Executive Perspectives on Top Risks for 2023 and 2032

Key issues being discussed around the globe in the boardroom and C-suite

The level of uncertainty in today’s global marketplace and the velocity of change continue to produce a multitude of potential risks that can disrupt an organisation’s business model and strategy on very short notice. Unfolding events in Eastern Europe, changes in government leadership in several countries around the globe, escalating inflation, rising interest rates, ever-present cyber threats, competition for talent and specialised skill sets, continued disruptions in global supply chains, rapidly developing technologies … these represent just a sampling of the complex web of drivers of risks that may threaten an organisation’s achievement of its objectives. Uncertainty and risk are here to stay. Keeping abreast of emerging risk issues and market opportunities is critical to improving organisational resilience.

To help executives and boards better identify potential risks on the horizon, Protiviti and NC State University’s ERM Initiative are pleased to provide this report focusing on the top risks currently on the minds of boards of directors and senior executives around the globe. This report contains results from our 11th annual worldwide risk survey of more than 1,300 directors and executives to obtain their views on the extent to which a broad collection of risks is likely to affect their organisations over the next year — 2023. In addition to insights about near-term risks in 2023, we also asked respondents to consider how these risks will affect their organisations a decade from now (in 2032).

We appreciate the support our annual survey continues to receive from board members and C-level executives around the world. I believe that the insights and recommendations in this report reflect the challenges and opportunities of our times and merit close attention in the boardroom and C-suite.
Pat Scott

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Executives are signaling that all of the risks examined are highly relevant, demonstrating that organisations need to be scanning the horizon not only with a lens on operations within the organisation but also with an external view that considers emerging macroeconomic and strategic shifts.
Mark Beasley


Esen Orhan
Coming into the firm with a broad range of international business experience, Esen joined Protiviti in 2006 as an associate director. She is experienced in business process optimization, finance transformation, and risk management thus combining hands on operational ...
Marc Geleijn
Marc joined Protiviti Amsterdam in september 2006, after finishing a 14 months fulltime international MBA at the Amsterdam school of business, in the Netherlands. After joining Protiviti, Marc gained extensive experience in finance/process optimisation, internal audit, ...