Origen Financial Services was founded in March 2005 following Aegon’s acquisition of five leading financial services business. The ceding companies that were combined to form Origen have a history of providing financial advice and guidance in the UK for 129 years. Origen Financial Services is one of the UK’s largest financial consultants with over 240 employees servicing private clients, small and medium sized corporate customers as well as some of the largest organisations in the UK.
As a subsidiary of a major organisation, Origen Financial Services is required to operate their risk and other processes in alignment with global corporate standards, balanced with their own operational needs.
In the past, this had left the company either:
The absence of an easy risk collaboration tool also meant that tracking progress and completion of associated countermeasures and actions was extremely labour intensive and only able to be compiled for high value reviews and meetings.
Compiling and collating information was very time consuming and expanded to the main task of the risk team. There was very little time available to analyse the data for trends, patterns and to optimize risk resolution efforts.
AdaptiveGRC Enterprise Risk Manager has been the first tool we have used that has been able to meet our needs and help bring our Risk Management capabilities to a new level.
Thanks to using the AdaptiveGRC Risk Manager module, the Origen Financial Services Risk team was able to get much better visibility of their risks overall. They could analyse risk by department, by owner, by risk type, by regulation, by risk status and more. In the past this was a time consuming manual process taken from a variety of spreadsheets often not 100% up to date.
Having all risks in one flexible and synchronized system allowed the company to better understand and evaluate their risk measurement parameters and expand their method of measurement (new category of risk measurement implemented, designed for AdaptiveGRC Enterprise Risk Manager – “Risk Manageability”).
The unique risk consultancy function of AdaptiveGRC Enterprise Risk Manager enabled others in the company to propose changes to the risk, and the applicable countermeasures, while ensuring that each risk still has an accountable risk owner. Such an approach naturally increases the speed with which the risk is elaborated and analysed.
Any item associated with the risk (action, countermeasure and others) would be tracked more efficiently than previously, and the system would generate automatic notifications if they were running behind schedule or hit other specific notification criteria. This created for Origen Financial Services further efficiency savings, reduced administration work, improved action resolution, and leads to decreasing risk.