Towards a Compliance Reporting using a Balanced Scorecard

TitleTowards a Compliance Reporting using a Balanced Scorecard
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsAmberg, M. & Panitz, J C.
ISBN NumberISSN:2070-3724

Compliance requires an effective communication within an enterprise as well as towards a company’s external environment. This requirement commences with the implementation of compliance within large scale compliance projects and still persists in the compliance reporting within standard operations. On the one hand the understanding of compliance necessities within the organization is promoted.
On the other hand reduction of asymmetric information with compliance stakeholders is achieved. To reach this goal, a
central reporting must provide a consolidated view of different compliance efforts’ statuses. A concept which could be
adapted for this purpose is the balanced scorecard by Kaplan /Norton. This concept has not been analyzed in detail
concerning its adequacy for a holistic compliance reporting starting in compliance projects until later usage in regularly compliance operations. At first, this paper evaluates if a holistic compliance
reporting can be designed by using the balanced scorecard concept. The current status of compliance reporting clearly
shows that scorecards are generally accepted as a compliance reporting tool and are already used for corporate governance reporting. Additional specialized compliance IT – solutions exist in the market. After the scorecard’s adequacy is thoroughly examined and proofed, an example strategy map as the basis to derive a compliance balanced scorecard is defined. This definition answers the question on proceeding in designing a compliance reporting tool.
Keywords—Balanced Scorecard, Compliance, Compliance Reporting, Compliance Scorecard.