Governance and compliance are terms that are often used interchangeably to describe the “law and order” part of procurement’s responsibilities. That being said, they are not quite the same thing. Governance captures the rules in place regarding purchasing and spend management, while compliance is the adherence to (and/or enforcement of) those rules. In a perfect world, governance is what you do and compliance is what you get in return.
“Risk” Is in the Eye of the Beholder
I am still amazed at how the conversation about a broad topic such as risk is dependent on the individual I am speaking with, and more often will just be focused on contract management.
CFO’s Bread and Butter: Compliance & Risk
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Compliance and risk are no different. While procurement may see compliance and risk management as being a few rungs up their strategic maturity ladder, for finance — and legal, I might add — they are the bedrock of our existence in the organization. If a CFO isn’t focused on ensuring compliance and risk management, he or she isn’t going to be in that job for very long.