WHERE WE CAN HELP
Unrelenting cost and competition pressures have given rise to outsourcing, offshoring and extended supply chains. Companies now rely on multiple counterparts both to deliver operationally and to conform to mandated social and ethical standards.
The search for new opportunities has led to investment in remote, opaque and risky markets where differing social, legal and ethical norms may apply and where unexpected events can disrupt business.
With increasing attention on compliance by regulatory bodies, shareholder activism, scrutiny by non-governmental organisations and increased social and traditional media coverage, the risk of system or process failures and misconduct or mistakes being discovered and reported is high. Ensuring compliance with regulations and maintenance of high standards of ethical business practices is a key priority.
The increasing value of designs, formulae, knowhow and other intangible assets has led to a substantial part of the value of many enterprises residing on computer networks with all the inherent cyber vulnerabilities this presents. In the physical environment, IP is also increasingly vulnerable to copyright, counterfeit and patent violations.