These sound practice guidance papers are designed to assist companies implement the various components that make up a robust risk management framework as illustrated below.

The papers that have been issued to date can be found by either clicking on the relevant box below or by selecting from the list of published papers shown at the bottom of the page. This will provide a description of its contents, with access to the full papers only available to members of the IOR by logging on to the members area and then selecting the appropriate SPG paper as noted above.

Coverage of the Operational Risk Framework
EnvironmentExternal and internal
DriversBusiness strategy and objectives
(Spans the Toolkit)


Appetite / Tolerance




Loss Events Internal

Loss Events External

Risk & Control Assessment

Key Risk Indicators



Embedding Operational Risk Framework


Being Developed


  • With appropriate modification there is potential for wider application beyond Financial Services e.g. Events and near misses rather than losses or tolerance rather than appetite may be more relevant for other sectors;
  • Current coverage is subject to ongoing development. It is anticipated that other areas will be explored and added over time.

Published Papers

We are delighted to announce the publication of the revised SPG’s on Risk Culture, Risk Appetite and Embedding an Operational Risk Management Framework.

Simon Ashby, Professor of Financial Services at Vlerick Business School is the author of the new revised SPG’s he gives us an introduction in the video below.

Thanks to Sword GRC for supporting the publication of these documents.

Newly updated:

It is the Institute’s intention that these Guidance papers evolve over time as we receive feedback and suggestions from individuals/companies who have used them. If any reader of any Sound Practice Guidance has any experience or opinions that they believe may enhance the guidance offered, they should email

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