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4 Reasons Why You Should Improve Operational Risk Management in Manufacturing

Nov 1, 2018

Basically, risks are of different types and many of them are braided together like reputational risks, financial risks, operational risks, third-party or supply chain risks, legal or compliance risks, and several others. Operational risks, generally, are viewed through the lens of safety management in an organization but for manufacturers, it is important to see the link between safety and operational risk management. The rationale for improving the operational risk management process is not only limited to safety but goes beyond it. There are many compelling tested and verified reasons to improve operational risk management in the manufacturing sector.

In this article, we have discussed a few of those reasons that establish the fact that it is highly essential to improve the operational risk management processes to improve productivity and growth of an organization.

Reasons to improve operational risk management process

Reason 1: Attain financial goals

There are many manufacturers who see the relationship between enhancing productivity and mitigating operational risks. But for better operational risk management, it is essential to move one step further and also see the relation in terms of financial performance. It is important to minimize the impact of operational risks on financial goals. Additionally, manufacturing companies must align operational data with financial data to analyze the financial impact of adverse events.

Reason 2: Improve and increase collaboration

If the financial goals are achieved, it has hard and quantifiable benefits. But implementing an operational risk management process also fetches soft benefits like improved cooperation and collaboration. This can furthermore help in the joint management of risks. The implementation of an operational risk management framework provides the catalyst as well as an incentive for organizations to also boost cross-functional collaboration.

Reason 3:  Standardize risk assessment

Manufacturing organizations, globally, understand that if they successfully mitigate operational risks, it improves the likelihood that corporate goals will be met. To mitigate operational risks successfully, the same procedures, policies, and risk management processes must be applied across all the verticals of the company. Best-in-class manufacturers have standardized risk quantification processes across the enterprise.

Reason 4:  Build a risk awareness culture

To manage operational risks, it is very important to build a culture of risk awareness. This culture helps manufacturers to establish better visibility into control measures of operational risks. This can further help them to integrate a risk mindset, which further minimizes operational risks and their impact on financial and corporate objectives.

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