Third party risk management “remains top business concern” for procurement and compliance professionals

Data and analytics specialist Dun & Bradstreet’s latest in-depth survey of procurement and compliance professionals has revealed that customer/vendor due diligence and ongoing supplier/vendor monitoring are among their foremost concerns, yet many companies have struggled to implement automation in their third party risk programmes in order to help combat these issues.

Businesses need to know with whom they’re doing business. A seemingly obvious pursuit, however, remains a primary challenge across industries. Understanding third party relationships – the multi-layered tiers of vendor and supplier connections – is a critical need unmet for many companies. With this in mind, Dun & Bradstreet has now made available D&B Compass, the organisation’s all-new third party risk management solution powered by Artificial Intelligence that allows for comprehensive due diligence and monitoring at all levels of customer, supplier and third party relationships.

“Organisations are still struggling to glean true insights because their data’s spread out and housed in disparate systems across the company,” said Brian Alster, global head of procurement and compliance at Dun & Bradstreet. “Using automated solutions that manage data and workflow to monitor and report problems can save companies time and money, which then ultimately leads to more profitable growth.”

The lag in automation adoption by organisations may be rooted in a number of issues ranging from difficulty integrating systems after mergers or acquisitions through to a lack of consistent data. The complexities in successfully collecting and screening third party data continue to grow, but it’s imperative for deeper due diligence.

In fact, over half of the survey respondents reported that their organisations had been subject to fraud in the last two years, with many citing failure of their monitoring tools to detect changes in entities as a contributing factor. Harnessing business insights is increasingly important for compliance and procurement professionals to help mitigate risk to their reputations. This can be achieved by implementing a single, automated workflow.

D&B Compass creates a seamless on-boarding experience by working across data system structures to create aggregated views of third party entities. Having a near real-time and useful view of potential and current business relationships can enable companies to screen efficiently and on-board faster, as well as monitor entities throughout the entire lifecycle of a relationship.

By realising cost savings and reduced time to on-board, businesses can focus on scaling a flexible programme configured to respond to today’s dynamic business landscape and regulations.

*For more information about D&B Compass and Dun & Bradstreet’s risk management solutions visit

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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