One of the hallmarks of a successful investigation is rooted in the expression “knowing what you don’t know.” An experienced investigator knows a lot about a lot of things – different types of fraud, corruption, theft, misconduct, and the psychology underlying what motivates people to violate the trust that has been placed in them.
The Association of Certified Fraud Examiner’s (ACFE) biennial Report to the Nations consistently provides a detailed, and visually engaging, representation of the impact organizational fraud has on our organizations. Its tenth edition, released this year, is no different. In the report, we get a broad understanding of fraud ranging from the methods in which it is committed, to the characteristics of victimized organizations, to the impact of various types of schemes.
When we talk about confidence in managing risks, we’re really talking about confidence in the effectiveness of your risk management program — and apparently, we have a systemic disconnect between the board and management about that issue.
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