We are at a critical point in history, a point that can lead to two very different outcomes. The decisions organizations make today and how they manage environmental, health and safety risks set all of us on a path for our world in the future.
In my keynotes and presentations, I ask the question: What is our future?
Are we, as a global society, that our organizations are part of, headed toward a Blade Runner future or a Star Trek future? In Blade Runner, you have a dark dystopia of social, ethical, and environmental disasters. In Star Trek, you see a green and prospering world where the environment and society thrive, and there is great social diversity and cooperation across galactic races.
My issue is that many enterprise risk management programs, and the technology they utilize to manage risk, are limited in scope. If you look at these programs you would think that IT risk (e.g., cyber risk, digital risk) is the greatest concern. My point of view is that IT/information risk is a great concern, but environmental and health and safety risks, are a GRAVE concern. And I mean that term literally. Environmental and health and safety risks need to be a critical part of the organization’s enterprise risk, operational risk, integrated risk, and supporting technology agendas.
[THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE CAN BE FOUND ON THE ISOMETRIX BLOG WHERE GRC 20/20’S MICHAEL RASMUSSEN IS A GUEST AUTHOR]