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Good Governance: ERM is everyone’s responsibility


first_imgA study released last year—Risk Management for Nonprofits—raised quite a storm in some circles. While the particular risks faced by the charitable sector are often different than those in the credit union community, the study has, nonetheless, been an effective catalyst for raising awareness about the need to have a board-level conversation about risk and risk management.I’ve mentioned before that we have the good fortune of conducting governance assessments for credit unions throughout the United States. Only about a third of the CU boards we’ve assessed describe their ability to identify risk as “very effective,” and an even smaller group of them say they’re “very effective” at mitigating those risks once they’re identified. From a governance point of view, this is a pretty significant finding. And one that demands attention.For many CUs, discussions of risk begin and end with financial matters—interest rate risk, loan loss risk, fraud risk, etc. But is that enough? Aren’t there other risks that organizations face? And, what is risk, anyway? The authors of the Wyman/SeaChange study define risk as “unexpected events and factors that can have a material impact on an organization’s finances, operations, reputation, viability and ability to pursue its mission.” While the definition comes from a study on the charitable nonprofit sector, we think it’s a pretty good place to start in terms of framing the concept of risk for credit union board and committee members. But, let’s look a bit deeper, as some credit unions have begun to do. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more