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Not seeing risks
October 2011

One of the biggest risks that audit committees and boards face is the risk of not seeing the threats in front of them until it is too late, according to an ECIIA paper.

The oversight role of the audit committee includes asking management the right questions to be assured that risk management processes and internal control systems have been fully considered in the strategic and business planning processes and operations, says the paper.

Insight and Oversight: Guidance for Audit Committees on Governance Oversight, poses a series of questions to help Board members and Audit Committees reflect upon their oversight roles.

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Internal audit should provide “overall assurance” in EU governance
July 2011

Internal audit’s role is to provide overall assurance within the European Union’s corporate governance framework, the ECIIA says in its response to the EU Green Paper on the subject.

It argues that this is in line with the recommendations of the Basel Committee and with existing best practice among all types of businesses.

Internal audit should “be fully taken advantage of in order to monitor potential conflicts of interest or inconsistences or inefficiencies between control functions such as risk management or compliance and operational units,” it says in its response.

Given the wide variety of methods available for managing risk, the ECIIA says that it would be useful for the EU to recommend companies to adopt a suitable one and disclose to shareholders the framework they had chosen. It said methods such as those put forward by the Committee of Sponsoring Organisations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) were well known and understood.

The Confederation also says in its response that the Three Lines of Defense model of corporate governance provided the best explanation of the risk management and assurance responsibilities of management, risk and internal audit.

Click here for a copy of the response.

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