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Including sustainability in the risk framework
By Dr. David Hillson
Sustainability has become increasingly important to organizations across the world in recent years, as both a business objective and a necessary constraint. But what does it mean? And how should it be included in the risk process? Too often we only consider risks that affect time and cost, with the possible addition of performance or quality impacts in some cases. But if risk is "uncertainty that matters," then there are many other things that matter in addition to schedule and budget, especially when we are considering risk outside the project or program context.
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Supply risk management: Mapping results, identifying root causes
Spend Matters
The risks that come from supply decisions are significant and on the rise. To mitigate these risks, it's important to understand where you're exposed and what the potential implications are. The challenge is not only assessing risk for an individual part or service, but also rolling those up to identify compounded risks — at the category, supplier, program and ultimately, the customer level.
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Deep freeze puts $5 billion chill on economy
NBC News
The record cold spell that has half the country in the deep freeze could cost the U.S. economy up to $5 billion. That's because millions of Americans haven't been able to drive to work, fly or take a train to business meetings or vacations, go to the shopping mall or take the children out for a movie and a meal. And they may also have to pay more just to keep warm.
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Era of continual risk assessment
The Wall Street Journal
One of the lessons other corporations can learn from the customer credit card data breach incurred by Target Corp. is the need for a continual risk assessment plan to close any "windows of vulnerability" that may open suddenly between periodically scheduled reviews, says Erik Bataller of risk management consulting company Neohapsis. More aggressive attackers and the rapid changes in the attack environment mean companies need to tighten traditional compliance review timelines to keep up.
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Tech trends in 2013 and New Year predictions
The National Law Review
With the New Year comes added awareness of the hazards social media can present to corporations, the risks of data exchange between business systems and other challenges inherent with technology. Here is a look at the top trends of last year and predictions for the year ahead.
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Extreme weather tests business backup plans
Indianapolis Business Journal
Extreme winter weather tested business contingency plans this week, and power outages were a common setback for people trying to work from home. "It's nice to have this because it tests our systems," said Greg Goelzer, CEO of Goelzer Investment Management. Like all financial advisers, Goelzer is required to have written business continuity and disaster recovery plans. Anticipating the recent snowstorm, Goelzer put office operations staff members in rooms at the Columbia Club on Monument Circle, so they would be within a quick walk to the office.
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Workaholics suffer withdrawal symptoms when cut off from the Internet
Business Insider
A new study suggests workaholics are increasingly logging on after work, becoming addicted to the web and are more likely to suffer from withdrawal symptoms when they switch off. But researchers warned the dangers are being overlooked by companies because those at the most risk are usually the most successful.
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Return of risk to color 2014 market sentiment
Tire Business
Renewed risk appetite will contribute to driving a stronger U.S. economy in 2014, while the U.S. equity market will be challenged to meet the level of actuarial return assumptions for 2014, according to economic and market strategists.

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Bullying, bigotry and a bill to prevent picking on all personnel
In the right setting, high-stress, high-profile workplaces can promote a culture of camaraderie and teamwork while producing positive results. However, big egos also can quickly reign supreme, leaving an environment ripe for intimidation and bullying.

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Business continuity in 2014
Continuity Central
During the last quarter of 2013, Continuity Central conducted an online survey asking business continuity professionals about their expectations for 2014. The survey asked respondents: "What level of changes do you expect to see in the way your organization manages business continuity during 2014?"

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Is severance pay subject to FICA?
Human Resources Executive Online
HR professionals will want to pay close attention when the Supreme Court decides whether severance payments made in connection with a workforce reduction or businesses closing constitute "wages" subject to Federal Insurance Contributions Act or FICA tax. "There's about $1 billion — maybe more — in refunds at stake if the court finds that SUB payments are not subject to FICA tax," says Brian O'Laughlin, senior manager of government relations and multinational certification of the Washington-based American Payroll Association.
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Goldman to JPMorgan say sell emerging markets after 2013 tumble
San Francisco Chronicle
Wall Street's biggest banks say the slump in emerging-market assets that left equities trailing advanced-nation shares by the most since 1998 last year will prove more than a fleeting selloff. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. recommends investors cut allocations in developing nations by a third, forecasting "significant underperformance" for stocks, bonds and currencies over the next 10 years.
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