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How to Manage Geopolitical Risk and ESG in Internal Audit

In today’s global environment, managing geopolitical risk and ESG factors is of critical importance for businesses wishing to remain competitive. This is especially true for internal auditors. As an internal auditor, it is your responsibility to ensure that your organization’s operations are compliant with all laws, regulations, and industry standards, as well as that the organization has implemented effective risk management policies and procedures. This means that you must be able to identify potential areas of concern related to geopolitical risk and ESG issues in order to ensure that your organization is complying with applicable rules and regulations.

What is Geopolitical Risk?
Geopolitical risk refers to the risk of loss or damage due to political or economic events occurring outside the control of a company. It can include risks posed by foreign governments, non-state actors (such as terrorists or criminals), civil unrest, natural disasters, trade wars, currency fluctuations, etc. Some examples of geopolitical risks include sanctions imposed by a foreign government; hostile takeover attempts; acts of war; terrorist attacks; cyber attacks; military coups; border disputes; natural disasters; currency devaluation/devaluation; and changes in government policies/regulations. Ultimately, these risks can have a significant impact on an organization’s operations, financial performance, and strategic objectives.

ESG Risk Management
Environmental Social Governance (ESG) refers to the three key areas that organizations must consider when developing their corporate strategies: environmental sustainability (which includes climate change), social responsibility (which includes labor rights), and governance (which includes anti-corruption). The main challenge for internal auditors is identifying potential areas of ESG risk within the company’s operations. To do this effectively requires a thorough understanding of current global trends related to ESG issues such as climate change or human rights violations. Internal auditors must also be aware of any new laws or regulations related to ESG issues at both local and international levels.

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Internal Auditing Procedures
In order to effectively manage geopolitical risk and ESG factors, it is important for internal auditors to have clear procedures in place for assessing these risks on a regular basis. Auditors should review relevant documents (e.g., company policies/procedures) for compliance with applicable laws/regulations related to ESG issues as well as evaluate existing processes for mitigating potential risks associated with geopolitics/ESG matters. Additionally, internal audit teams can benefit from conducting interviews with personnel responsible for overseeing geopolitics/ESG compliance within the organization—this will help identify any gaps in existing procedures as well as provide insights into how best address them moving forward.

In today’s increasingly complex world, managing geopolitical risk and Environmental Social Governance (ESG) matters is essential for any successful business operation—especially those within highly regulated industries like finance or healthcare. As an internal auditor it is your job to ensure that your organization has the right processes in place for minimizing exposure to these types of risks while remaining compliant with all applicable laws/regulations. This requires having clear procedures in place which assess these risks on a regular basis while also gathering information through interviews with personnel responsible for managing geopolitics/ESG compliance within the organization—only then will you be able to identify any gaps in existing processes so they can be addressed moving forward. With proper attention paid towards geopolitical risk & ESG factors now more than ever before!

Managing your exposure to geopolitical risk is part of your ESG strategy. Learn more about how EmpoweredESG can assist your organisation’s geopolitical risk management.

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