Sunday, August 2, 2009

How Contracts Help Fight Fraud

From the Supply Excellence blog comes Fraud Risks (and how Contracts can help):

In other words, a head-in-the-sand approach or playing nice will not protect against fraud … it’ll just prevent you from knowing about it until it’s too late. And while communication early and often is key, the contract tweaks Neil highlighted also point to an important step technology can play in reducing risks of fraud.

Having pre-approved clause language and proper process and approvals in an automated contract management system may root out instances where fraud can take place in the first place. And, worse case, it provides improved after-the-fact visibility in the event that it is not caught proactively.
Notice it is just any contract but a well-written contract that helps fight fraud. Here is another point where a good relationship with the business' lawyer can help prevent problems - such as lost proftis.