Organizations cannot afford to be indifferent to the risk of corporate fraud. Directors and management have a fiduciary obligation and a corporate responsibility to take steps to deter, detect and prevent it.
While high profile incidents of corporate fraud have involved gross misstatements of company financial statements, in reality, corporate fraud manifests itself in many different – and often inconspicuous – ways that eat away at the value of a business. When it does occur, those who have not made the effort to prevent fraud potentially open themselves to personal liability, as well as exposing their company to the possibility of significant losses to the bottom line, regulatory censure, reputational damage and a loss of shareholder value. Companies need to have an effective fraud risk management strategy in place and be able to demonstrate implementation.
Deloitte’s integrated approach to fraud control helps organizations to understand their susceptibility to fraud risk, identify high-risk fraud areas, develop a fraud control plan to address areas of critical fraud risk, monitor the ongoing effectiveness of fraud risk mitigation, and respond to actual instances of fraud.
We have designed a program to address fraud risk: Measure, Improve and Move. This program is a continuous improvement process that takes annual measurements of where a business is in effectively deterring, detecting and preventing fraud. This enables comparisons of where it was, where it is now and where it should be.