According to Accenture’s new study titled, Compliance’s Seat at the Table – Hard to Earn, Hard to Retain, Compliance risk management in the banking and capital markets sectors has grown in size and stature in the wake of recent industry events.
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The key concern now is whether such growing importance has achieved the required shift in behaviors and whether compliance programs can sustain the investment required to maintain their seat at the table and become a true strategic business partner.

Compliance risk management is at a critical juncture in its evolution toward a control function that is relevant and can establish long term stature and respect within financial service organizations.

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Key Findings

The size and shape of compliance programs continue to evolve

Thirty-one percent of respondents state their compliance programs report to the Board, with another 40 percent reporting to the CEO.

Further investment is needed to achieve strategic goals

Sixty-five percent of banking and capital markets firms expect to increase their investment in compliance risk management at a rate of 10 percent or more over the next two years.

The competition for talent has become a barrier to success

Thirty-four percent are looking for compliance talent to hire and 46 percent are planning to expand their compliance teams.

About the research

Accenture’s 2014 Compliance Study was based on interviews with compliance officers at 100 banking and capital markets firms across Europe and North America

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