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Small businesses and the impact of natural disasters
ReadWrite
You would think that after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and last month's brutal East Coast snow storm, more and more people would start to take disaster preparation seriously. While that may be true for "preppers" taking shelter in the event of an impending apocalypse, it's not so much the case for small businesses.
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Worker safety can improve with behavior-based programs
Business Insurance
Behavior-based safety programs can help companies encourage safe behaviors among their employees and reduce workers compensation claim frequency and severity, a behavior expert said at a recent meeting of risk management and safety professionals.
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Keeping up with the future: Risk management for rapid technology adoption
TechNewsWorld
That rumbling you hear? It's the pace of change quickening for organizations thanks to advances in technology. That pace is having an impact on risk profiles; companies no longer have the luxury of time to adapt to new paradigms or threats. Fortunately there are ways to mitigate the changes so that organizations don't have to feel like they're being steamrolled by the future.
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of RiskWire, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of RIMS, your knowledge and experience in the industry can be of great help to your fellow members. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit, and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Green businesses make progress amid challenges
Eco-Business
More companies worldwide are stepping up their environmental efforts, but the impact of their operations on the environment is also growing, says a new report on the state of green businesses. The new 2013 "State of Green Business" report released last week by the GreenBiz Group finds that despite the increasing number of companies engaging in sustainability initiatives, progress has been hindered due to factors such as inefficiency in business operations and erratic weather.
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The smallest businesses face the biggest cyber risks
Small Business Trends
While many of us long for the days when people had real-life conversations rather than truncated text chats, the reality is that the Internet is here to stay. And in the Internet Age, data is king. As a small business owner, you collect customer data every day. And if you're using the Internet, that data — along with all of your company's sensitive information — is vulnerable to attacks. Without the proper safeguards in place, your business could suffer a data breach that exposes sensitive information, disrupts your operations and opens the door to an expensive lawsuit.
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Businesses not prepared for pandemics and other disasters
ScienceDaily
A recent study by Saint Louis University researchers found that majority of businesses are not adequately prepared for many types of disasters, especially biological events such as a pandemic. Findings from this study are particularly timely given that the U.S. is currently in the midst of an influenza outbreak, one of the worst in the decade.
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Uncertainty and risk management: What to do about black swans?
Forbes
We live in an uncertain world. Business practices need to be dialed in to this uncertainty. Many companies have risk management programs which might sound similar, but really address just part of the challenge. The best practices in traditional risk management are vital, Gary Patterson points out in his new book, but they are not enough to protect a company from economic risk. The following is an explanation of risk, uncertainty and business strategy.

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When reporting on risk to the board, skip the PowerPoint
Corporate Counsel
Fifty years ago in Washington D.C., Martin Luther King, Jr. departed from his prepared remarks and delivered a speech that left an indelible mark on the American conscience. No PowerPoint. No technology — just imagery and cadence. He watched his audience, not a screen. In an age where so many of us rely on technology and PowerPoint presentations, the most effective communicators understand that to persuasively present ideas, you have to understand your audience and react to signals sent to the presenter in real time.

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Why knowing the difference between risk management and disaster recovery could save your business one day
Financial Post
With globalization, pervasive technology and the effects of climate change, crisis management has turned into an increasingly complicated and vital conversation at boardroom tables. Tsunamis, pandemics and technology meltdowns have made it abundantly clear that crisis planning has endless facets. But are corporations paying too little — or in some cases too much — attention to their crisis management strategies?

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Settling is not the only way to resolve an employee lawsuit
The New York Times
Many small-business owners respond to employee lawsuits with grudging acceptance that, regardless of whether the company broke any laws, the sooner it pays a plaintiff to go away, the better. As repugnant as this may sound, it is a cost of doing business. That, at least, is one approach.
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Is your social media policy useless?
Harvard Business Review
The headline wasn't exactly subtle: "Even if It Enrages Your Boss, Social Net Speech Is Protected." This New York Times article, which ran a few weeks ago, outlined a series of recent National Labor Relations Board rulings that analyzed employee firings in the wake of potentially-damaging Facebook posts. Centered around a case involving the nonprofit organization Hispanics United of Buffalo, the Board ruled that the group was unlawful in terminating five workers after another employee alleged harassment. So the boundaries are a little clearer now, right? Not exactly.
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Getting the most out of a GRC platform
Dark Reading
Conference track sessions and talking heads may tout the importance of instituting technology-backed governance, risk and compliance processes that integrate the "G," "R" and "C" together. But the truth is that when the rubber meets the road, most organizations still only use GRC platforms for a single domain. In order to get the most out of their GRC technology and their risk management programs, organizations still have a lot of work to go in developing more comprehensive and harmonized risk measurable, and brining IT risk professionals together with enterprise risk stakeholders to ensure the whole team is on the same page.
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Nationwide Mutual brings 3rd catastrophe bond to market
Reuters
U.S. insurer Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company is seeking to raise $200 million protection for hurricanes and earthquakes in the United States by selling a catastrophe bond through Cayman Islands-based vehicle Caelus Re. Standard & Poor's assigned a BB- rating to the notes to be issued by Caelus Re 2013 Ltd, the credit rating agency said.
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Plan for succession for success when you're gone
BusinessDay
Planning is crucial for anyone in business. And yet a written succession plan that outlines how a business would continue if management could no longer run the business isn't always a priority. Research undertaken by Melbourne's Cameron Research Group in 2010 found that of those who intended to sell their business in the following five years 32 percent had given no thought to a succession plan and just 12 percent have a documented succession plan in place.
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