Managing Risks and Opportunities

Posted by The ALS Group on Sep 23, 2020 1:25:00 PM

The idea for this blog was conceived by Marshall Ma, who joined The ALS Group as a Risk Management Intern and now provides support on client accounts as Technical Analyst, based on the Chinese ideogram for “crisis”. It just happens that Marshall is fluent in Mandarin and is passionate about risk management. She is an Enterprise Risk Management Graduate and Lecturer at Columbia University. While at Columbia, Marshall spent a lot of time working on campus educating her peers and supporting industry outreach. She also participated in risk assessment and mitigation for the campus’ internal Career Design Lab.

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Topics: Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Human Capital Risk, Risk management, Risk Management Blog, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR), what is total cost of risk, what is erm, what is risk management, risk management internship

Supply Chain Risk – What Does the Contract Say?

Posted by The ALS Group on Aug 3, 2020 12:43:13 PM

As companies think about their supply chain and the risks that are inherent with that area, a good place to start is with your contract terms with the supplier – what are the terms you want? What are the terms you have agreed to?

With the unsettling state of affairs of the world today, a manufacturer or distributor has to be properly vetted and the terms of supply carefully considered. What is an acceptable delay or non-delivery? 

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Topics: Compliance, Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Risk management, supply chain, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR), risk transfer

The Unknowns of IT

Posted by Jon Edwards on Jul 17, 2020 12:31:00 PM

 

Most CEOs or CFOs are probably not Cyber Security experts, but are entrusted to ensure the company runs efficiently and profitably. In today’s business IOT world, having a safe and secure network is a large part of keeping the business operational. This includes ensuring that all cyber related risks are minimized as much as the budget will allow. Cyber related issues that threaten the company’s income are scary for sure, but perhaps the most frightening aspect of keeping your network and data secure are the “unknowns” of IT.

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Topics: Cyber Insurance, Cyber Security, Enterprise Risk Management, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR), risk management consultant

The Transition into the “New Normal”

Posted by The ALS Group on Jun 16, 2020 1:40:11 PM

As we are “flattening the curve” and the economy is slowly opening, employees will start to transition back to the office after nearly four (4) months of working from home. The COVID-19 pandemic forced many organizations to close and, those that did not have a disaster recovery/business continuity plan in place had to scramble to come up with a “work from home” solution in order to keep their business running while keeping their employees safe and healthy. Such “on the fly” solutions can cause serious complications as employees return to the office, and company leadership realizes that they must adjust their risk strategies to suit the “new normal”.

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Topics: Enterprise Risk Management, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR), pandemics, COVID-19, business continuity plan

Prepare Your Business for the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Posted by The ALS Group on Jun 3, 2020 2:07:09 PM

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to run from June 1st to November 30th. Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University predicted that the East Coast of the United States is likely to see a major hurricane, ranking at a category 3, 4, or 5, during the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. High category named storms bring on damages like, floods, wind damage, and power failure which may take several weeks to recover from. Though these predictions are not precise, we believe, that informed preparation is the best way to avoid costly claims, not unlike those caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.  

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Topics: Enterprise Risk Management, named storm/named windstorm, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR), hurricane season

COVID & Supply Chain Risks – Are You Prepared?

Posted by Nick Sica on May 28, 2020 1:49:42 PM

COVID-19 forced many companies to close their operations, which caused a great deal of disruption for numerous businesses on both direct losses and their revenue stream.

With America trying to “re-open” there is a host of issues that need to be wrestled with. One of the areas that, we think, might be low on the list for many companies is how their supply chain has been affected and will continue to be impacted by COVID related issues. Having latent supply chain disruption can wreak havoc on a business already challenged by the shutdown. This type of risk needs to be understood, so the company can plan for alternatives.

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Topics: Enterprise Risk Management, Supply Chain Risk, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR), COVID-19

For Mental Health Awareness Month – Review your Wellness Plan

Posted by The ALS Group on May 18, 2020 12:06:12 PM

As May is Mental Health Awareness Month, we wanted to raise awareness of a cause that while is a very significant issue, has not been brought to the forefront when speaking about either mental health or human capital risks. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention construction occupation has the highest rate of suicide across all careers.

Senior leadership of an organization, which incorporates strategic risk management into their business plan, knows that having a wellness plan in place for their employees is essential. Implementing a robust wellness plan in the workplace encourages healthy activities among employees and puts the emphasis on safety which, in turn, will lead to healthier, happier and more productive employees.

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Topics: Construction, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR), risk management consultant, wellness plan

Total Cost of Risk (TCoR) – Strategies for Cost Savings

Posted by Albert Sica on Apr 21, 2020 5:03:06 PM


As part of any effective risk management program, the quantification of the Total Cost of Risk (“TCoR”) is an important number to focus on.

This article focuses on how Workers Compensation (“WC”) costs contribute to a company’s TCoR and, specifically, how the Experience Modification (“X-MOD”) factor works and can be managed.

We take TCoR seriously in our risk advisory practice as having a TCoR that is lower than a company’s peers gives that company a competitive advantage in, both, how it conducts its business and the opportunities it can pursue.

Request a copy of Total Cost of Risk (TCoR) – Strategies for Cost Savings, below: 

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Topics: Total Cost of Risk (TCoR), what is total cost of risk, total cost of risk definition, total cost of risk analysis, total cost of risk insurance

Maintaining Business Continuity During the Pandemic

Posted by Kristen Poisler on Mar 18, 2020 11:42:04 AM

An effective risk management strategy always comes down to preparedness. The recent closings and business disruptions due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the spread of novel coronavirus, once again, demonstrate the importance of companies having a comprehensive Business Continuity Plan (BCP).  If your business is one of many that cannot simply close doors and expect to be able to re-open after the pandemic dies down,having such plan in place will insure that you can maintain the essential functions of your business during a major disruption. 

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Topics: Enterprise Risk Management, Strategic Risk Management, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR), Worker's Compensation, pandemics, business continuity plan

Insurance Risk & Rising Premium Rates – Why, & What Can be Done to Change Them

Posted by The ALS Group on Feb 19, 2020 12:53:36 PM

Three Questions for Managing Principal, Albert Sica, of The ALS Group

For the last 12-18 months commercial insurance rates have been rising and many business leaders are ill-equipped to either understand why or what they can do about it. Recently, this was captured in a good article in The Wall Street Journal and we thought we would explore this a bit more.

Business leaders often rely on a broker, whose primary role is to “sell” insurance to guide them through a complex mix of their company’s exposures, insurance policy language (including exclusions) and what can be done to, both, mitigate risk and the cost of coverage. Understanding the financial impact of a risk on a company’s balance sheet or earnings statement and what can be done to protect against that uncertainty is key to complex questions it is now essential to explore.

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Topics: business, Insurance, Risk Mitigation, The ALS Group, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR), catastrophic loss,, what is total cost of risk, total cost of risk definition, total cost of risk analysis, total cost of risk insurance

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