Disabling facilitation of public and private sector corruption through risk management
- Author Dr Modisane
- Published November 2, 2021
- Word count 789
As professionals we should avoid falling prey to public and private sector corruption. Corruption robs both the public and private sector to the extent of eroding our individual professional brand and that of our companies (reputational risk), it undermines the employees of both sectors who are truthfully and impartially committed to their professions.
Corruption is defined as any conduct or behavior in relation to persons in private or public sector entrusted with responsibilities in their office, which contradicts their duties, and which is aimed at obtaining undue benefits of any kind for themselves.
Although most companies and government departments have clearly articulated policies that condemn fraud, bribery, extortion, misappropriation, favoritism, kickbacks and other forms of corruption, these policies don’t seem to be working as intended hence corruption keeps rearing its head.
Corruption inhibits possible foreign investment, stifles economic growth and undermines efforts towards achievement of sustainable development. It further undermines the various layers of controls created by companies, member organizations such as IRMSA, legal and judicial systems. Corrupt individuals and businesses who pay bribes to avoid complying to set rules, laws and regulations continue to benefit unduly by securing tenders, contracts and favours at the expense of those who choose to uphold high ethical values. Many have lost their lives while fighting corruption and people’s lives continue to be threatened where there seems to be pushback. This renders the fight against corruption a more complex one.
Most concerning to risk professionals is that corruption leads to other possible related and unrelated risks materialising. For example, if a private sector service provider pays kickbacks to a government department employee in order to secure a tender to provide a particular service , the service provider may not be able to deliver the service at the required standard or in extreme cases, not deliver the service at all. If the government department was intending to address a particular risk by putting in place controls with this service, it means the risk will highly likely materialise as a result of controls not being applied.
David Lewis, the executive director of Corruption Watch, explains that one of the lessons we have learnt from our country’s recent past is the role played by private-sector companies and professions in facilitating public and private-sector corruption. These include members of the legal and auditing professions, tax advisers and management consultants, and real estate agents. Lewis further explains that the work of their organization as a corruption watchdog going forward will focus increasingly on these identified facilitators of corruption.
To make the risk of corruption prominent in our organizations we need to create scenarios in our risk discussions which demonstrate instances whereby corruption risks can materialise. The jargon used in the scenarios has to be relevant and at the most, be specific to the organization. Where controls don’t work as intended, alternative or a combination of controls should be applied to deal with weaknesses. For example, to mitigate collusion, staff rotation can be used and supplemented with automation of certain processes.
Corruption undermines the efforts of professionals in the private and public sector who live up to their mandate, and as risk professionals we need to protect the controls created through member organizations, watchdog agencies and legal and judicial systems. Risk management can be a useful tool to ensure that these controls are adhered to and where they are inadequate, risk managers must ensure that additional measures are put in place.
One of the benefits of risk management is that when it’s done intelligently, it can contribute immensely towards the eradication of fraud and corruption, create sustainable value as well as protect and enhance reputation. .
In these unprecedented times, the risk manager’s role in the fight to corruption is more important than ever and as a risk professional you need to ask yourself the following questions about your organization. Have you:
• Considered corruption as a potential risk?
• Created scenarios relevant to your organization to demonstrate instances where corruption risks can materialize?
• Does corruption feature in your risk register?
• Are controls applied to deal with weaknesses in implementation of policies to mitigate corruption risks?
• What additional mitigation strategies have you implemented to proactively identify instances whereby individuals in your organization could facilitate private or public sector corruption?
• Are these controls effective enough to disable possible facilitation of corruption?
Annual Report: Corruption Watch, (2019). The Writing is on the wall (Page 13).
Ionescu, L. (2011). Fraud, corruption in the private sector and internal control of quality. Faculty of Financial and Accounting Management. Spiru Haret University, Romania.
Vyas-Doorgapersad, S. (2007). Corruption in the public sector: A comparative analysis. Department of Governance, North West University, South Africa.
IRMSA-Certified Risk Management Practitioner
IRMSA-Certified Risk Management Practitioner
email: email@example.comArticle source: https://articlebiz.com
- Why Businesses Should Invest In Soft Skills Training
- Do You Know How the Perfect Investor for Your Idea Looks Like?
- Cultivating a Culture That Propels Organizational Growth
- The Main Contributors Of Poor Data Integrity – What Can You Do About It?
- Project Management for Developing Countries
- Benefits Of Using LTL Freight Shipping
- 10 Must-Do Steps for Successful Business Planning of Startups
- Should you implement an Employee Assistance Program at your organisation?
- Crisis Management in an Educational Institution After COVID-19: Addressing Difficulties in the Transition to Virtual Education
- SWOT Analysis and 50 Urgent Questions to Ask (Free Checklist)
- The Authentic Manager
- AUDIT SERVICES IN UAE
- 5 Tips to Grow Your Business in 12 Months
- Things That Will Lead Your Small Business A CRA Audit
- How To Calculate And Manage Capacity in an Agile Environment
- 5 Jaw-Dropping Reasons Why MiMETV is the Best Internet Service Provider in Dhaka.
- The role of small and medium enterprises on the country's economy
- 6 Resources for Leadership Development
- 6 Benefits of Doing Business in the United Kingdom
- 9 tips for digital transformation success
- Creating Psychological Safety through structure and human interaction
- Tips for Establishing Trust as a Leader
- Why has Network Security Become Essential for Businesses?
- Active Listening: Do You Listen to Reply or to Understand?
- 5 Ways To Create A Positive Workplace Culture
- 5 Ways You Should Be Using Digital Signage in the Workplace
- Organization Development
- The world is in chaos: How to lead in times of uncertainty?
- 5 Great Ways To Foster A Positive Workplace Culture
- Why I am successful in the male dominated industry of solar