credit assessments and lending processes
  • Rules for corporate governance in companies (like the German Corporate Governance Code (DCGK))
  • Audit of the early risk warning system according to IDW PS 340 (German auditing standard from the Institute of Public Accountants)

To meet both legal and internal company requirements, it is not sufficient to look at individual risks one by one. A better way is to opt for an integrated approach that lets you look at risks in a bigger picture, incorporating risk management into overall company management and keeping in line with company objectives.

This is where a risk-based approach comes in: This approach should be firmly woven into the organization through risk management software and become an integral part of the company's way of doing things. Getting employees on board is key here – their involvement ensures that the evolving risk management processes are put into real action.

An Integrated Approach to Risk Management Releases New Potential to Add Value

To effectively handle the wide-ranging demands of risk management, it is crucial to have a well-rounded strategy deeply rooted in the company's culture. While this might sound like common sense, many companies still use disjointed solutions, making it difficult to have a complete view of all relevant risks and hindering the efficient management of compliance and operational risks.

In contrast, an integrated approach bridges the gap between compliance and risk management, streamlining tasks and providing management with a comprehensive perspective. Modern risk management, backed by appropriate software, empowers companies to develop strategies for increased profits and value. Risks are no longer just seen as threats but also as potential opportunities for strategic growth. When using a risk management solution, the process generally involves the following steps:

01 Risk Identification
In this initial step, corporate risks are identified and categorized, and responsibility is assigned to designated risk owners.

02 Risk Assessment
The qualitative and quantitative assessment of risks and opportunities, including their potential damage and likelihood, is conducted following consistent standards.

03 Risk Treatment
Now, appropriate measures are identified, including avoidance, mitigation, acceptance, or offloading (e.g., through insurance or partnerships) of risks.

04 Risk Communication
This is followed by internal and external risk reporting, detailing top risks, proposed measures, and plans for effectiveness reviews.

05 Measure Control
The next step involves checking the effectiveness of the measures, evaluating their impact and timeliness in risk treatment.

06 Risk Monitoring
Risks are monitored over time, leading to a lasting and continuous improvement in the company’s overall risk situation.

Which Risk Management Software Is Right for Me?

Whether you prefer a custom design or pre-built solution, GBTEC offers the right software for your needs.
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BIC Custom GRC

BIC Custom GRC offers flexible custom solutions that can be tailored to your unique processes.

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BIC Enterprise Risk

BIC Enterprise Risk is our intuitive standardized solution that meets common standards and is easy to implement. 

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