IRM, India Affiliate partners with Tata Consumer Products to integrate and strengthen Enterprise Risk Management in the FMCG sector

Both organizations will work towards building risk-intelligence and resilience to drive best practices
IRM, India Affiliate partners with Tata Consumer Products to integrate and strengthen Enterprise Risk Management in the FMCG sector
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IRM India Affiliate has entered into knowledge partnership by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Tata Consumer Products to build resilience and promote the need for and importance of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) in the FMCG industry. IRM is the world’s leading professional body for ERM qualifications and examinations across 140+ countries and Tata Consumer Products is an Indian FMCG company and a part of Tata Group.

Tata Consumer Products (TCP) is among the leading food & beverage companies in India with a vision to become a multi-category FMCG company. The maturity of TCP’s risk management is a testament to our commitment to sound and responsible business practices. Over the years, the company has cultivated a robust risk management culture spanning every facet of our business operations. This proactive approach in identifying, assessing, and mitigating risks has evolved to meet the ever-changing risk landscape in FMCG industry. TCP has implemented an effective ERM follow-up mechanism by leveraging on in-house assessment cum monitoring tools and risk intelligence analytics to, built a team of in-house subject matter experts, and fostered a company-wide inclusion of risk management as an integral part of strategic decision-making.

As a part of this knowledge partnership, both IRM India Affiliate and Tata Consumer Products will be organizing webinars, roundtables, industry meetings, and contributing thought leadership articles towards knowledge building and enhancing ERM and risk intelligence for the sector.

Speaking about the collaboration, Aien Noorul, head - Global Internal Audit and Risk Management, Tata Consumer Products, said, "We are thrilled to join hands with the Institute of Risk Management (IRM) as the knowledge partner for the FMCG industry. Our collaboration with IRM stands as a testament to our successful deployment of matured ERM practices as well as our commitment to collectively drive the adoption of ERM practices across the industry. This collaboration offers a platform to share our expertise and exchange ideas with fellow professionals to foster a culture of more resilient businesses.”

On this collaboration, L Krishna Kumar, executive director and Group chief financial officer, Tata Consumer Products, said, "We have a well-developed risk management practice in the FMCG industry developed over the past several years. Today, Risk Management is an integral part of decision-making at Tata Consumer Products, aided by a robust risk management culture. Our association with IRM will further strengthen our journey towards business resilience and drive global thought leadership & best practices in enterprise risk management."

The collaboration is part of IRM India Affiliate’s mission of developing a robust ecosystem of risk-intelligent organizations across sectors with an aim to build a resilient and self-reliant India. IRM has recently entered into knowledge partnerships with leading organizations including, Cipla, UltraTech, IHCL, NIMSME (Ministry of MSME), AICTE (Ministry of Education) and more. IRM India Affiliate has also recently welcomed representatives from international bodies like ISO and COSO as external Board Advisors.

Elaborating on the collaboration with Tata Consumer Products, Hersh Shah, chief executive officer, IRM India Affiliate, said, “This knowledge partnership is a milestone for FMCG sector as it will help drive the importance of robust risk culture in the sector, through sharing of best enterprise risk practices across platforms. Our global philosophy is well aligned with TCPL's long-term strategy towards excellence in ERM.”

The key risk areas identified were related to commodity sourcing, supply chain, sales and distribution, brand equity, regulatory and cyber risks. The COVID pandemic has demonstrated the importance of having a robust, scalable, and secure business continuity model to ensure we are able to continue delighting our consumers.

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