Executive Perspectives on Top Risks for 2024 and 2034 Key issues discussed in the boardroom and C-suite The ever-changing risk landscape and the overall perceived magnitude and severity of risks should prompt boards and executives to scrutinize closely the approaches they use to remain focused on emerging risk issues and to integrate those insights into strategic decision-making.The 12th annual Top Risks Survey report highlights top-of-mind issues for directors and executives around the globe over the next year - 2024 - and a decade later – 2034.Now is an opportune time for C-suite executives and their boards to examine closely where to invest – not only to innovate and grow but also to manage risks, preserve market image and branding, and foster a strong recovery when the economy is free of headwinds.Given the long-term risk landscape, two questions arise for leaders:What steps should we undertake or continue over the near term to ensure our organization is sufficiently agile and resilient to thrive in a decade of disruption?If our organization is being disrupted, how would we know and when would we know it? The focus today is on agility and resilience as much as it is on prevention and detection. Get Exclusive Access to Top Risks Insights Our Top Risks content goes beyond just one report. By opting in, you'll stay ahead of the curve and receive our latest Top Risks insights directly to your inbox. Sign Up Now executives identify “cyber threats” as a long-term Top 5 risk. of leaders flag "economic conditions" as a top risk in 2024. of leaders identify “attracting and retaining talent” as a top risk in 2034. Periodic risk management is insufficient in today’s rapidly changing environment. Top 10 Risks in 2024 and 2034 Top 10 Risks in 2024 Economic conditions, including inflationary pressuresAbility to attract, develop and retain top talent, manage shifts in labor expectations, and address succession challengesCyber threatsThird-party risksHeightened regulatory changes and scrutinyAdoption of digital technologies requiring new skills in short supplyExisting operations and legacy IT infrastructure unable to meet performance expectations as well as “born digital” competitorsChange in current interest rate environmentIncreases in labor costsEnsuring privacy and compliance with growing identity protection expectations Top 10 Risks in 2034 Cyber threatsAbility to attract, develop and retain top talent, manage shifts in labor expectations, and address succession challengesAdoption of digital technologies requiring new skills in short supplyRapid speed of disruptive innovations enabled by new and emerging technologies and/or other market forcesHeightened regulatory changes and scrutinyThird-party risksEconomic conditions, including inflationary pressuresExisting operations and legacy IT infrastructure unable to meet performance expectations as well as “born digital” competitorsIncreases in labor costsInability to utilize rigorous data analytics to achieve market intelligence and increase productivity and efficiency Analysis Breakdown By Industry By Executive Position By Geography By Organization Size & Type By Industry There is a marked contrast in perspectives across industry groups about specific risk concerns, supporting the view that industry context is important to consider.But given that certain types of organizations’ business models may not fit neatly into a single industry category, reviewing differences in risk concerns across multiple industries may help tease out risks that otherwise could be overlooked.Sign up to be notified when insights from these industry groups are released:Consumer Products and ServicesEnergy and UtilitiesFinancial ServicesGovernmentHealthcareHigher EducationManufacturing and DistributionPrivate EquityTechnology, Media and Telecommunications By Executive Position The results reflect how different roles offer varying perspectives when assessing risks in disparate environments and over longer versus shorter time horizons.The variation in perspectives calls for more discussion in the C-suite and boardroom to better understand the distinctive views of the risk landscape and obtain a clearer view of the organization’s risk profile.Sign up to be notified when insights from these executive positions are released:Board MemberChief Audit ExecutivesChief Data/Digital OfficersChief Executive OfficersChief Financial OfficersChief Human Resources OfficersChief Information/Technology OfficersChief Legal Officers/General CounselsChief Risk OfficersChief Strategy/Innovation Officers By Geography The variation in the nature and types of risks included in the top five risks for the eight geographic regions is worth noting. Sign up to be notified when insights from these geographic regions are released:Africa HQ OrganizationsAustralia/New Zealand HQ OrganizationsAsia HQ OrganizationsEurope HQ OrganizationsIndia HQ OrganizationsLatin America/South America HQ OrganizationsMiddle East HQ OrganizationsNorth America HQ Organizations By Organization Size & Type Organizations of all sizes perceive the overall, long-term magnitude and severity of risks as higher than two years ago, even though the near-term risk assessment has decreased slightly.This suggests some general improvement in risk conditions year-over-year, but long-term caution remains.Sign up to be notified when insights from these demographics are released:Organization Type: Governmental organizations Not-for-profit organizations Privately held for-profit companies with IPO plans Privately held for-profit companies with no IPO plans Public companiesOrganization Size: Revenues $10 billion or greater Revenues $1 billion to $9.99 billion Revenues $100 million to $999 million Revenues less than $100 million Download materials and resources Pro Briefcase Executive summary This executive summary provides an overview of the overall risk concerns for 2024 and 2034, followed by a series of calls to action. 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