Features of Reputation Risk

November 24, 2023

“Over the course of four days at NACD Summit 2023, speakers pushed nearly 1,500 in-person and virtual attendees to think about new approaches and ways of thinking about their roles as directors in a world of crisis. […] One area that is an emerging risk in today’s environment is a company’s reputation. ‘We failed to predict that trust could be a target, just like information systems, and that there are entities out there that want you to diminish trust in our institutions…’”

“Over the course of four days at NACD Summit 2023, speakers pushed nearly 1,500 in-person and virtual attendees to think about new approaches and ways of thinking about their roles as directors in a world of crisis. […] One area that is an emerging risk in today’s environment is a company’s reputation. ‘We failed to predict that trust could be a target, just like information systems, and that there are entities out there that want you to diminish trust in our institutions…’”

November 14, 2023

Tolerable Risk podcast. 🔊 My guest is Nir Kossovsky, CEO of Steel City Re and an expert in the area of reputational risk management. Nir has the most interesting background which gives him multiple perspectives on the topic of reputational risk. During the episode, Nir and I discuss: 👀 What "agitation" and "behavior perils" are and why you should be aware of them 🤔 Why perception is as important (if not more!) than reality 💰 How taking an active approach to reputational risk management can help you with fundraising 🦁 And how it all starts with courage ✅ Nir also discusses how the "Big Six" - Ethics, Innovation, Safety, Security, Sustainability, and Quality - are the best place to begin.

Tolerable Risk podcast. 🔊 My guest is Nir Kossovsky, CEO of Steel City Re and an expert in the area of reputational risk management. Nir has the most interesting background which gives him multiple perspectives on the topic of reputational risk.

During the episode, Nir and I discuss:

👀 What “agitation” and “behavior perils” are and why you should be aware of them
🤔 Why perception is as important (if not more!) than reality
💰 How taking an active approach to reputational risk management can help you with fundraising
🦁 And how it all starts with courage

✅ Nir also discusses how the “Big Six” – Ethics, Innovation, Safety, Security, Sustainability, and Quality – are the best place to begin.

November 7, 2023

Reputational risk from $1.5 Trillion ESG debt. Bankers servicing one of the world’s biggest ESG debt markets are now actively seeking legal protections to guard against the potential greenwashing allegations that may be ahead. […] Lawyers advising SLL bankers say the reputational risks associated with mislabeling such products are now too big to ignore.

Reputational risk from $1.5 Trillion ESG debt. Bankers servicing one of the world’s biggest ESG debt markets are now actively seeking legal protections to guard against the potential greenwashing allegations that may be ahead. […] Lawyers advising SLL bankers say the reputational risks associated with mislabeling such products are now too big to ignore.

October 16, 2023

Mitigate value-destroying legal risk. For Fox, Kossovsky said. “This new reputation at FOX Corporation, if it [is] indeed forming, is or will be value-destroying.”

Fox experienced a surge in reputational risk in the summer of 2021, according to reputational risk insurance provider Steel City Re’s resilience monitor. […] “Reputation risk is usually triggered by missed expectations,” Kossovsky said. “Arguably, stakeholders expected that Rupert Murdoch would once again pull the organization back from the brink after an ethically questionable strategy went sour. They’ve been disappointed.”

September 5, 2023

“ESG risk is just one more thing under the big heading of ‘reputation risk’,” Kossovsky said

“Lightning does strike,” (Kossovsky) said, but firms that can demonstrate that they have developed effective governance systems and implemented thoughtful risk management experience a much different impact: “That’s where enterprise risk management creates value.”

February 28, 2023

Companies need an authenticated forward-looking oversight process to manage risk strategically.

“For the first time since its landmark Caremark decision, the Delaware Chancery Court has allowed a breach of oversight claim to proceed against a corporate officer when it declined to dismiss claims brought by stockholders against David Fairhurst, McDonald’s former head of human resources…”.[kos] The bottom line is that law and society are expecting better management and oversight—a touch of common sense many would say—and that disappointment (read, shift in expectations leading to anger and disappointment, aka, reputation crisis) is playing out in the courts….Companies and boards need a solid, universally applicable management and oversight process that is forward-looking to manage risk strategically. The quality of that process needs to be proactively authenticated with insurance. Compliance-focused controls, which by design are backward looking—and the audits that authenticate them—are necessary but with the evolving expectations of society, apparently no longer sufficient.