Risk management is as critical in the not-for-profit sector as it is in the for-profit world. The more common definition of risk is the chance that events prevent an organization from achieving its objectives. In reality, risk is the possibility that events will affect the achievement of objectives.
A new publication by the Risk Coalition (a group of organizations in the UK that includes their Institute of Directors, a couple of risk management associations, and the organizations for internal and external auditors) merits our attention. Raising the Bar: Principles-based guidance for board risk committees and risk functions in the UK Financial Services Sector has some interesting content. For example, it says:
You are the captain of a ship that is sailing from Singapore to Auckland with a cargo that needs to be kept cold and will lose its freshness if you don’t arrive within a few days of your schedule.