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3.5 Antidotes to behavioural issues

To conclude this review of the matters that need examining in an audit of risk management systems have a look at this list of recommendations for controlling (and hopefully containing) the potential adverse impact of behavioural issues.

  • Learning from history.
  • Reporting incidents.
  • Incentives – for example, personal objectives regarding ethics and compliance, or rewards to whistle-blowers who identify frauds. These are common in the US with the whistle-blower receiving a proportion of any fine subsequently handed down.
  • Incentive system designed to remove conflicts (e.g. production rate v. quality rate, sales targets v. bribery).
  • Not doing risk reviews in a group but in independent one-to-one sessions.
  • Reviews and assurance conducted by third parties (and without notice).
  • UK government approach to horizon scanning and risk assessment (futures toolkit).