The Global Financial Crisis Of The Treadway Commission ( Coso )

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The business environment is constantly changing; it is unpredictable, extremely volatile and complex. This makes businesses exposed to risk because of the nature of the environment. It is therefore important for businesses to make strategic decisions on how to either reduce or make the effect of the risk less severe as much as possible. Businesses have to identify and manage their risks to ensure their success and continuation. According to the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO), “Uncertainties present both risks and opportunities, with potential to erode or enhance value. Risk management is an increasingly important business driver and stakeholders have become much more concerned about risk. The 2008–2009 global financial crisis and the rapidly deteriorating global economy has created a context in which companies now face risks that are more complex, more interconnected, and potentially more devastating than ever before. Failure to adequately acknowledge and effectively manage risks associated with decisions being made throughout the organization can and often do lead to potentially catastrophic results. Risk may be a driver of strategic decisions, it may be a cause of uncertainty in the organization or it may simply be embedded in the activities of the organization. A good Risk Management program means that the company is able, first of all to identify, then to measure risks, to project, to set limits and to keep losses

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