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A haphazard department and document centric approach for third party GRC compounds the problem and does not solve it. It is time for organizations to step back and mature their third party GRC approaches with a cross-functional and coordinated strategy and team to define and govern third party relationships. Organizations need to mature their third party governance with an integrated strategy, process, and architecture to manage the ecosystem of third party relationships with real-time information about third party performance, risk, and compliance, as well as how it impacts the organization.
GRC 20/20 has developed the Third Party GRC Maturity Model to articulate maturity in the Third Party GRC processes and provide organizations with a roadmap to support acceleration through their maturity journey.
There are five stages to the model:
Today we look at Stage 3, the Defined level of Third Party GRC
The Defined stage suggests that the organization has some areas of third-party GRC that are managed well at a department level, but it lacks integration to address third-party risk across departments. Organizations in the Defined stage will have defined processes for third-party GRC in some departments or business functions, but there is no consistency. Third party GRC processes have the beginning of an integrated information architecture supported by technology and ongoing reporting. Accountability and oversight for certain domains such as bribery and corruption risk and compliance, and/or information security are beginning to emerge.
Characteristics of the Defined Maturity stage are:
Key elements that identify an organization is at the Defined stage are:
Organizations in the Defined Maturity stage answer many of the following questions affirmatively:
After reflecting on these points, it is time to next ask: is your organization at the Defined stage of Third Party GRC Maturity?
Aravo, leveraging the GRC 20/20’s Third Party GRC Maturity Model: A New Paradigm in Governing Third Party Relationships research report, Aravo has built the Third Party Risk Management Maturity Calculator that takes this deeper and provides insight on how to improve your organization’s maturity and approach.
Aravo, leveraging the GRC 20/20’s Third Party GRC Maturity Model: A New Paradigm in Governing Third Party Relationships research report, has built the Third-Party Risk Management Maturity Calculator that takes this deeper and provides insight on how to improve your organization’s maturity and approach.