Today’s geopolitical risk environment is fraught with a wide variety of tripwires to corporate operations, share value and reputation. The early warning and expertise of RWR is designed to help navigate these risks with forward-looking, empirically based insights.

 

A vari­ety of uncon­ven­tional risk fac­tors face com­pa­nies oper­at­ing inter­na­tion­ally. Although com­pli­ance depart­ments have long focused on the “tech­ni­cally ille­gal” dimen­sions of a company’s track record, a sig­nif­i­cant amount of risk resides in the “gray area” of tech­ni­cally legal activ­ity that is still exposed to neg­a­tive mar­ket pres­sures.

Merely com­ply­ing with offi­cial sanc­tions and des­ig­na­tions and under­stand­ing the lines between the illicit and licit worlds is no longer suf­fi­cient. Cor­po­rate rep­u­ta­tions and share value are being harmed just as fre­quently by dis­clo­sures com­ing from the media, leg­is­la­tors, pol­icy-mak­ers, activist groups and other con­stituen­cies that have lit­tle to do with the “let­ter of the law.” As a result, global secu­rity risk fac­tors rep­re­sent some of the least under­stood, yet poten­tially most harm­ful, forms of asym­met­ric risk in the mar­kets.

Com­pa­nies require early warn­ing and sound coun­sel con­cern­ing how their global activ­i­ties will be per­ceived by the mar­kets — not just how they will be judged by the enforce­ment divi­sions of var­i­ous gov­ern­ment agen­cies. Asset man­agers and insti­tu­tional investors have need for sim­i­lar infor­ma­tion.

Knowl­edge is also impor­tant across a range of other issues in the “polit­i­cal risk” domain that have become more promi­nent lately, includ­ing U.S. pol­i­tics and the bilat­eral rela­tion­ships between key allies as well as among com­peti­tors and adver­saries. RWR has decades of expe­ri­ence pro­vid­ing early warn­ing and sit­u­a­tional aware­ness in these areas.