Quality control assurance processes are put in place for good reasons, and often those reasons have to do with public safety issues or health guidelines. The Volkswagen scandal not long ago saw the auto giant skirting and even completely ignoring emissions standards for the sake of expediency and profits, and they were heavily fined for…Details
We’ve talked before about the benefits of being proactive versus reactive. Being proactive is more beneficial than being reactive in every aspect of life, whether in business, sports, or just everyday life. A task as simple as crossing a street can illustrate this point: be proactive by looking both ways ahead of time and avoiding…Details
With GDPR now in full effect, many companies are scrambling to navigate issues the regulations have created for them, and one question is now being more pointedly discussed by many globally: is prescriptive or performance-based regulation better, specifically where personal data is concerned? The Prescriptive Approach The US and Australia both have a more prescriptive…Details
Chain of Responsibility (CoR) road safety laws will be more stringent from 1 October 2018, affecting all parties in the container transport logistics chain. Meanwhile, rising costs and container trade growth demand continued productivity and business improvements. Safety and productivity are shared concerns between transport operators, stevedores, importers & exporters, freight forwarders, empty container parks…Details
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. Zuckerberg seemed…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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.…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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 resources, and these costs can be viewed…Details
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…Details
Work Health and Safety procedures that are designed to comply with WHS regulations aren’t optional. If you have a conscience and care about the health and safety of your employees, then this article is for you.
Compliance problems can bring down a business almost as quickly and completely as the controlled demolition of a building, leaving nothing but rubble and destruction behind. This might sound overly dramatic, but it’s essentially true. Compliance regulations come from government, licensing organisations, industry associations, and other bodies which can directly control the way your business…Details
Regulatory compliance is an ever-growing and evolving landscape that must be navigated. It’s not optional. We don’t have the choice to stay in our own space and ignore what’s going on throughout that landscape, we have to keep moving through it.Details
For independent auditors and compliance consultants, taking on larger volumes of work can be difficult without the right people and processes to make it work. In a competitive environment, establishing a niche client base that can trust your services is essential.Details
Peak bodies and industry associations are facing ever-changing and demanding compliance responsibilities. New laws, codes and regulations are making the compliance landscape ever more complex. Jurisdictions and mandatory inspection schedules are also increasing, adding pressure on already limited compliance resources.Details
With business moving faster than ever in our digital age, disruptive companies and industries are offering consumers new and exciting options that have never been available before. At the same time, they are causing headaches for governments and regulatory bodies since legislation and regulations can’t seem to keep up with the speed of the changes. With regulations uncertain, compliance becomes a nebulous situation.Details
On June 21, a bus carrying passengers from a P&O cruise ship on an excursion in Vanuatu crashed into a local bus, injuring 12 of the Australian vacationers and killing 3 locals. According to at least one law firm, the cruise passengers are in a strong position to sue, which could result in P&O having to pay out a “considerable sum”. Apparently P&O had the passengers sign legal waivers which attempted to limit the liability of the cruise line for actions of their agents onshore, something which is reportedly unenforceable under the Australian Consumer Law..Details
Your supply chain is essentially a set of successive contractual arrangements designed to provide you with goods and services that you either use internally or pass on to your customers. This is typically a controlled process, best described as a network with contract conditions and oversight so that your organisation can retain control over the quality of the product you are sourcing.Details
The Brexit Aftermath: Why Identifying And Managing Supply Chain Risk Is More Important Than Ever For Exporters
If you’re an exporter, last week’s shock result in the UK’s ‘Brexit’ referendum has thrown the importance of supply chain management into the spotlight.
Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has rocked markets worldwide, and The Australian reports that some executives and advisers are cooling off on corporate deal-making as boards wait to see how currencies settle and reassess the risk of doing business in Britain.Details
The AIIA is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group representing the information technology and telecommunications industry.Details
In order for any organisation to meet its goals, it has to seriously concentrate on three things: Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance, known collectively as GRC. These three areas have quite a bit of overlap, which is why they are often treated as three parts of a single area.Details
Some things in life are simply meant to go together, and one such pairing is undeniably the Australian wool industry and China. Australia is the world’s number one producer of premium quality fine wool, and is the largest producer of all wools by value and volume. 73% of Australian wool exports go to China, the largest importer of wool in the world. In fact, Australian wool makes up 63% of the entire Chinese wool market.Details
As exporting begins to ramp up like never before in the wake of ChAFTA, the roles of transportation, freight, and logistics are updating their policies and implementing new procedures as matter of necessity. Incorporating and complying with all of the new sets of regulations involved with such a large opportunity will be challenging, meaning that risk management efforts in these areas need to be elevated as well.
Even if your business has never exported before, it may be considering doing so now in the wake of ChAFTA. The opportunity for up to a billion new customers is just too great to pass up in most cases, especially with tariffs being relaxed across so many industries. If your business is contemplating getting into the export game, or just expanding into the Chinese market, there are many additional risks that it will take on in the process. Here are 10 things to consider, in order to manage those risks effectively and grow your exporting business.
In this article, we examine the potential risks in exporting and how to minimise them using an effective auditing system.
Your brand is your reputation, and your reputation determines your success. This is even more important when considering exporting to foreign nations, as the risks to brands being tarnished are harder to mitigate, and can ultimately be more harmful. A global reputation for poor products is obviously more difficult to repair than a national reputation.
In this article, we look at ways SMEs can protect their brand and reputation when exporting, with attention on exporting to China.
The historic ChAFTA free trade agreement will positively affect many industries in Australia, and the dairy industry may be among the top beneficiaries of the deal. Financial analysts are claiming that the Australian dairy industry is entering a new “golden age of prosperity“, and the “mining boom” of recent years is expected to be rivalled by the coming “dining boom” as China’s demand for dairy products continues to grow rapidly.
Today we look at the possibilities for dairy under ChAFTA and the necessity of auditing for success.
Can you imagine a world without timber products? If you look around right now, you’ll probably see a multitude of items that are the result of the timber industry. Just for starters, imagine life without wood or paper. Furniture, labels, receipts, calendars, doors, the frame of your home, even books. The truth is, without the timber industry our lives would be very different, and not in a good way.Details
Australia is one of modern China’s oldest trading partners, having jumped into the opportunity when China opened its first “special economic zone” in 1979. Since then, the trade ties between the two countries have only grown stronger, and Australia is recognised by local consumers as having a “clean and green” food environment with high quality products and brands.
Market feedback in China has shown that consumers are interested in many different products from Australian suppliers, including wheat and barley. However, market access for Australian agribusiness products to the mainland Chinese market remains a significant issue, as it’s generally easier for processed foods and wine to access the market, even under ChAFTA.
In this article, we look at the necessity of auditing for grain exporters, in light of ChAFTA and its opportunities.
There is often some confusion about the difference between the traditional supply chain and what has come to be known as a “value chain”. In reality, the two usually overlap and can even be the same “chain”. The difference lies in the high-level view of the process, but it can be argued in most cases – if not all – that a supply chain that isn’t also a value chain is a sign of poor business practices.
Today we look at creating a value chain for business, and how effective auditing is just as important as ownership for each link in the chain.
Businesses in Europe and the US are poised to leave us behind. That may seem a bit blunt and perhaps is a slight overstatement, but the essence of the statement is true, according to new global data released by multinational professional services firm Ernst and Young.
The survey in question looked at businesses around the world and how they are managing their risk. While Australia has historically “been at the forefront of risk management”, we are now merely “on par” with our industrial global counterparts, and that is a concerning trend.
Today we consider how real-time risk management is necessary, in order to compete in global business.
Compliance in many organisations is reactive rather than proactive, and perceived as a necessary evil to stay in business. More sophisticated organisations who place a higher value on compliance, however, are using the data from compliance audits to gain competitive advantage and mitigate risk exposure.
Compliance data, when collected correctly, is rich business intelligence and offers invaluable insight into internal and external business process, performance and control metrics. Digitised compliance monitoring systems are a necessity to gather this information in real-time, which is the only way this application of the data is effectively possible. The result of this forward thinking application of data is a state of “predictive compliance”.
Today we consider how real-time audit data can allow businesses to predict and prevent future compliance risks
The internet has created unprecedented global business opportunities over the last decade or so, giving small companies the ability to compete with big players in countries all over the world. While this revolution is historic on every level, the world is now looking at possibly an even greater development: the breaking down of trade barriers between countries, even those that may have been inaccessible before.Details
Workplace health and safety can be a dull topic for employees, in most cases truth be told, but that doesn’t make it any less important. The challenge for management and compliance officers is to create engagement in this area for everyone involved, so that improving work safety becomes a regular part of a team’s goals.
In this article we look at how companies can get employees engaged in compliance measures, to create a safer work environment.
The key buzzword for business over the last decade has, without question, been “disruption”. A disruptive company, product, or service is one that brings an entirely new angle and vision to an existing industry, and when they do they make waves amongst both the current industry players and the governments that regulate them and their industry.
In this article we examine how new and disruptive industries and services are challenging regulation and compliance bodies.
Auditing has always been an important part of business success, but the recent and ongoing surge in regulations is making it a necessity that is more easily recognised. When auditing is internal and strictly used for company integrity, there can be more of a propensity for slacking. But when outside pressures are brought to bear, which carry the possibility of very steep fines and penalties, there is all the more reason to make sure that you’re compliant.
In this article we look at how companies can improve business and protect employees by auditing for work health and safety.
As we’ve preached for years now, regulatory compliance is more than just important in business, it’s an absolute necessity. And the larger the business caught in non-compliance, particularly in cases that affect public health and safety, the deeper and wider the implications and consequences of that non-compliance becomes. This has become very evident in the current scandal involving Volkswagen, the third largest automobile manufacturer in the world.
In this article we look at the potential large-scale consequences of non-compliance, as demonstrated by the Volkswagen scandal.
The Safety Institute of Australia’s National Safety Convention 2015 is going to be held on 16-17 September 2015, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
This Convention will bring together industry thought leaders and will encourage national and global involvement across the two days, outlining the need for change in systems and how looking beyond safety disciplines may be the answer.
Compliance Experts are a proud SIA Silver Corporate Sponsor and will also be sponsoring the plenary session titled “Challenging the Paradigm”Details
The global online economy is a huge game changer for both consumers and businesses, but not always in a good way. When auditing is performed well throughout the supply chain, everyone wins. When there’s a breakdown in this process, however, losers abound.Details
Compliance has become a huge industry, partly out of wanting to simply do good business, but mostly out of the necessity of complying with ever-increasing rules and regulations from governments and other regulatory agencies.
In response to the new demand, companies are now paying hefty salaries to compliance officers. As with all things, however, great rewards come only from great risks and responsibilities.
In this article we explain why Compliance Officers are earning higher salaries and why they are personally at risk for non-compliance.
The world’s most popular sport is facing a crisis of confidence, and not without good reason. What started as an investigation by the United States Department of Justice into bribery concerning broadcast rights, has become an full scale investigation of FIFA as a whole.
Swiss authorities began looking into bribery charges concerning the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process within hours of the broadcasting scandal, and at least 14 officials and marketers for FIFA have already been indicted for corruption.
The recent FIFA scandals have put the spotlight on corruption in sport, and we have been pointing out that in this situation, as with any similar problems in business or other organisations, good governance and ensuring proper compliance are key in minimising the issues.
But while the scandal of the day concerns bribery, there is another issue in global sports that has much stronger roots: the problem of game-fixing. In other words, players purposefully losing a game, holding back on their play, or otherwise disregarding fair play in return for money.
In this article we discuss how game-fixing facilitated by online betting can be curbed, using a three-pronged compliance approach
Sporting venues and facilities are places of excitement, fierce competition, and family fun. They can also be very dangerous for both participants and spectators alike. This is why these facilities must be monitored regularly for health and safety requirements or violations, and it must be done on a regular schedule and with strict adherence to policies.
In this article we discuss due diligence in sporting venue inspections and some best practices for ensuring player safety
There is a disconnect in today’s businesses that is causing significant losses in market value. That disconnect is shown in two ways. First, many companies equate risk management with risk aversion. That is, instead of actively monitoring and measuring the risk controls they put in place, they are simply setting the controls in place for maximum risk avoidance and then letting them ride.
Third-party compliance issues can be a nightmare if you don’t do your due diligence (say that five times fast!). The truth is that there is still a lot of confusion when it comes to what third-party service providers are specifically required to be compliant with, but ensuring that compliance is your responsibility if you’re going to deal with them.
To keep your own business safe from costly compliance violations, you must check out and validate the third party service providers (TPSPs) you do business with.
Winston Churchill once said “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often”. Some might argue that we’ve taken that idea to the extreme and decided to be a society under constant change, in which case we should listen to Mr. Churchill’s further thought, that “There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction”.
In the case of security and compliance, that constant progress is definitely a good thing. The more secure customer and company data can be kept, the better. Keeping products safe and in good shape along supply lines is also good.
The movement in the US for a higher minimum wage has taken a new angle in attacking large franchisors, and it could threaten to rip apart the franchising industry as we know it. There are now consolidated cases going before the National Labour Relation Board which claim that a franchisor – such as McDonald’s, one of the companies being attacked – is actually a joint owner with its franchisees.
If the board rules against McDonald’s, it would mean that the corporation could be liable for wage underpayments or other violations, even things that aren’t related to the franchise agreement. The franchise owners would also basically lose their “business owner” status and be more subject to corporate policies. They would become, essentially, corporately-controlled outlets instead of franchises.
It’s not uncommon to hear groans and complaints whenever implementing compliance measures is discussed. In the minds of many, compliance is synonymous with burdensome regulations and, more importantly, unexpected and unwanted expenses. Thinking about something as daunting as PCI compliance, in particular, can be enough to send a teetotaler to the pub.
If you were to try and imagine a new business opportunity that could literally double or triple your revenues quickly (or more), most business owners would get fairly excited. Opportunities like that don’t come along very often, but a great deal of Australian business owners are now looking head-on at one later this year.
The free trade agreement with China that will come into effect by the end of 2015 will undoubtedly affect many different industries over time, but the fresh food industry is first in line to reap big rewards.
There is a growing necessity for businesses to implement compliance monitoring systems and many are struggling with the task of migrating from memory, paper and excel- based systems that are now inadequate.Details
A well maintained audit and compliance routine is paramount in any business when it comes to online/cyber security. Just because you’ve followed the protocols set in place, it doesn’t mean that you can fight the fight against a major cyber security attack. The compliance process needs to be a living and breathing entity, constantly curated and improved.
In this article we discuss the advantages of using programmed compliance in an agile process to guard against cyber attacks.
Checklists. We mostly use them to compile our grocery needs and make sure that we don’t arrive back at home having forgotten the milk or eggs. But checklists, as simple as they are, are some of the most powerful tools available to us, in business and in life.
Here we give the history, psychology, and practical reasons for using checklists in organisations