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Increased Board Accountability is Real

By this point, the Volkswagen scandal is old news (we first blogged about it last October). Yet details about the case continue to emerge, most recently about board accountability. As of last week, a Volkswagen “internal probe into its emissions-cheating scandal found no evidence of wrongdoing by members of senior management…” In other words, VW’s…

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Regulators Target Risk Management Negligence in Small to Mid-Sized Firms

Last month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) investigated Dwolla, an e-commerce and online-payment company. It found Dwolla guilty of risk management negligence regarding data security practices. The investigation has some significant implications. Before we take a deeper look, here are a few key takeaways: Dwolla payed a civil penalty of $100,000, despite the fact…

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Volkswagen Side-Steps Enterprise Risk Management

Volkswagen has been side-stepping environmental compliance standards by “programming some diesel-fueled cars to turn on emission controls only when being tested.” In the days since this discovery, Volkswagen has been hit with over 30 federal lawsuits and 40%+ decline in stock value, all stemming from the same source—poor Enterprise Risk Management. In this case, poor…