Tailings risks correlations

Tailings risk correlations or lack thereof refers to a phenomenon we oftentimes encounter in ORE ERMs deployments in various industries. The risk bubble in the p-C graph The figure below shows a classic simplified result from a ERM. The quadrant is the probability (p), Consequence (C) quadrant with the addition of the risk tolerance band. The band has a width corresponding to the divergent opinion between optimistic and pessimistic key stakeholders on tolerance. A given hazard has uncertainties on both…

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Neo-mythological risk animals

Various neo-mythological risk animals have caught the imagination of businesses and have had world-wide mediatic success. Unfortunately, sometimes even against their creators will, they generate a slanted image. Many use that image as it allows “iffy” constructs. Furthermore it offers an excuse for a classic human behavior. That is doing nothing and procrastinating. Let’s explain the point: black swans are defined by Taleb as “an unpredictable or unforeseen event, typically ones with extreme consequences” however they have been used and…

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Comments on KPMG survey about third party risk management

We just read KPMG’s Third Party Risk Management outlook 2020 and today we will pitch in comments on KPMG survey on third party risk management . Risk integration We discuss what its conclusions mean in terms of practical risk assessment and Enterprise Risk Management (ERM). At Riskope we started integrating third parties risks in ERMs and risk assessments twenty years ago. We note that in the grand scheme of things third party may also mean neighbors. Of course, defining the limits…

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Quantitative Convergent ERM to Solve Real Life Problem

Riskope presented at Infonex ( ) Quantitative Convergent ERM to Solve Real Life Problem. The conference was carried out on Zoom and the talks were, of course recorded. What is ERM?  Enterprise risk management (ERM) is a plan-based decision-making support. It allows its users to enhance their tactical and strategic planning and therefore to increase competitiveness. Indeed, it aims to identify, assess, and prepare a project, corporation to cope with threats and hazards. Threats and hazards can occur with different…

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Climate adaptation and risk assessment

Climate adaptation and risk assessment are the main themes of a recent ICMM report we read during the holidays. Our take-away from the Climate adaptation and risk assessment report The ICMM report notes that physical climate-change risks and opportunities can impact mining companies in a multitude of ways. Examples are: operations, production, financial, social and finally environmental. Thus, the risk landscape of companies can change quite significantly due to shifts in probabilities of occurrence and consequences of climate-related events. The report…

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Corporate risk management (ERM) platform requirements to limit corporate failures

Corporate risk management (ERM) platform requirements to limit corporate failures explores why corporations, projects, startups continue to fail. That is despite apparent efforts made by various stakeholders. Voices here and there say that Enterprise Risk Management does not work, that we need new and esoteric tools. At Riskope we firmly believe, based on our experience, that Enterprise Risk Management does work if the platform has some important characteristics that common practice platform do not have. Corporate risk management (ERM) platform…

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Which risk comes first and for whom?

In a world where socio-political and climate evolve in a dynamic and fast pace which risk comes first and for whom? Swiss Re example Reportedly, Swiss Re Ltd. will not provide anymore insurance or reinsurance to businesses with more than 30% thermal coal exposure. The new policy applies to existing and new thermal coal mines and power plants. It covers all lines of business and Swiss Re’s global operations. The implementation of the new thermal coal policy comes as part…

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Less is more in risk management too

Complexity, interdependencies, black swans are all widely used terms among risk managers . Unfortunately some risk manager still use them to hide behind, while working ultimately with their gut feelings. However, all this can be solved with a properly defined glossary and a proper methodology should bring clarity and focus, as indeed, less is more in risk management too. FMEA or any another tool you use should simplify your task, ERM development, and not overwhelm you with pages and pages…

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