The top 10 risks for business

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The new EY report identifies the top 10 global business risks by analyzing the top risks identified for some of the world's most important industry sectors. In today's post-downturn economy, a variety of business risks have emerged -- and some have become more prominent. From the threat of increased regulation to emerging markets to social responsibility and more, our survey of leading industry executives shows which risks you should be prioritizing this year.

The top 10 risks for business in 2010

Ranking from 2009 is shown in parentheses.

  1. Regulation and compliance (2)
  2. Access to credit (1)
  3. Slow recovery or double-dip recession (No change)
  4. Managing talent (7)
  5. Emerging markets (12)
  6. Cost cutting (No change)
  7. Non-traditional entrants (5)
  8. Radical greening (4)
  9. Social acceptance risk and corporate social responsibility (New)
  10. Executing alliances and transactions (8)

The report was produced by EY in collaboration with Oxford Analytica, and sought the views of more than 100 analysts from around the world and more than 20 academic disciplines.