Procurement, legal compliance, accounting, marketing ... These are all necessary activities within a business. The problem comes when those activities become enshrined within rigid policies and practices which are not well aligned and then undermine business goals and performance.
How much would your business be worth if it had no contracts? How confident would you be about your trading partners meeting their commitments if they were not documented? The purposes of a contract are largely to secure economic value and to operate as an instrument of business management and control. Research data shows that in many cases, the contracts we produce and the way they are managed are not 'fit for purpose'. The result is substantial value erosion.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a study last week regarding the financial industry's use of pre-dispute arbitration agreements. While the CFPB has yet to comment on how it will proceed in response to the study, given the most recent study's markedly negative evaluation of arbitration agreements, it appears likely that new limitations on pre-dispute arbitration clauses in financial service and product agreements are forthcoming.
You don't have to search far to discover all that is being written about increased complexity in today's business world. At the top of the list come issues such as managing interconnections and interdependencies - many of which cross traditional boundaries of language, culture and commercial norms. Networked technologies and social media mean that we cannot any longer ignore diverse stakeholder opinions. Old assumptions that power will prevail are no longer true - so is empathy the new source of strength?
IACCM and other standards developing organizations participated in a Capital Hill event and opened opportunities for policy discussions and collaboration. The event had nearly 150 attendees including congressional staff members, representatives, and other stakeholders and featured four panels highlighting leading issues affecting the global supply chain.
Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) states the written terms of a contract can override the opposing party's differing understanding under the right circumstances.
For commercial lawyers, the practice of law is transforming. Acting as a semi-independent advisor on specialist risk and legal issues is no longer enough. Today, the business expects much broader appreciation of opportunities and challenges - and that the support and contracts produced by lawyers will directly contribute to the best possible outcome.
Social media has changed the game in how professional opportunities are publicized and filled. Join this webinar and learn to master the methods for identifying potential opportunities and getting noticed. Our guest expert will share insights on: New ways to showcase yourself through visual content: - 5 steps to a better personal brand - Get noticed on Social Networking sites - Looking beyond the major jobs boards
Of course you care about the bottom line. But do you have any sense of how much money you are losing each day through under-performing contracts? Your contracts are core business assets, but unless you tackle the common sources of erosion, they are leaking value every day. On average, companies could be generating over 9% improvement to their bottom line if they tackled the issues that commonly undermine contract performance. Contracting is of course just one element of commercial excellence - but quite a significant element when it comes to financial results. In this webinar we will look at the ten pitfalls in the contracting process which are most likely to be costing your organisation money and damaging the quality of your supplier relationships.
IACCM provides executives and practitioners with advisory, research and benchmarking services, contract management certification and training for contracts, commercial and relationship management professionals. IACCM is a non-profit membership organization that supports innovation and collaboration in meeting the demands of today's global trading relationships and practices.