UK corporates taking more risks

The survey showed that the number of companies that rate themselves as risk-takers has risen to 35%, compared with 20% in 1999. Almost 50% still consider themselves to be risk-averse in most areas of their business. Of those that said they were risk-taking, the majority, 59%, had a positive perception of risk management.

The survey results, based on the responses of more than 60 financial controllers of FTSE 350 companies, show that risk management is receiving a more high-profile consideration in the boardroom. Chief executives or managing directors are increasingly assuming responsibility for the risk management process, reflecting increasing scrutiny by institutional investors, other stakeholders and analysts. This trend also reflects a broadening in perceptions of what constitutes risk. The survey said that risk management in 1999 tended to focus on financial risk but now looks at business, operational and all other significant risks as well.

A total of 70% of survey respondents perceive risk-management as a beneficial tool to gain competitive advantage and enhance business practices. This is an increase of 38% from 1999. Companies that are using business management to implement risk management have, in 75% of cases, largely integrated risk management into the way they do business, the survey said.

  • LinkedIn  
  • Save this article
  • Print this page  

You need to sign in to use this feature. If you don’t have a Risk.net account, please register for a trial.

Sign in
You are currently on corporate access.

To use this feature you will need an individual account. If you have one already please sign in.

Sign in.

Alternatively you can request an indvidual account here: