Guide destiné à mieux évaluer les risques

Voici un article très intéressant sur l’évaluation des risques publié par H. Glen Jenkinset paru dans Inside Counsel (IC) Magazine.

Il s’agit d’un bref exposé sur la notion de risques organisationnels et sur les principaux éléments qu’il faut considérer afin d’en faire une gestion efficace.

Je vous invite à prendre connaissance des autres publications sur le site de IC, notamment Evaluating and managing litigation risk.

Bonne lecture !

Risk assessment: A primer for corporate counsel

The scope of legal responsibilities for in-house counsel varies depending on the size and complexity of the company. For instance, an attorney located at corporate headquarters could be chiefly responsible for issues affecting the shared services that are available and used by corporate headquarters, as well as every business unit and division. And yet at other times, in-house counsel’s concerns may be restricted to matters affecting only the parent company or a specific liability issue faced by only one business unit.

risk management flow chart concept handwritten by businessmanIn each instance, however, in-house counsel are generally concerned with specific legal tasks and proactive risk management.

What exactly does risk management mean, and what does it encompass? Furthermore, once the definition of risk management has been established and accepted by the company’s management team, how can in-house counsel efficiently and comprehensively assess all possible risks?

Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines risk as “the possibility that something bad or unpleasant will happen.” Whenever many of us in the accounting and legal profession hear the word “risk,” we inherently may succumb to the aforementioned particular negative connotation of risk. How many times have we heard the phrase, “Risk is a part of life,’ and how often have we associated those five words with an undesirable implication?”


Alternatively, A Positive View of Risk

Taking risks does not always have to be painstakingly negative. It is unlikely that many will disagree with the Institute of Risk Management’s (IRM) assertion that “avoiding all risk would result in no achievement, no progress and no reward.” This statement undoubtedly portrays a different perspective of risk, indicating the potential of a positive outcome.

IRM goes on to define risk as “the combination of the probability of an event and its consequence. Consequences can range from positive and negative.”

Therein lies the basic premise of risk management. If the consequences of risk can be both positive and negative, it would seem only prudent to try and effectively manage risk to have the highest probability of a positive outcome.

Applying IRM’s definition of risk, together with the premise that avoiding all risk would result in no achievement, no progress and no reward, we intrinsically recognize that not all risks are bad and not all risks are to be avoided.

Over the course of three successive articles on risk, we will take a closer look at how in-house counsel works with internal and external resources to help identify, evaluate and categorize risk.

 Risk Assessment: The Starting Point for Successful Risk Management

Risk assessment is the identification, analysis and evaluation of risks involved in a given situation. Risk assessment also implies a comparison against benchmarks or standards, and the determination of an acceptable level of risk. The evaluation of risks should also provide management with a remediation or control for the identified hazard.

The word “risk” alone without any context is a vague and ill-defined term. There is safety risk, country risk, political risk, health risk and the ongoing list is virtually boundless and it is next to impossible to comprehensively assess all possible risks.

According to Tori Silas, privacy officer and senior counsel with Cox Enterprises, Inc., Cox uses the external resources of multinational accounting and advisory companies to assist with its risk assessments. Using best practices they have developed by analyzing business processes and assessing risk for companies on a global level, these organizations assist in the identification of risks in particular areas of the business, and provide a framework within which to rate risks and prioritize remediation efforts associated with those risks.

Assessment Begins with Knowing Who Decides Acceptable Levels of Risk

As an example of financial risk, according to a Tulane University study, the chances of getting hit by an asteroid or comet are 1,000 times greater than winning a jackpot mega millions lottery. Yet, some have accepted that level of risk and will habitually trade their money to play the lottery rather than investing their money or capital in an endeavor that has a much higher probability of building wealth. Whether right or wrong, a good or bad decision, those who make the choice of playing the lottery have intrinsically accepted the financial risk of losing their money in lieu of the near impossible odds to reap a grand reward.

No matter our opinion of playing the lottery, I think we would all agree that it would be highly unlikely to find a pragmatic business executive allotting some portion the company’s wealth and assets to invest in lottery tickets. But why not? Who decides the parameters of acceptable levels of risk for a business and against what benchmarks are those decisions made?

The business owners, board of directors and executive management define the business objectives, and establish the risk appetite and risk tolerances that are to be contemplated on an overall basis by management when making decisions and evaluating options and alternatives. Together they establish a system of rules, practices and processes by which their company is directed and controlled. This concept is often referred to as corporate governance. Businesses of all sizes embrace this concept, but small businesses may cloak this concept within the singular frame of mind of its ownership’s values, ideologies, philosophies, beliefs and individual business principles.

As the privacy officer for Cox Enterprises, Silas strives to make certain the employees of their consumer facing companies are aware of Cox’s obligations regarding data privacy and that they are appropriately trained to identify and mitigate risk related to and to protect any private consumer data they may have collected.

Corporate Governance

Since the purpose of a risk assessment is the identification, analysis, and evaluation of risks that could adversely impact the business meeting its objectives, the process of conducting a risk assessment should be integrated into existing management processes. According to Silas, Cox Enterprises also utilizes its own internal audit services department to examine functional processes and identify opportunities to strengthen controls and mitigate risks. It is recommended that risk assessments should be conducted using a top-down approach beginning with the top level of the company and filtering its way down through each division and business unit.

For example, a company may have three divisions: manufacturing, marketing and finance. Each of those divisions may operate in four global sectors. Using a top-down approach the three top divisions would conduct a risk assessment and each subdivision that is located in each global sector would conduct their own risk assessment. The top-down approach would then be complimented by bottom-up process where the risk assessments are sent up the business chain, gathered and compiled into an integrated risk assessment matrix.

Ten Tips for Conducting an Effective Risk Assessment

In quick summary, here are ten additional tips for conducting an effective risk assessment:

  1. Create, plan and conduct a formal risk assessment;
  2. Define the context and objectives of the risk assessment;
  3. Define and understand the organizations acceptable risk tolerance;
  4. Bring together the best team to conduct the risk assessment;
  5. Employ the best risk assessment techniques for the situation;
  6. Understand control measures to mitigate risk;
  7. Be objective and impartial conducting the risk assessment;
  8. Identify the environment that is conducive to risks;
  9. Identify who could be harmed; and
  10. Review, revisit and re-perform the risk assessment.

Auteur : Gouvernance des entreprises | Jacques Grisé

Ce blogue fait l’inventaire des documents les plus pertinents et récents en gouvernance des entreprises. La sélection des billets, « posts », est le résultat d’une veille assidue des articles de revue, des blogues et sites web dans le domaine de la gouvernance, des publications scientifiques et professionnelles, des études et autres rapports portant sur la gouvernance des sociétés, au Canada et dans d’autres pays, notamment aux États-Unis, au Royaume-Uni, en France, en Europe, et en Australie. Chaque jour, je fais un choix parmi l’ensemble des publications récentes et pertinentes et je commente brièvement la publication. L’objectif de ce blogue est d’être la référence en matière de documentation en gouvernance dans le monde francophone, en fournissant au lecteur une mine de renseignements récents (les billets quotidiens) ainsi qu’un outil de recherche simple et facile à utiliser pour répertorier les publications en fonction des catégories les plus pertinentes. Jacques Grisé est professeur titulaire retraité (associé) du département de management de la Faculté des sciences de l’administration de l’Université Laval. Il est détenteur d’un Ph.D. de la Ivy Business School (University of Western Ontario), d’une Licence spécialisée en administration des entreprises (Université de Louvain en Belgique) et d’un B.Sc.Comm. (HEC, Montréal). En 1993, il a effectué des études post-doctorales à l’University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C. dans le cadre du Faculty Development in International Business Program. Il a été directeur des programmes de formation en gouvernance du Collège des administrateurs de sociétés (CAS) de 2006 à 2012. Il est maintenant collaborateur spécial au CAS. Il a été président de l’ordre des administrateurs agréés du Québec de 2015 à 2017. Jacques Grisé a été activement impliqué dans diverses organisations et a été membre de plusieurs comités et conseils d'administration reliés à ses fonctions : Professeur de management de l'Université Laval (depuis 1968), Directeur du département de management (13 ans), Directeur d'ensemble des programmes de premier cycle en administration (6 ans), Maire de la Municipalité de Ste-Pétronille, I.O. (1993-2009), Préfet adjoint de la MRC l’Île d’Orléans (1996-2009). Il est présentement impliqué dans les organismes suivants : membre de l'Ordre des administrateurs agréés du Québec (OAAQ), membre du Comité des Prix et Distinctions de l'Université Laval. Il préside les organisations suivantes : Société Musique de chambre à Ste-Pétronille Inc. (depuis 1989), Groupe Sommet Inc. (depuis 1986), Coopérative de solidarité de Services à domicile Orléans (depuis 2019) Jacques Grisé possède également une expérience de 3 ans en gestion internationale, ayant agi comme directeur de projet en Algérie et aux Philippines de 1977-1980 (dans le cadre d'un congé sans solde de l'Université Laval). Il est le Lauréat 2007 du Prix Mérite du Conseil interprofessionnel du Québec (CIQ) et Fellow Adm.A. En 2012, il reçoit la distinction Hommage aux Bâtisseurs du CAS. En 2019, il reçoit la médaille de l’assemblée nationale. Spécialités : Le professeur Grisé est l'auteur d’une soixantaine d’articles à caractère scientifique ou professionnel. Ses intérêts de recherche touchent principalement la gouvernance des sociétés, les comportements dans les organisations, la gestion des ressources humaines, les stratégies de changement organisationnel, le processus de consultation, le design organisationnel, la gestion de programmes de formation, notamment ceux destinés à des hauts dirigeants et à des membres de conseil d'administration.

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