Auditing Culture

A hard look at the soft stuff

Reminiscent of major business scandals at the turn of the century, culture is front and center again with calls for organizations to fix weak cultures that contribute to corporate misconduct. This area is not new to the internal audit profession. We have audited soft controls and tone at the top, but it is time to step up to the plate and take responsibility for auditing culture. It must be understood that internal audit must continuously monitor organizational culture at all levels, it is not a standard engagement.