Extended Enterprise Risk Management

Maximise revenue, mitigate risks, & strengthen relationships

In a globalised business environment, no company is an island. The ecosystem of a typical company comprises an exceedingly large number of entities with which the company does business, including customers, partners, agents, affiliates, vendors and service providers. Taken together, these third parties constitute what we have termed “the extended enterprise.”

Extended enterprise risk management (EERM) is the practice of anticipating and managing exposures associated with third parties across the organisation’s full range of operations as well as optimising the value delivered by the third-party ecosystem.

Some organisations may use more than 10 000 third parties to meet their business objectives. Do you know who you are doing business with?


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Business partner assurance

We can assist you in obtaining assurance over your third party partners’ compliance with agreed contractual terms. On the revenue side, this involves providing you comfort that you are receiving the revenues (e.g. royalties, licensee fees, revenue/profit share) you are entitled to and that your third party partners are complying with brand/marketing obligations. On the supply side, this involves assessing that third party suppliers have charged you accurately for services provided as well as meeting service / product quality requirements. Our breadth of experience covers all industries and all types of third party relationships from outsourced providers to advertising agencies to licensees to materials suppliers. We can also support you in assessing your adherence to contractual terms with your customers and licensors; and provide recommendations to address any gaps in your current processes and controls.

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Software asset management

Software is prevalent in almost all business processes but the licensing and management of these vital assets is rarely completely understood and often poorly managed. The organisation may not know its weaknesses in this space until it is hit with a software vendor audit.

Find out more: SAM as a service | ILMT | SAM for SAP

Third-party governance and risk management

Our Contract Advisory professionals can assist you in developing a bespoke Third-party governance and risk management (TPGRM) framework to enable your organisation to identify, mitigate and govern third-party risk.

We can support by providing guidance on specific elements of an existing TPGRM framework (i.e. process, technology, governance, delivery model) or by providing you with a programme and a team to work with key stakeholders in your organisation to establish a new framework.

Our experienced team can also provide support in the areas of Contract Discovery, Key Contract Clause Extraction, undertaking Contract Risk Assessments and performing assessments of third party management processes.

2019 EERM global survey report

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Operational excellence in intellectual property management

During execution of the IP strategy, operational excellence is key to balance value creation versus costs. Aspects to consider are: IP portfolio categorization, lean IP processes and an efficient IP organization together with a synergetic IT landscape, pragmatic budget control and meaningful KPI reporting. Improvements in one or more of these aspects may safeguard IP management from portfolio cuts that potentially jeopardize the long term value creation from IP.

Third-party risk management

Third parties, such as temporary staff and/or service providers, are becoming increasingly important. Stijn Demeestere and Madhuri Borms discuss the risks, challenges and opportunities organisations are facing today.

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Jan Corstens

Jan Corstens

Partner, Risk Advisory

As an NSE leader for Extended Enterprise services, Jan is helping is helping clients: Understand the risks in the supply chain through technology and operate models Helping solve IT Asset management D... More

Diederik Van der Sijpe

Diederik Van der Sijpe


Diederik Van der Sijpe has a vast experience in software license compliance, IT & Software Asset Management and royalty compliance. Starting from an IT and economics background, he moved into the area... More