RL Expert Group (RL) is a boutique reputation risk management and digital transformation strategy consultancy and think tank.  RL Experts enable clients with proven strategies, tools, and technologies to protect and support their license to operate, to mitigate risks and to exploit opportunities. These confidential services delivered via a lifecycle risk management approach underwrite the ongoing challenges faced by businesses and their officers operating in high-risk sectors.


    RL EXPERTS have been selected based on their advanced technical domain knowledge and deep industry expertise.

    RL EXPERTS serves global clients with reputation risk management services in 4 specific practice areas.











    RL Expert Group bring the right talent to the right projects at the right time.

    Digital Risk Transformation

    Situation: A global financial services company launched a global digital presence initiative to maintain a global inventory of all digital activity. They wanted to ensure all digital risks are appropriately tracked and managed, to coordinate threat intelligence and enforcement actions across the group, and to develop consistent digital standards to ensure new digital activity does not expose the company to unnecessary risk.

    Assignment: RL Expert were retained to achieve these objectives and contribute the strategy that would underpin the digital risk transformation of one of the world's largest financial services companies across more than 60 country operations.


    Outcome: RL Expert worked with both the Risk Audit Committee, Group Security and its multidisciplinary global Functional leaders to develop both the Global Digital Standards and Target Operating Model to support its Digital Transformation. The project objectives were designed to manage the development of trust (executed through a company's brand and online reputation) via its digital presence (social channels, mobile apps, websites, domains etc), when managing across the complexity of own line of business entities, JV's, brokers, agents and 3rd party contractors and suppliers. Competitive strategy, information security, information risk, and privacy perspectives were considered. Deliverables included the future operating model, the project charter of the operating model, competitor benchmark, and the final global digital standards and change management plan to support the operating model.



    Reputation Risk Due Diligence 

    Situation: As an Asset Manager signatory to the PRI and a global insurer, our Client needed to manage its reputation for investments. Timely intelligence and analytics for related reputation risk due diligence is required to support the Board and Senior Leadership team with risk enabled decision making.

    Assignment: The client engaged RL Expert Group to complete the reputation risk due diligence for 3 specific investment opportunities. This included developing a comprehensive risk / opportunity report that could be shared with the investment teams.


    Outcome: Senior Leadership was effectively armed with a comprehensive report for risk enabled decision making. This served as an effective early warning system for Senior Executives and the Chief Investment Officer for proactive risk mitigation and opportunity exploitation. Understanding the risks, the client elected to make multiyear, multimillion dollar investments in selected target companies and excluded others. The agenda supports their long-term strategic view of value creation and focus on building/protecting trust with its stakeholders.

    Reputation Benchmarking

    Situation: A global company who had recently acquired a major player in a complementary sector, wanted to understand how it was now known to their core stakeholders. It needed to focus, align and measure its global communication activities and ensure they delivered on their brand promise and newly defined corporate vision.

    Assignment: RL Expert were retained to complete the reputation benchmarking across Asia.


    Outcome: This project provided an assessment of current perceptions of key direct & indirect stakeholders across Asia, delivering a gap analysis between perceptions, brand promise, and corporate vision in order to inform and adapt their reputation strategies and inform reputation risk management strategy.


    Exploit for Opportunities

    Situation: One of the region's largest sovereign wealth funds wanted to establish the first ESG Fund in their country. They needed an understanding of best practice across Asia and Europe, an understanding of the factors that delivered alpha by country and support in selecting the right business intelligence tools to drive outperformance.

    Assignment: The client engaged RL Expert Group to support them on their journey. RL Expert Group provided basic training, intelligence and data analytics for them to effectively execute an active portfolio management strategy.


    Outcome: The Client successfully launched the first ESG Fund in their nation leveraging the opportunity side of risk management.


    Building Trust via Disclosure

    Situation: Our Client was operating in an opaque Asian market with low levels of disclosure among its peer group in contrast to its corporate parent. Investors had expressed deep concerns for their environmental, social and governance performance. The Board were also concerned about prospective HQ, NGO and Investor backlash based on the announcement of the operations negative economic business performance.

    Assignment: RL Expert was retained to complete the reputation benchmarking across all key stakeholder groups and provide a multi-stakeholder perspective of the Integrated Report based on reputational risk analysis, materiality analysis and outrage analysis. Significant areas of their integrated report were rewritten for improved transparency.


    Outcome: RL Expert Group provided the Client with an upgrade in terms of the quality of their annual integrated report and communications with all stakeholders.


    Protect License to Operate through Proactive Engagement.

    Situation: A Global Financial Services firm needed to systemize its engagement with key opinion leaders and track advocacy on key material issues in order to mitigate legislative, regulatory and reputational risks. They had no central audience repository, no ability to keep information on its key stakeholders current and too many disparate tools. The solution needed to create efficiencies and thus savings for the departmental budget, join up the in country departments and share information systematically rather than relying on people.

    Assignment: RL Expert were retained to deliver a data management system to empower the Upstream Risk Forum with business intelligence on issues and advocacy from across the global business. 

    Outcome: The system was designed to adapt to the bank’s changing business strategies and issue landscape. A mobile application was developed to enable key members of the Upstream Risk team to log advocacy and activities against engagement on key material issues and track advocacy over time. The platform was scalable across the Banks global operations and supported crisis communications and compliance with AA1000 Stakeholder Engagement Standards. A Policy module was developed to enable only one version of the Bank’s position on an issue to be communicated/available at any one time. The solution introduced efficiencies and saved the department the productivity equivalent of 2 headcounts throughout the year. Transparency was achieved across the company's stakeholder engagement on key license to operate issues and information was no longer locked inside the business silos.


    As Asia becomes the economic powerhouse of the World and globalization brings enterprises to this continent to capitalize on its growth, it is imminent that corporations not only compete on business grounds, but also, on the grounds of reputation and corporate responsibility. More organizations are feeling the growing importance to establish and maintain an effective and affordable strategy for securing stakeholder alignment and a competitive advantage.

    Who Should Attend

    Global leaders and functional managers who wish to deepen their knowledge and skills in managing 21st Century business issues and key reputation risk areas for their Organizations.



    • Help participants to understand the strategic roles of Leaders in a dynamic business environment.

    • Help participants identify some of the key Leadership challenges facing organizations.

    • Develop participant’s critical awareness of 21st Century business issues in an international context.

    • Enhance participant’s competencies to handle Globally Responsible Leadership issues.


    For each module, participants have to meet a minimum attendance rate of 75% and are required to undergo Individual written and Group in Class assessments. Only upon passing both the written assessment and Group participation requirements will participants be issued a Certificate of Completion.

    Globally Responsible Leadership

    Foundation Program

    Delivered over three days these core modules are designed to give your Corporate Leaders the foundations of Globally Responsible Leadership.


    • Globally Responsible Leadership - Marielle Heijltjes – Maastricht University
    • Reputation Risk and Issues Management  - Leesa Soulodre - RL Expert / Singapore Management University
    • Crisis Management - Tony Ridley - RL Expert
    • Talent and Culture 4.0 - Massimo Tamaro –Team Ferrari
    • Risk Management - Dr. Thomas Scheiwiller – University of Lucerne
    • Resilience in Global Complex Supply Chains - Dr. Jalal Ashayeri, TIAS University
    • Sustainability Strategies - Dr Bob Pojasek MA – Harvard University
    • Outrage Management - Dr Peter Sandman – Former Rutgers University
    • Executive Media Training - Donald Steel – RL Expert


    21st Century Dynamics


    These topic-specific electives are designed to augment your Leadership training and development programs and complement the Globally Responsible Leadership Foundation Program.

    • Climate Change and Deforestation - Andreas Schaffer, Nanyang University
    • Water Management / Urbanisation - Dr. Robert Brears - Canterbury University
    • Mitigating Bribery and Corruption - Phil Dickie
    • Refining IP and Innovation - Dr Eugene Shteyn – Stanford Continuing Education Program
    • Responsible Investment - Robert Klijn – Groningen University – Guest Lecturer
    • Corporate Governance - Hock Kee Wee – Corporate Governance Board Asia
    • Diversity and Inclusion - Fiona Shand – Shand and Associates
    • CyberSecurity - Jeremy Paulson – Former US Military
    • Intercultural Negotiations - Alain Fanaie - former CEO China Sonangol and Global Head of Credit Agricole.


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