Risk committee charter

Wednesday, 01 January 2020

The risk committee assists the board in the oversight of the company’s risk management policies and processes.

Principle 7 of the ASX Corporate Governance Council’s Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations1 (ASX Principles) states: “A listed entity should establish a sound risk management framework and periodically review the effectiveness of that framework”.

The ASX Principles suggest that the role of a risk committee is usually to review and make recommendations to the board in relation to:

  • the adequacy of the entity’s processes for managing risk; 
  • any incident involving fraud or other break down of the entity’s internal controls; and 
  • the entity’s insurance program, having regard to the entity’s business and the insurable risks associated with its business.

Where a company does not have a risk committee, then the audit committee may be tasked with exercising that function and thereby have the responsibilities of a risk committee.

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