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Regulatory Policies Pose Biggest Risk To India Inc. In Next Three Years

Regulatory policies pose the biggest risks for companies over the next three years, followed by cyber security and technology disruptions, a survey of over 100 top company executives has revealed.

The primary reason for this trend is that firms are considering regulatory compliance as a critical value protector exercise, the Deloitte India Risk Survey 2018 noted. The survey showed a divide on the viewpoint of risk management among Indian organisations.

The report suggests that 44 percent of businesses harness risks to find future opportunities and drive returns, while 36 percent use risk management with an aim to drive compliance and prevent losses.

This insight is further substantiated with the fact that regulatory risk with 44 percent leads among the top three risk areas in the country, followed by cyber security with 31 percent and technology disruption at 25 percent, the study said.

Interestingly, the report shows that three years from now, there will be an expected shift in the trend. Cyber security will take the lead with 36 percent among the top three risks for businesses, followed by technology disruption risk at 33 percent and regulatory risks at 31 percent.

The survey was conducted on over 100 top senior executives such as chief executive officers, chief financial officers, chief risk officers, business leaders and heads of internal audit.

Also, to get a fair understanding of the risk culture in the Indian organisations, the company gathered responses from organisations belonging to diverse set of industries,both private and public with a turnover of less than Rs 500 crore to Rs 7,500 crore.

The changing trend demonstrates that with digital transformation, organisation will now need to redefine strategies as they become susceptible to multiple threats emerging through technology disruption.
Rohit Mahajan, President-Risk advisory, Deloitte India.

Mahajan further said that the volatility and complexity of each of these risks will continue to increase. “This essentially means that there needs to be shift from being risk averse to risk aware, with the power of innovation.”

The report also stated that with the changing dynamics and the speed of business delivery, there is a growing demand for a dedicated chief risk officer (CRO) position.

In terms of risk management, the survey showed only 35 percent of the organisations had a high involvement of board or directors in risk management. The findings also suggest that 12 percent of the organisations did not have a well-defined risk management strategy and 27 percent were unsure of the same.