7 strategies to integrate Risk Management, Supplier Management, and BCP

Susan Green | 21 July 2023

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This blog post is the second in a series designed to help address the requirements of APRA Prudential Standard CPS 230. Today, we cover the "how" of integrating Risk, Supplier, and Business Continuity Management with 7 key strategies.

With the requirements for the upcoming APRA Prudential Standard CPS 230 financial regulation, integrating risk, supplier management, and business continuity management is no longer optional in the Australian financial industry.

This blog post is the second in a series designed to help address the requirements of CPS 230. Find the first post here and learn why integration is so important, along with a dive into each of its three elements.

Last time, we started with a look at the components of this integration (Risk, Business Continuity Management, and Supplier Management) and why integration is so important in today’s business environment.

That covered the ‘what’ and the ‘why’. The next question, of course, is ‘how’? Successfully integrating Risk, Supplier, and Business Continuity Management requires strategic planning and adopting best practices.

Below are 7 key strategies recommended for achieving this integration:

  • Set Clear Objectives: The first step in integration is setting clear, organisation-wide objectives. These objectives should align with the organisation’s mission, vision, and strategic goals and articulate the benefits expected from integration.
  • Develop a Unified Framework: A unified framework for risk, supplier, and business continuity management provides a structure for cross-functional collaboration and decision-making. This framework should outline roles and responsibilities, establish processes for communication and coordination, and create mechanisms for identifying, assessing, and managing risks.
  • Establish Metrics and KPIs: Metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) provide a means of tracking progress towards integration objectives. These metrics should align with the organisation’s strategic goals and reflect the key outcomes expected from successful integration.
  • Prioritise Communication: Communication is crucial to the success of integration efforts. Regular updates, feedback sessions, and open channels for discussion can foster understanding, build trust, and ensure alignment across teams.
  • Foster a Culture of Collaboration: A culture of collaboration encourages teams to work together towards common objectives, promoting cross-functional understanding and shared responsibility for outcomes.
  • Implement Technological Solutions: Technology can facilitate integration by providing platforms for communication, data analysis, and process automation. Technological solutions can provide real-time visibility into risks and supply chain status, supporting effective decision-making and business continuity planning.
  • Embrace Continuous Learning and Improvement: Regular reviews of integration efforts can identify areas for improvement and drive continuous refinement of strategies and processes.

Successful integration requires strategic planning, clear communication, a collaborative culture, and effective use of technology. These strategies should be tailored to each organisation’s unique needs and circumstances, reflecting their strategic goals and operational realities.

In the next instalment in this series, we’ll cover the role of leadership and organisational culture in achieving successful integration.

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