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Survey reveals a surge in corporate sustainability reporting
For the past 20 years, international accounting firm KPMG has been tracking the evolution of corporate sustainability reports. Recently, it revealed that a large majority of the world's biggest companies now produce the reports. Of the world's largest 250 companies, 93 percent publish the annual reports — an impressive figure. While in the past, climate change and other environmental issues were cited as "risks" to corporate performance, now they are about equal with "opportunities." According to KPMG, 80 percent report that they have a strategy to manage risks and opportunities.
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Businesses embrace disaster recovery plans
The majority of organizations have implemented disaster recovery and business continuity plans. This was one of the biggest findings from the recent ITWeb/ContinuitySA Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Survey, which set out to determine if disaster recovery and business continuity are a priority for South African organizations, and whether businesses are sufficiently prepared for such an eventuality.
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Managing the risk of disruption in your supply chain
Supply & Demand Chain Executive
Chief financial officers know that supply chain performance has a direct impact on the bottom line. From balancing supply with demand to managing availability of inventory to managing a global distribution network, even the slightest miscalculation or interruption can be the deciding factor in announcing a profitable or unprofitable quarter. Supply chain management, and specifically, supply chain risk management, is a strategic imperative for CFOs due to new and complex challenges in today’s global marketplace.
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5 tips for successful performance evaluations
By D. Albert Brannen
Performance evaluation programs can be immensely beneficial to employers. They can help management improve employee performance and adjust staff expectations. However, if done improperly, performance evaluations can create more legal liability than they help to avoid. This article lists five critical tips for making sure your performance evaluation system is on the right track.
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2013 was the year of fewer risks for small business owners
Small business owners are feeling far more optimistic than they were a year ago, but they're still holding off on taking major risks. That's the key finding to The Hartford's annual Small Business Success Study. Overall, 48 percent of companies say they are optimistic that the economy will improve in the next year. While not a majority, that's up big time from 33 percent a year ago.
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Corporate finance can restore crisis damaged reputation
The failings of corporate finance have led to growing concerns about the state of corporate balance sheets. As more people begin to question what finance managers do, Chief Financial Officers must be prepared to explain themselves. Stakeholders are looking for assurances that lessons have been learned from the global economic crisis and that past activities will not repeat themselves, bringing any more unpleasant surprises. To get corporate finance back to where it belongs, there are three principles that finance sector professionals must adopt: clarity, vision and caution.
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Stress and the leadership factor
Human Resource Executive Online
The obsessive focus on short-term results has led to unhealthy workplaces led by emotionally unhealthy people. In such an environment, even the best-designed health-and-wellness programs won't be effective. Are leaders who neglect their own emotional health be partly responsible for increasing stress in the workplace? Stress is the No. 1 workforce risk issue, according to New York-based Towers Watson, ranking above obesity and physical inactivity. Yet only 15 percent of employers identify improving the emotional and mental health of employees as a top priority.
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The top 5 emerging risks in 2013
Corporate Compliance Insights
Companies that fail to proactively identify and prepare for these risks can easily be caught off guard, often exacerbating the financial impact and lengthening the time required to address and mitigate the risk.

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The 5 sure-fire ways to get sued for your holiday party
HR Morning
It's nearly the end of the year, so better start planning your awesome holiday party — and the legal team you may need to field afterward.

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What's your event risk factor? Do the math
When it comes to incentive events, everyone in the delivery chain bears responsibility for risk management. But there are different levels of severity when it comes to risk.

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Aggregation vs. aggravation
While firms have spent the post-crisis period restructuring their operations and coping with myriad regulatory changes, there is a heightened danger of the good work achieved so far being unwound by a lack of visibility over their operations, which begs the question: is it too much aggravation to undertake data aggregation? Enterprise-wide data and risk management endows financial institutions with the tools to join up processes and elevate visibility of risk exposures across trading operations.
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The 6 trends of cyber risk in 2014
All signs point to 2014 being a "critical year for companies to better prepare to respond to security incident and data breaches," warns Experian in its latest report on the future of cyber risk. Malware and hacking attacks jumped by 20 percent and 31 percent, respectively, from 2010 to 2011, but fell by nearly 30 percent in both categories in 2012, reports Verizon. However, 2013 has seen its share of high-profile companies falling to subtle hacking techniques, as well.
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