TPRM Success: 5 Signs You’re on the Right Path

June 11th, 2024 Hannah Tichansky Reading Time: 4 minutes
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There are multiple signs that indicate your TPRM success framework is on the right track.

Organizations with a comprehensive understanding of risks across all third parties and a compliant, scalable, communicative, and automated risk management strategy are on the path to success.

Along with remaining compliant and developing a strong business reputation, companies with successful TPRM software and strategies reap other benefits, such as having an advantage over competitors when responding to risks, improved decision-making, operational resilience, and cost efficiency.

How to Evaluate TPRM Success

One important area to first take note of is to continuously check in with your third-party risk management policy to look for potential weak spots and areas for improvement.

When assessing your TPRM to determine success, consider the following indicators:

  1. Proactive & Predictable: Evaluate whether your approach allows you to foresee and proactively address potential threats. A successful TPRM strategy not only anticipates future risks but also implements preventive measures to mitigate their impact.
  2. Measured & Controlled: Review the systems in place that allow you to measure the effectiveness of your program. Ensure that your controls are understood and followed by all personnel, from entry-level employees to top stakeholders.

A lack of confidence in these areas means you’ll need to refine your strategy to better align with key third-party risk management principles. These elements will contribute significantly to your organization’s security, reputation, and operational integrity.

What Does a Successful TPRM Look Like?

A successful TPRM is a well-oiled machine where every component operates harmoniously with streamlined functionality.

In this ideal state, businesses anticipate potential threats through predictive analytics and actively employ strategies and cutting-edge technologies to minimize and mitigate risks.

Organizations with successful TPRM strategies will:

  • Have a system in place to measure success using specific metrics.
  • Ensure everyone involved in the business understands how the TPRM program works.
  • Maintain a dynamic nature, allowing it to evolve and adapt in response to new challenges constantly.
  • Use scalable solutions that integrate seamlessly with existing business processes, preserving and enhancing operational resilience and strategic objectives over time.
  • Utilize automation to streamline processes, reduce human error, and enhance efficiency in monitoring and managing third-party relationships.

These assessments allow for more rapid response to potential issues, increased security, and enhanced regulatory compliance. This safeguards against potential threats, drives sustainable growth, and builds stakeholder trust.

What Are the Success Indicators of an Effective Risk Management Process?

Let’s discuss five critical success factors that define a dependable and effective TPRM process.

  1. Visibility
  2. Scalability
  3. Compliance
  4. Communication
  5. Automation


When we speak about an organization’s ability to identify risks, we’re talking much more broadly than one might assume. Organizations must have a clear view of all third-party relationships and internal processes. Comprehensive visibility is essential for identifying, assessing, and mitigating risks before they escalate into critical issues.

This level of visibility can be achieved by implementing processes designed to measure TPRM through each stage of your third party’s lifecycle. This should include:

  • Utilizing Dynamic Questionnaires: Perform due diligence with surveys that adapt based on the responses provided to make sure relevant risk factors are thoroughly explored.
  • Integrated, Centralized Risk Management Solutions: Tools that consolidate data across various sources to provide a unified view of risks.
  • Regular Risk Assessments and Due Diligence: Scheduled evaluations that provide a holistic view of the organization’s risk levels.


TPRM processes must be scalable to accommodate an organization’s growth and evolution. As businesses expand, they encounter new risks, technologies, and markets, making developing and maintaining a flexible system vital.

This system should adapt to changes and integrate new elements without compromising third-party risk management efficacy. Scalability allows organizations to manage risk well, regardless of size or operational complexity.

Developing this level of scalability requires organizations to leverage strategic, agile solutions. Cloud-based TPRM services offer the capacity and ability to handle increasing amounts of data and complex processes, while risk intelligence integrations give additional insights into risk profiles and scoring. Modular frameworks allow adding or modifying components without disrupting existing operations.

Additionally, designing processes that can easily integrate new business products or enter new markets ensures that scalability doesn’t come at the expense of thorough risk management.


Organizations aiming to thrive in the long-term must prioritize developing a mature third-party compliance program. This program should ensure third parties carefully adhere to all relevant laws, regulations, and guidelines to avoid reputational damage, financial losses, and legal penalties.

 Making these optimizations helps follow regulatory demands across the extended enterprise and help safeguard the organization’s integrity and operational continuity.


A successful TPRM program relies heavily on a continuous and open exchange of risk-related information. Good communication means everyone knows the existing risks and understands their roles in risk management. This clarity fosters an organizational culture prioritizing risk awareness and proactive management within the organization itself, as well as across third-party engagements.


TPRM automation minimizes manual errors, saves time, and shifts the risk management team’s focus toward strategic decision-making.

Utilizing workflows and automation tools within your centralized TPRM platform for tasks like risk assessments, continuous monitoring, and reporting improves responsiveness and precision.

TPRM Success Stories

A Fortune 500 consumer goods and retail company transformed its approach to ethical sourcing with the help of Aravo. As board and regulatory demands intensify, particularly around Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) standards and ethics, ensuring compliance across third parties and supply chains has never been more critical.

This company’s journey with Aravo led to significant advancements in its ethical sourcing program, such as:

  • Integration of Strategic Programs: A more integrated, federated approach to third-party risk management was implemented. This ensures that ethical considerations are woven into the fabric of broader risk management practices, enhancing oversight and coherence.
  • Enhanced Efficiency through Automation: Automation technologies were implemented, streamlining processes for both internal stakeholders and external partners. This shift not only improved operational efficiency but also allowed the team to focus more on strategic decision-making rather than routine tasks.
  • Time Savings in Reporting: The automation and integration efforts resulted in significant time savings in business reporting, enabling faster decision-making and more responsive management practices.
  • Improved Program Governance: With these changes, the company has seen a marked improvement in program governance, ensuring that ethical sourcing policies are optimized.

Download the full case study to dive deeper into their story and the tangible benefits they reaped.

Have You Achieved TPRM Success?

If your organization is missing any of these critical TPRM success indicators, it’s essential to take action.

Contact the experts at Aravo to discover how our third-party risk management solutions can help you achieve these key signs of success and secure your business’s future.

Hannah Tichansky

Hannah Tichansky is the Senior Content Marketing Manager at Aravo Solutions, the market’s smartest third-party risk and resilience solutions, powered by intelligent automation. At Aravo, she manages all content and thought leadership produced for products and campaigns, and contributes as an author for articles and blog posts.

Hannah holds over 12 years of writing and marketing experience, with 6 years of specialization in the risk management, supply chain, and ESG industries. Hannah holds an MA from Monmouth University and a Certificate in Product Marketing from Cornell University.

Hannah Tichansky is the Senior Content Marketing Manager at Aravo Solutions, the market’s smartest third-party risk and resilience solutions, powered by intelligent automation. At Aravo, she manages all content and thought leadership produced for products and campaigns, and contributes as an author for articles and blog posts.

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