SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

Aberdeen Group

October 19, 2010 11:00 ET

Economic Uncertainty Drives Enterprise Risk Management Activity

Formal Risk Assessments Lead to Transparency and Improved Risk Detection

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - October 19, 2010) -  Recent economic uncertainty has become a key driver for risk management, according to The Executive Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Agenda, a new report from Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS). The volatility impacting industries around the world has challenged companies to more effectively identify risks, eliminate exposure, and implement processes aligning risk management with compliance and governance. In a survey of over 210 companies worldwide, Aberdeen research finds that top performing companies are 83% more likely to be able to clearly assess the status of existing risk and 71% more likely to have transparency and clear communication of risk information, thereby building a risk-aware culture.

"With today's increased consumer and governmental scrutiny, companies must be aware of events that directly impact their brand image and their competitive position. By integrating risk information into strategic planning, capital allocation, core decision-making and performance management, top performers gained a 17% improvement in effectiveness of risk detection and assessment year over year: 7% higher than all other companies," said David Hatch, senior vice president and general manager of Aberdeen Group's research operations.

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