Risk Governance Framework
Under our risk management framework, the Board and management are responsible for identifying and analysing the risks underlying the achievement of business objectives and for determining how such risks should be managed and mitigated.
As summarised in the following diagram, the Board oversees management of the design, implementation and monitoring of risk management and internal control systems. Management provides confirmation to the Board, through its Audit Committee, on the effectiveness of these systems.
The management of risks is subject to audit by GIAD with support from specialist external consultants, where necessary.
Completing the Review of our ERM System
Our Enterprise Risk Management (“ERM”) System helps us identify, analyse and manage business risks. Risk identification, analysis and management processes are completed on a regular basis throughout the year and the results help to guide our business decisions.
Our Corporate Risk Register incorporates SD-related risks, such as climate-related risks. We have also integrated SD factors into our corporate risk analysis.
In 2019, we held a workshop to identify new risks and evaluated their potential impacts on the business. To validate the findings, in 2020 we conducted a risk dimensioning workshop and two virtual risk identification workshops with business unit leaders and department heads in Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland respectively. The major risks of the company were reviewed, validated and ranked in the workshops. A new dashboard format for the Corporate Risk Register was also adopted, facilitating a clearer and more precise presentation of our risk profile.
The following table provides an overview of our risk profile, including what we consider to be Swire Properties’ principal existing and emerging risks, possible associated impacts, and mitigation measures that are in place or under development. Many of these mitigation measures refer to activities discussed in more detail elsewhere in this report.
Existing Risks and Possible Impacts
Severe disruption to the business caused by acts of humans or acts of nature may lead to adverse financial impacts.
Changes in global and local political landscape and priorities may lead to significant impacts on the business environment.
The lack of compelling development projects and any business disruption may lead to a slowdown in business pipeline affecting financial performance.
Brand and Image
The failure to maintain brand position and brand perception may lead to a reduced business profile and less competitive proposition.
Delays in the completion of developments may cause substantial financial impacts on property sales and leasing.
Emerging Risks and Possible Impacts
Extreme weather conditions and climate changes may increase the risks of physical damage to properties and adversely affect their valuations.