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Volume 9 · Issue 1· January 2004


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Use Management Tools to Mitigate Risk From SOX

What is the biggest concern for Top Management in US companies today? Sandford Liebesman writes that it is risk, particularly the newest form—the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. He notes that there is nothing to prevent an organization from using its management systems to address risk through the development and application of procedures as part of its systems. Unfortunately, the obvious synergy between SOX and ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001 has largely gone unnoticed and unexplored by public companies, many of which are registered to the two standards and have available to them valuable data gathered by their management systems. Liebesman and the rest of the SOX Q/E Management Team examine five sections of SOX in this first part of a series exploring where and how your QMS and/or EMS can help your company achieve and maintain compliance with SOX.