Governance of Emerging Risks

As a direct follow-up to its work on risk governance deficits, IRGC is now focusing on how to deal with emerging issues and risks.

IRGC defines as “emerging” a risk that is new, or a familiar risk in a new or unfamiliar context or under new context conditions (re-emerging). Emerging risks are issues that are perceived to be potentially significant but which may not be fully understood and assessed, thus not allowing risk management options to be developed with confidence.

This project is composed of two phases.

Phase 1 focused on how and why risks emerge and concluded in January 2011 with the publication of a report on the identification and description of a number of contributing factors to risk emergence, so that risk professionals, by understanding and recognising these factors, may be better able to avoid or mitigate emerging risks in future.
Phase 1 concluded with application in industry and in the public sector.

Phase 2 consists of the development of overarching guidelines for the governance of emerging risks.