Implementing ERM-1: The importance of perspective

Corporate-governance requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX) have put strong pressure on oil and gas companies to implement enterprise risk-management (ERM) programs. The act requires principal executives and financial officers to certify information in periodic filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and dictates how managers assess internal controls and auditing standards. Facing new personal liabilities assigned by SOX, executives are turning to ERM as a way to identify and analyze risk from a company-wide perspective.So far, the drive to establish compliance with SOX has been led by the financial, information-technology (IT), and legal-services sector...

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