Public Risk Forum

Strategic Focus: “Integrated governance of values”. 

It is an European initiative (since 2005*) to convocate its network focused on the achievement and securing of public values and specifically on t he management of public risks within corporate (public organisations) as well as within the public domain of the city and region.

The forum is focused on sharing knowledge and experience, on the acceptation of public risk management as an indispensable link for successful governance as well as caring about the underlying resilience of governing (government, system world) and governed (society, living world) systems.

Since 2007 and throughout Europe PRIMO organises round tables, seminars and think tanks with these starting points as guidance. It cooperates with European organisations and universities.

*The strategic focus of this forum is as concept formulated during the foundation in Strasbourg, 1 April 2005 and internationally approved by the board of PRIMO Europe in Dublin, 14 March 2007.

The Last Time Democracy Almost Died

Jill Lepore The last time democracy nearly died all over the world and almost all at once, Americans argued about it, and then they tried to fix it. “The future of democracy is topic number one in the animated discussion going on all over America,” a contributor to the New York Times wrote in 1937.  Read more

Closer than ever: It is 100 seconds to midnight

Humanity continues to face two simultaneous existential dangers—nuclear war and climate change— that are compounded by a threat multiplier, cyber-enabled information warfare, that undercuts society’s ability to respond. The international security situation is dire, not just because these threats exist, but because world leaders have allowed the international political infrastructure for managing them to erode. Read more

Keynote speech by President von der Leyen at the World Economic Forum

Video “The World Economic Forum stands for multilateralism, global cooperation, listening to each other, and ideas for the future. Some say the global order as we have built together in these 50 years is outdated. And whether we agree or not, we all have to recognise that it has been challenged every day. This is not about one President, one […]

Risk Management Practices Adopted by European Financial Firms with a Mediterranean Connection

Simon Grima and Frank Bezzina Following the economic and financial crises, any activity involv ing internal controls, especially risk management, has been given more attention. With this study, we aim to contribute further to the existing literature on risk management by looking at practices adopted by financial services firms licenced in Europe with a Mediterranean connection. We used parts of […]

How Boeing’s Responsibility in a Deadly Crash ‘Got Buried’

By Chris Hamby In the 2009 and Max accidents, for example, the failure of a single sensor caused systems to misfire, with catastrophic results, and Boeing had not provided pilots with information that could have helped them react to the malfunction. The earlier accident “represents such a sentinel event that was never taken seriously,” said Sidney Dekker, an aviation safety […]

Financial Literacy: The Case of Poland

PRIMO: Financial literacy is essential in the world of public value and risk management. Financial engineering is one of the key factors in our FORTE™ framework for good governance, published by Jack P. Kruf, Simon Grima, Murat Kizilkaya, Jonathan Spiteri, Wouter Slob, John O’Dea in 2019.  Financial literacy is a factor in the quality of decision making. This study shares […]

Global Risks Report 2020

The 15th edition of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2020 is published as critical risks are manifesting. The global economy is facing an increased risk of stagnation, climate change is striking harder and more rapidly than expected, and fragmented cyberspace threatens the full potential of next-generation technologies — all while citizens worldwide protest political and economic conditions and […]

Trust in Regulatory Regimes

Edited by Frédérique Six and Koen Verhoest Within political and administrative sciences generally, trust as a concept is contested, especially in the field of regulatory governance. This groundbreaking book is the first to systematically explore the role and dynamics of trust within regulatory regimes. Conceptualizing, mapping and analyzing trust between regulators, regulatees and citizens, expert contributors systematically review the existing […]

AIG’s Sustainability Journey

Thomas Leonardi Scanning today’s headlines, you don’t have to look far to see that the environment is front and center – from 16-year old climate activist Greta Thunberg being named TIME magazine’s Person of the Year, to the threat rising sea levels pose for our coastal areas, to increased poverty due to the impact of extreme weather events on farming. The […]

Here’s why accountants could be the climate heroes we all need

Zubair Abid Arain Climate change has caused widespread destruction. Environmental degradation was responsible for 9 million premature deaths in 2015, besides causing the economic loss of hundreds of billions of dollars annually… A new accounting standard to account for climate costs might be the right approach – and there are multiple reasons why this could nudge emitters in the right direction. […]

Want a better decision? Plan a better meeting

Aaron De Smet, Gregor Jost and Leigh Weiss Effective meetings produce better business decisions. Yet too many decision meetings are doomed from the get-go. You can do better. Decisions are the lifeblood of organizations, and meetings are where important business decisions often happen. Yet many executives are nonplussed—at best—when describing their own experience of meetings. Read more

A Prosperous, Healthy and Happy 2020!

PRIMO wishes its members and partners a Prosperous, Healthy and Happy 2020! What could be better than being able to work together, to share essential points of view, to listen, to make connections, to be able to innovate and to learn. In 2020 we focus on co-creation, good education and strategic management. We see risk management, the discipline where we […]

What Is Public Value? How Can It Be Created & Sustained

Public Value is a theory for public management advanced by Professor Mark Moore of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In 1995, Professor Mark Moore’s seminal book on ‘Public Value’ (Moore, 1995) was published. Over the previous two decades, staff and students at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where Moore taught, engaged in conversations about how to produce excellence in […]

Flipping the script on climate action

Jens Burchardt, Michel Frédeau, Philipp Gerbert, Patrick Herhold, and Cornelius Pieper |  Boston Consultancy Group Around the globe, public pressure to address carbon emissions is increasing. Yet the economic debate around climate action continues to be dominated by skepticism. Regulators and corporations remain reluctant to promote ambitious abatement for fear it might hurt economic competitiveness and growth. This reluctance is […]

Directors and Officers Insurance Insights 2020

The range of exposures facing directors and officers (D&Os) – as well as the resultant claims scenarios – have increased significantly in recent years. With corporate management under the spotlight like never before, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) experts provide both a reflection of the current state of the D&O insurance market and also point the lens forward to […]

5 Risks for Legal and Compliance Leaders to Watch in 2020

The Gartner Legal and Compliance Hot Spots report identifies the top risk trends legal, compliance and privacy leaders should focus on in the next two years. The adage “The only constant is change” is one with which legal, compliance and privacy executives are all too familiar. Technological advancement is a primary, most obvious, driver of such change, creating both efficiencies […]

FORTE™ Framework for Good Governance

Jack P. Kruf, Simon Grima, Murat Kizilkaya, Jonathan Spiteri, Wouter Slob, John O’Dea | European Research Studies Journal.  Purpose In this article we lay out and discuss a framework proposed by the Public Risk Management Organisation (PRIMO) of which the authors are board members and the results of a test on public and private entities of EU small jurisdictions, specifically Malta, Slovenia, […]

Professor dr. ir. Roelof A.A. Oldeman Lecture

Focus: ‘Promotion of integrated thinking and acting’. The PRIMO Lecture is founded in 2018 and is about the promotion of integrated thinking and acting in public governance is called the Professor dr. ir. Roelof A.A. Oldeman Lecture. Objective of the lecture is to create awareness about the city as a ecosystem, the complexity of holistic diagnosis and planing and stewardship as the highest […]

12 Principles of Good Governance and European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE)

Source: Council of Europe Good Governance – the responsible conduct of public affairs and management of public resources – is encapsulated in the Council of Europe 12 Principles of Good Governance. The 12 Principles are enshrined in the Strategy on Innovation and Good Governance at local level, endorsed by a decision of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in […]

Controlling the digital risk / Maîtrise du risque numérique

This guide owes its existence to the following observation: the digital risk that bears down increasingly every day on organisations can go as far as putting their very survival in peril and the one of their stakeholders. According to ANSSI (National Cybersecurity Agency of France) and AMRAE (French Association for Risk Management and Company Insurance), this must be considered as […]