Chief Audit Executive (CAE)

The CAE must develop their team’s ability to be innovative, dynamic and to think out of the box, challenging the status quo and relentlessly driving improvement. They should monitor internal audit (IA) plans for alignment with the new key priorities of the wider organization and adjust accordingly. CAEs should be driving the focus of IA to be integral to recovery plans by understanding, assessing and monitoring the effectiveness of response to all risks.¹

What are the top 3 things the CAE should activate immediately?

What are the CAE’s key considerations with respect to ESG risk?

Proactive advisory

Internal audit can play a proactive role on the organization’s ESG efforts by attending key steering committee meetings, staying abreast of regulatory expectations on ESG matters and providing guidance to management on appropriate controls.

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 We built a new EY solution (EY Alternative Fuels Model) to run real-time scenarios of lane-level detail with emerging technologies, producing compelling outputs outlining cost and emissions impacts of alternative fuel conversion, along with feasibility of associated infrastructure and vehicle maturity.

Targeted oversight

This position is key to conducting targeted reviews of ESG controls across the organization through various internal audit reviews.

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