Recent regulatory enactments have altered the corporate governance landscape. Organizations are held accountable for accuracy and integrity in their business operations, and they must have effective and reliable governance and compliance procedures in place.
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Internal audit is on a continual quest to strike a balance in all aspects of its operations, from reporting relationships to how it divides its audit focus and how it staffs its team. The 2012 Grant Thornton LLP Chief Audit Executive Survey sheds some light on how they are responding to challenges in these areas while ensuring independence, objectivity and performance excellence.
Compliance continues to be an important consideration in an organization’s overall risk profile. But organizations can plan for compliance mandates so that they’re able to satisfy requirements in a more efficient and economical way and gain greater peace of mind. They can streamline their efforts with a “one-to-many” approach — that is, adopt a mindset and process by which an organization can test once and comply multiple times with various mandates. Having a proactive method helps prepare for whatever regulatory change lies ahead.
The reliance on third parties has become a business reality in today’s highly competitive environment. As more companies outsource significant and critical business functions, they’re relinquishing more of their control environment to others. They need to have a consistent and comprehensive process for evaluating and mitigating the risks inherent in these relationships, preferably as part of the ongoing internal audit risk universe and risk management initiatives.