PwC: Risk management not delivering value

Risk management is still not delivering the value that it should, despite a
wave of regulatory reforms such as
Basel II and
Sarbanes Oxley, a
new study by PricewaterhouseCoopers in co-operation with the
Economist Intelligence Unit has found.

The firm questioned more than 400 financial services executives and found
that despite considerable investment, risk managers are not very confident that
ongoing efforts are very effective in adding value to the business.

Only 50% of the risk managers in the survey sample believed the function
contributed substantially more value than it did three years ago.

Richard Smith, partner at PwC said: ‘Senior executives concerned with bottom
line performance and brand value are acutely aware of the damage that can be
done, or opportunity lost, if risk is not managed properly. But our study
suggests that it is still under-valued in many ways.’

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