Chain of Responsibility (CoR) road safety laws will be more stringent from 1 October 2018.
Here we analyse the need for better corporate governance in the age of big data through the Facebook scandal
Why does a company need solid governance controls? One need only look at Facebooks stock market value loss in the wake of the social media giant’s recent scandal involving data privacy. In a typical corporation, a $50billion loss of value within a few days would undoubtedly lead to some major changes, and quickly.
Any company that’s been in business for more than a few months can attest to the fact that compliance is not only a big part of being in business, it’s a moving target that almost changes with the seasons. And the last half of 2017 pushed the focus on compliance into high gear with the various scandals and lawsuits that popped up across the landscape.
It might seem counterintuitive, but it’s common knowledge and apparently the natural order of things – technology moves much faster than the rules we set to govern it. Automobiles upset the public at first and caused governments to rethink roads. Airplanes caused governments to address the skies, something they’d never had to do before. Now drones are forcing them to rethink the rules about the sky, and public concerns are putting pressure on those decisions.
The difference between the auditor and compliance officer within organisations is not always clear. There are definitely similarities and the two have common characteristics with some overlap so it is reasonable to confuse the two as almost merging into one another. They must work together in many cases but there are distinct differences. Distinct and important.
At face value, compliance can easily be interpreted as maintaining the status quo, following the rules, and conforming to predetermined and universally accepted norms. And if you choose to believe and adhere to that definition and understanding of the term and the practice, that’s exactly what it will be. But you do have a choice. It’s just like a paraphrase of the old saying: whether you believe that you can or you can’t do something, you’re right.
When a casual observer watches a Formula 1 race, they probably don’t think much about anything beyond the experienced and practiced driver handling a very fast car, the best they can. If they do move any further in their analysis, it would be to understand the importance of speed and precision during a seconds-long pit stop.
A Tale of Two Businesses
Consider the following scenarios. Two retail managers each have a chain of locations they are in charge of, with massive amounts of inventory across each chain. One relies on the store manager at each location to ensure that inventory levels are where they should be. So once per month they get a message from each store manager that essentially says “inventory is still good!”, and they leave it at that.
There are aspects of running a business that are viewed by most as necessary evils, but they can be turned into positives with a change in our viewpoint. Compliance falls into this category more often than not. The cost of compliance can be counted in money, time and
It’s no secret that the world is changing very quickly in the modern digital world, and that fact applies to every aspect of our lives, both individually as well as in the business world. That basic concept is the basis of a great new book called Exponential Organisations by Salim Ismail, which describes how two critical aspects of running a business is leading to exponential growth that is drastically shortening the time from launch to wild success: outsourcing and software.