Enterprise risk management (ERM) is an organization’s enterprise risk competence—the ability to understand, control, and articulate the nature and level of risks taken in pursuit of business strategies—coupled with accountability for risks taken and activities engaged in, which contributes to increased confidence shown by stakeholders.
The basic concept of enterprise risk management has been applied, more or less, in several industries for well over a decade. The changing regulatory environment, economic turmoil, and growing complexity of products, tools, and risks has, among other influences, helped to launch the practice of enterprise risk management into the financial services area. In this respect ERM—in the banking world—is very much in its early development, though much progress has been made.
By definition, the business of banking exposes the organization to a wide variety of risks. The ERM framework is designed to support the depth and breadth of activities by providing a structured approach for identifying, measuring, controlling, and reporting on the significant risks faced by an organization. Specific risk management (e.g., credit, operational, market), capital management, and liquidity management provide the essential underpinnings to an ERM framework.
RMA provides practical ERM guidance to members by offering an array of products and services tailored to the size and complexity of our member institutions:
What is ERM?
Benchmarking Services and Studies
- RMA/AFS Risk Analysis Service
- Community Bank CECL Service NEW!
- Community Bank Risk Management Staffing Study, March 2013
- Key Findings from RMA's CRO 'Span of Control' Survey (PDF), RMA Journal, November 2012
- RMA/McKinsey Enterprise Risk Management Global Banking Survey 2012/13
- RMA Protiviti Risk Culture Survey Report, From Theory to Evolving Practice (PDF), RMA Journal, December 2013–January 2014
- We have developed a dynamic online tool to capture and report on the state of risk culture. To find out how your organization's risk culture compares with the survey benchmark, click here
- The Critical Nature of Data Quality (PDF), key findings from RMA AFS Data Quality Survey, RMA Journal, November 2012
round table meetings provide an exceptional opportunity for you to meet with
peers from other financial institutions to discuss important issues in
enterprise risk. Many of your colleagues already attend round table
meetings developed and facilitated by RMA, and they often comment that it is
the best meeting they attend all year because of the open, participant-led
discussions and sharing of ideas and best practices.
participation is by invitation (to ensure quality of discussion among
participants having common interests), RMA and the steering committees for
these events would like to ensure that members of the RMA community are aware
of the round tables that are coming up. Please share this schedule with
- Chief Data Officer Round Table, May 24 - 25, Charlotte, NC
- Credit & Risk Training Managers Round Table, September 21 - 22, Charlotte, NC
- Pre-Provision Net Revenue Round Table, October 25 - 26, Atlanta, GA
- ERM Round Table, November 2 - 3, Atlanta, GA
- Board of Director's Risk & Audit Chairs Round Table, November 14, Dallas, TX
Regulatory Guidance (Must be an RMA Member to Access)
- Board Governance and Reporting Workbook
- Risk Appetite Workbook
- Scenario Analysis and Stress Testing Workbook for Community Banks
Comments or questions relating to enterprise risk management within RMA may be addressed to Mark Zmiewski, Director, Enterprise Risk & Product Management or Stacy Germano, Associate Director, Enterprise Risk & Product Management.