Regulatory Climate Rated Top Emerging Risk in Latin America

May 17, 2018

While cyberattacks ranked as the most significant emerging risk for organizations around the world, the regulatory environment in Latin America ranked highest for risk professionals in that region according to the newly released the 2018 Risk Management Benchmark in Latin America report.

Published by Marsh Risk Consulting in conjunction with RIMS, the third annual study explores the risks impacting organizations in Latin America, as well as challenges associated with advancing risk management strategies within regional organizations.

Findings from the survey include:

  • 25% of Latin American companies have advanced levels of maturity in risk management;
  • 51% agreed that cultural problems within the organizations were the leading factor challenging the implementation of risk management;
  • 50% of companies in the region do not assess emerging risks;
  • 55% found “lack of knowledge of key risk management concepts” to be the biggest obstacle to understanding the impact of emerging risks on strategy.

The report also provides a breakdown of the top risks in 10 leading Latin American countries and by economic sector.

“In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, one of the keys to capture opportunities lies in our ability to anticipate,” said Gerardo Herrera, Marsh Risk Consulting Latin America leader. “Innovative risk management, integrated into the business strategy, not only creates value for the organization, but also allows it to transform its risks into real and sustainable competitive advantages.”

The results of this study are based on the responses of 294 surveys conducted through an online questionnaire between April and August 2017. Participants represented more than 10 countries in the region and 20 economic sectors.

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