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Background:

Head of Risk Management in £7 billion multinational engineering group.
Over 500 locations in forty countries. Business Units had worked for many years with an insurance and audit approach to risk management.

Needs:

  • To cost-effectively monitor the performance of key risk management issues for operations world-wide and maintain appropriate due diligence.
  • To benchmark performance.
  • To support a move to substantial self-insurance.
  • To support the Corporate Risk Management Department by developing a programme promoting ownership of risk in Business Units.

Solutions We Provided:

  • Devised an Internet-based self-assessment process with separate modules, initially for Safety, Environment, Property Protection and Product Safety. These modules encapsulate company standards and minimum requirements for legislative compliance.
  • For sites with no Internet or inconvenient computer access, hardcopy or diskette versions of the self-assessment questionnaires are available.
  • To ensure the integrity of responses and to assist with due diligence, the self-assessment process is validated by independent sample audits.
  • Programme design including questionnaires and supporting best practice guidance.
  • Design an innovative technology for data collection and communication.

Results:

  • The IT system provides reports to the various stakeholders - from Business Unit Managers to Product Chief Executives.
  • Supports the group policy of continuous improvement.
  • Every location has access to current standards and guidelines. Performance by group, division and location can be viewed on-line or summaries downloaded whenever required.
  • The Board and Executive Management have greater confidence in their due diligence efforts.
  • Cost saving over conventional risk audit systems is in the order of £300,000 per annum.
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