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GRC Professional : GRC Autumn 2013
AS WITH MOST OF OUR MEMBERS, THE FIRST FEW MONTHS OF 2013 have been a busy time for ACI. Not only are we in the midst of planning for our annual conference (October 30 - November 1 in Melbourne), but we are also putting in place the business plan a nd budget for 2013/14. In early April, ACI, in conjunction with Standards Australia, hosted the first meeting of ISO committee PC271. This is the international committee charged with turning AS/NZS 3806 into an ISO standard over the next two to three years. To recap, this meeting follows our efforts over the past few years to convert the Australian and New Zealand standard for compliance programs into an internationally recognised best practice benchmark. We concluded the meeting with a first draft of the standard that will be sent to ISO member nations for comment and ballot. The good news for ACI members is that the broad principles of the Australian and New Zealand standard that underpin many of our compliance frameworks have been accepted by the committee members and will form the basis of the new standard (Draft ISO Standard 1836). Our group photo of those in attendance in Sydney is on page 6. Delegates from many countries complimented Australia on its ability to produce such an effective and far-sighted document. Members who are familiar with the structure of the present standard will, however, notice some significant differences in how the standard has been formatted. The present standard is known as a 'guidance' standard. The new version will be a Management System Standard -- Type B. This means it is still a guidance standard, but it must be written in the format of a Management System Standard. This may sound complex, but ACI members will be a long way ahead of the game once the final standard is produced and adopted. Talking about standards, on a completely different tack some of Australia's sports have not been living up to the high standards that spectators, regulators and administrators expect. In this issue we go beyond those headlines about doping and bad behaviour in the Australian Olympic swimming team to look at how a culture of winning at all costs in sport has added up to multiple failures in governance, risk and compliance. On another front, food mislabelling has come under close scrutiny by the ACCC, resulting in some successful prosecutions that will hopefully prove a deterrent to other food producer s who think they can get away with deceiving their customers about the way they grow or process their produce. We canvas this issue and, further on in the magazine, provide some important 'take-aways' for our members about how to engage Boards on risk management. Finally, a warm welcome to our new president Alf Esteban, whom I look forward to working with in the months ahead on many important issues and events, including the GRC conference. Draft from first meeting for new ISO standard MD'S MESSAGE Martin Tolar CCP, Managing Director, ACI 4 GRC Professional • Autumn 2013
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