Cleveland - The Compliance Consortium, an international membership organization formed in June 2004 to promote effective governance, risk and compliance management (GRC), has published its operational approach for managing GRC requirements within the enterprise. Applicable to both public and private companies, the framework is designed to assist senior management and boards of directors in setting objectives for managing a wide range of compliance-related activities and instituting the programs needed to attain those objectives. This initial version is a "public draft" and is intended to invite constructive criticism and ultimately to build a broad consensus within the hundreds of companies that have registered as part of The Compliance Consortium community over the past year. Leveraging the guidelines set forth by the U.S. Sentencing Commission, the Consortium has defined seven operational concerns to serve as a framework for organizing and managing GRC operations. These range from clearly assigning responsibilities at all levels of the organization to establishing incentives and discipline to promote compliance The Consortium has developed a list of 12 questions that board members and senior management should ask to help ensure organizations are on track with their GRC objectives."Unquestionably, the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act has increased the focus for public companies on the areas of corporate governance, risk management and compliance," says Ted Frank, chairman of the Compliance Consortium advisory committee and president of Axentis. "It's important to remember that, for many companies, Sarbanes-Oxley is just one of hundreds of mandates from the SEC, FDA and other regulatory bodies that they must manage. Our goal with the creation of this framework is to help all organizations define, execute and ultimately profit from low risk and efficient governance, risk and compliance management, regardless of the specific regulation or statute."
"A well-defined set of organizing principles for good governance, risk and compliance is an essential ingredient to a successful recipe for actualizing specific principles into the practices of everyday business," says Scott Mitchell, president and CEO of Open Compliance and Ethics Group (OCEG). "The Compliance Consortium has made a useful contribution in support of OCEG's mission - to help organizations align their GRC activities to drive business performance and promote integrity."Source: The Compliance Consortium
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