Category Archives: Risk Performance and Compliance

Procurement and Insider Trading: What You Need to Know

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Procurement has increasing access to multiple levels of insider information. And just as we have seen enforcement impacting procurement and supply chain activities centered on FCPA compliance, it is likely an increasing set of activities tied to potential information leaks in the capital markets area will come under more scrutiny as well. In the first installment of this Spend Matters PRO research brief examining the potential for insider trading based on procurement information, authored by Thomas Kase, vice president of research, we covered lessons from other areas of the business as well as introducing the types of insider information that could be acted on by those inside the company or shared with external hedge funds or other parties. In this installment, we explore what you need to know about the potential for procurement and insider trading based on increasing data availability within procurement and supply chain organizations and key action steps you can take to prevent breeches.

Does Procurement Inadvertently Facilitate Insider Trading?

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Have you considered the potential for insider trading violations and the ensuing lawsuits that could arise from access to procurement information? Perhaps this hasn't even entered your mind. With increasing data availability (spend data, supplier risk/management information, demand data) at the fingertips of procurement professionals and others in the organization, the opportunity to access information that could be used to provide an "advantage" in the capital markets has never been greater. Traditionally, such information (if available at all) was available solely to company “insiders” who could only trade within certain windows (and with other restrictions placed on them). In this multi-part Spend Matters PRO analysis, Spend Matters Vice President of Research Thomas Kase explores the growing potential of procurement-related information to create the opportunity for insider trading information.

Is The CEO The Only One With Need-To-Know? Exploring the Brewing Information Clash

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How much information do you share internally? How much should you share? Who has a need to know? These are important questions to ask as you drive procurement change management and solution adoption throughout your organization. Providing timely information and presenting it in a way that makes the context clear in the hands of the right business users, who can take corrective action before the situation gets out of hand, is key to maintaining a consistent level of performance across the organization. In this Spend Matters PRO research brief, we consider the brewing information clash that companies are likely to face with exploding reams of procurement information available to an increasing number of stakeholders – and non-stakeholders – alike.

Tying up T&E Loose Ends: T&E Meets Risk Management (Part 3)

In previous installments of this PRO series, Spend Matters VP of Research Thomas Kase discussed the amount of risk companies face when deploying workers around the globe and what precautions the company and its workers must take. In Part 1, he specifically talked about duty of care provisions, and in Part 2, he continued his analysis of corporate travel risks. Today, he completes the series, offering a number of recommendations companies should take regarding T&E management.

Identifying And Responding to Risks Faced By A Global Workforce: T&E Meets Risk Management (Part 2)

What do companies need to be aware of when managing corporate travel and a global workforce? Spend Matters VP of Research Thomas Kase, who has experience working abroad and is our main source for T&E management, started this PRO series discussing the amount of risk a company faces when deploying workers around the globe, how much money a company should allocated to risk mitigation and what is required under duty of care provisions. You can check it out here. Here, in Part 2, Thomas continues this analysis of travel risks and corporate obligations.

Understanding “Duty of Care” When Managing Corporate Travel: T&E Meets Risk Management (Part 1)

Vendors hawking T&E software that spans travel booking and expense management claim that it is not just about policy compliance, but that it is also about the risk management benefits of actually seeing where employees (or contractors) are and, in the event of an emergency, being able to provide support as quickly as possible. In this multi-part Spend Matters PRO research brief, Spend Matters VP of Research Thomas Kase provides a primer on managing travel and the global corporate workforce, including the requirements and limits of duty of care provisions – and what procurement needs to know and how far it should consider going both as good business practice and under the law.

Top 4 Ways CPOs Will Use Social Media

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In Part 1 of this series we looked at the principles of social media, which give an insight into how and why it has been such a phenomenon. Aspects such as the way it enables users to feel a sense of belonging and to share knowledge, information and their passions so quickly and easily, play to ancient human needs. So now let’s look in a more practical manner at the areas where social media tools, or tools that at least use these principles, will increasingly play an important role in the lives of CPOs and indeed all procurement professionals. There are 4 principle areas that we can consider, although there is overlap between them in some cases.

There’s Marijuana in Your Supply Chain: How to Smoke It Out?

A recent study shows that a substantial number of employees go to work under the influence of pot. About 10 percent admit to having done so, and about 5 percent don’t rule out doing so again in the future! However, taking these results at face value, as you can see, employees even take illegal drugs while at work (some of the funniest examples may be in the Comedy Central series ) – and as more and more states make these legal, what is the impact on the supply chain?

Accenture Spend Trends Report: Insurance and Risk Category Intelligence – Exploring the Total Cost of Risk

Procurement’s historic role in many companies is based on waiting for activities and requirements be tossed “over the wall” by the business as product and service lines, as well as taking action only when internal requirements change or are added (e.g., tracking new information such as diversity status, risk, environmental, and regulatory compliance areas, etc). Yet staying passive is a recipe for sub-optimizing sourcing and total costs results in new or changing areas given the time pressure to execute on activities when a new trigger occurs. One such area that is explored in the Q2 Accenture Spend Trends Report is the changes within insurance and risk management.

Pandemics and the Supply Chain: What’s the Actual Risk Factor?

Don't forget to join us for tomorrow's Ask the Expert webinar featuring VP of Research Thomas Kase and Heiko Schwarz, Managing Director at riskmethods. This topic goes way beyond ebola, though that's what's making headlines right now. Thomas and Heiko will walk you through the actual risk factors pandemics bring to the supply chain, but then they'll also touch on the HR aspect (layering in pandemics alongside kidnapping, general crime, political issues, geo events such floods, earthquakes, etc.), and finish with prudent and realistic strategies companies can take to protect their supply chains. If you're a Spend Matters Plus or PRO member, we hope to see you tomorrow from 10-10:30am Central for Should You Be Worried About Ebola in Your Supply Chain?

Ask the Expert: Should You Be Worried About Ebola and Your Supply Chain?

Should you be worried about Ebola? What can you do about this issue, and similar illnesses that might disrupt your supply chain and/or put your employees and suppliers at risk? On this week's Ask the Expert webinar, on Thursday 8/14 from 10-10:30am Central, Spend Matters VP of Research Thomas Kase will provide an overview of the issue and possible ways to improve your understanding of the level of exposure – as well as ways to better alert employees and third parties when needed. We’re also pleased to have a special guest joining Thomas: Heiko Schwarz, Managing Director of riskmethods. riskmethods is a German firm focused on global supply basic risk visibility and mitigation. Spend Matters Plus and PRO members, click on through to register for this special event!

SEC Conflict Minerals Rule Violates Free Speech, Says U.S. Appeals Court

The free speech issue has made its presence felt in the SEC’s conflict minerals rule as a U.S. appeals court struck down parts of the regulation attributed to public companies being required to reveal if their products contain minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo – a particularly combat-heavy part of Africa. The parts of the regulation struck down by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit were primarily related to violation of free speech. According to a report from Reuters, the appeals court did not strike down the conflict minerals rule altogether.