Business Risk Management Handbook: A Sustainable Approach

  • 14h 23m
  • Adam Rose, Linda S. Spedding
  • Elsevier Science and Technology Books, Inc.
  • 2008

It is now seen as essential that all businesses assess their exposure to business risk especially in relation to value creation. This book explains the practical links between risk management and the impact it has on the value of your business. It offers vital, accessible and timely tools to assist you in making an immediate difference to the core value of your business and thereby satisfy the demands of an ever increasing range of stakeholders.

This book will help you:

  • Discover how risk exposure can have a financial impact on your business
  • Make your business become more sustainable financially, socially and environmentally
  • Learn how to apply knowledge fast with this practical guide to risk management issues

The sustainable approach covered by this book spans business survival to more recent issues, such as the use of energy and natural resources. It highlights the value of a more enlightened approach throughout an organization. In doing so the book explains the practical links between risk management and the impact on value using the Sustainable and Economic Risk Management (SERM) methodology which considers:

  • inherent risk
  • management of risk
  • residual risk exposure.

By exploring the various frameworks that organizations operate in today - whether compulsory, compliance driven, voluntary or motivated by best practice - the book offers a practical tool through the SERM model which is at the heart of the book's approach to risk management. This model, together with its global EFR model, have established proven and practical methodologies to achieve sustainable risk management techniques that are accessible to all organizations.

About the Authors

Dr Linda Spedding holds an LL.B. (Hons), LL.M., Ph.D. She is a Solicitor (England & Wales), and Advocate (India) and an Attorney (USA). Having worked with international law firms, she set up her own practice and remains a consultant to law firms and institutions. Dr. Spedding has authored many articles for professional journals and several books for a professional and business audience, including Due Diligence and Corporate Governance. She has been an international advisor to many commercial and professional bodies both in the private and public sector, including SERM and EFR. She serves on several committees, including the SCI Business Strategy Committee. Dr Spedding is International Sustainability Advisor to the CII and to TERI in India and is as an International Consultant Advisor with the Metropolitan Police Service at New Scotland Yard.

Adam Rose read economic geography at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and holds postgraduate qualifications in Marketing and Management. He has specialised in Risk Management and Socially Responsible Investment research techniques for over 10 years and has built up several research teams (including SERM's). He currently acts as a freelance consultant and Research Advisor for the SERM Rating Agency in London. He has contributed papers to Risk Books and is currently developing training material for the Sustainable Enterprise Risk Management framework.

In this Book

  • Introduction
  • A Sustainable Enterprise Risk Management (SERM) System
  • Drivers and Trends in Sustainability Risk Management
  • Background to Key Aspects of Legal Risk Management
  • The Relevance of Due Diligence
  • Risk and Corporate Organisational Areas: An Overview
  • Economic Crime, Bribery and Corruption
  • Business Interruption and Risk Management
  • Shareholder Value and Reputational Risk
  • Corporate Power, Business and Marketing Risks
  • Information Technology (IT) and E-Commerce: Issues of Risk Management and Corporate Governance
  • Social and Business Ethic Risk Overview
  • Social and Cultural Risk Management
  • Human Resources Risk (Human Rights inside the Workplace)
  • Human Rights Outside the Workplace
  • Health and Safety in the Workplace
  • Health and Safety of Stakeholders and Customers
  • Environmental Risk Management
  • Aspects of Environmental Risk
  • Climate Change – Air Pollution Risk
  • UK Corporate Governance: Reforms in the Wake of Corporate Failures and the Enron Case Study
  • Legal Risk Management in the US – the United States' Response to the Enron Collapse
  • Corporate Responsibility, Corporate Governance and Emerging Jurisdictions
  • Conclusions and Future Trends


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