May 23, 2023

Compliance: Third Party Risk Management Tops List of Priorities

According to a recent survey by Compliance Week & FTI Consulting, third party risk management (TPRM) tops the list of priorities for corporate compliance officers this year:

Compliance Week and FTI Consulting polled 151 legal and compliance decision-makers as part of an online survey benchmarking the use of technology in compliance conducted between February and March. Respondents to the survey largely represented the technology (13%), banking (13%), healthcare (10%), and manufacturing (7%) sectors. The survey asked respondents to choose all that applied from a list of top-of-mind risk areas they expected to require additional focus this year. TPRM was indicated by 62% of overall respondents, far ahead of litigation/regulatory exposure (45%); anti-bribery, anti-corruption (ABAC), anti-money laundering (AML), and fraud (38%); and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) matters (38%).

Survey respondents noted that TPRM is always a compliance priority, because of the lack of control over third parties compared with other areas of compliance risk that companies face. In keeping with the overall emphasis on TPRM, the survey also says it’s the top priority for employing compliance technologies, with 55% identifying TPRM as an area where compliance-related technologies were utilized.

John Jenkins