Risk Management Roundtable 2013

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The combination of increasingly globalised supply chains and tighter margins, has seen risk management move to the forefront of many business strategies. Companies are more vulnerable than ever before and lack the funds to put in place multiple mitigation initiatives. In this context, the scope for error has been dramatically reduced. This situation was recently highlighted by events such as …

Balancing risk management with growth

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Today’s CFOs find themselves in a position where they have to guard against an increasing number of threats, whilst driving business growth. The challenge for finance leaders is to successfully mitigate threats and ensure that tighter margins do not translate into a lack of preparedness. Predicting Black Swans Speaking on the issues which are currently affecting the oil business, Julian …

Risk optimisation

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Risk plays an inherent role in the development of any leading business. This is particularly true in the current economic climate, where the most successful companies are often those which effectively manage risk. As the economy becomes increasingly globalised, companies are finding themselves exposed to more risks. Tighter margins and lean, extended supply chains have further magnified the potential effects …

Investing in supply chain

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An uncertain economic climate has resulted in businesses focusing heavily on reducing costs, often at the detriment of risk and supply management. Is now the time to begin investing the trend? Companies which make the shift away from short term cost reduction tactics can secure important supply inputs before suppliers begin to see the change in market dynamics. Those who …

Minimising supply risk

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Given volatile supply chains, commodity prices and currency rates, how are CFOs protecting revenues and profits? On Christmas Eve 2008, Zavvi, Britain’s largest independent music retailer, went bust. But this wasn’t a failure of falling sales and missing profits, indeed revenue was up 10% earlier in the year despite the recession. No, Zavvi went into administration due to a lack …