Control Management Practice Benchmark

  • 18 September 2018

In 2017, ORX conducted a research project aimed at understanding how financial firms manage their control management frameworks. In response to the strong interest from ORX members for this project, we conducted further research in this area to run the Control management benchmark in mid-2018, which is now complete. You can download the summary report below. 

In this practice benchmark study, we developed a matrix assessing six key areas of control management practices. Using the matrix, project participants then self-assessed the maturity of their practices against the benchmark. As well as receiving the maturity matrix, each participant also received a customised report showing their individual results against those of the industry. The benchmark served as a tool to identify strengths in control management practices, as well as areas for improvement.

Download the summary report below for more details. Or, buy your own copy of the Practice Benchmark to see how your practice compares.

Control management practice benchmark summary report

The maturity matrix

The maturity matrix identified six areas of control management practices with up to four sub-areas. For each of the sub-areas, criteria were developed against which firms self-assessed at three stages of development.


The project report

In addition to receiving a customised benchmark report, participants received a project report, which highlighted the key findings from the study. The project report shows that, while firms are progressing, even those leading the industry feel they have some way to go.

Controls diagram

The figure on the left provides an overview of the average stage of development in each of the six focus areas of control management. At first glance, the figure seems to indicate a classic evolution of practice that starts with the development of the written framework and associated roles and responsibilities (i.e. areas 1 and 2), before moving onto implementation and embedding of the tools and processes (i.e. areas 3 to 6).

In addition to highlighting the main study findings, the report looks in more detail at each of the main maturity areas this benchmark explored and identifies where the main opportunities are for improving your control management practices.

Request your own Control Management Practice Benchmark report

All of our Practice Benchmarks are available for free to our members and cost just £1,000 for non-members (only financial organisations are able to take part).

If you buy the Control Management Practice Benchmark, you'll receive an organisation-level benchmark report showing where your practice sits against the other participants and a 16-page report exploring the overall findings from our survey covering:

  • The control environment
  • Frameworks
  • Definitions
  • Taxonomies and libraries
  • Control activities and monitoring and more...
Request the Control Management Practice Benchmark for your financial organisation

About ORX Practice Benchmarks

ORX Practice Benchmarks explore specific areas of operational and non-financial risk practice in detail. They help you understand what is standard practice across the industry, in which areas you are ahead of your peers and, importantly, where you could improve.

We've already conducted a number of practice benchmarks. Whether you're a member of ORX or not, you can request an individual report for any of the benchmarks we've carried out at any time.

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