Risk Committee Charter | As approved by the ICANN Board of Directors 6 March 2009

Superseded by Current Charter

  1. Purpose

    The Process and Systems Risk Committee of the ICANN Board is responsible for the assessment and oversight of policies implemented by ICANN designed to manage ICANN’s risk profile, including the establishment and implementation of standards, controls, limits and guidelines related to risk assessment and risk management, including but not limited to financial, legal and operational risks and other risks concerning ICANN’s reputation and ethical standards.

  2. Scope of Responsibilities

    The following responsibilities are set forth as a guide for fulfilling the Committee’s purposes. The Committee is authorized to carry out these activities and other actions reasonably related to the Committee’s purposes as may be assigned by the Board from time to time:

    1. Oversight of risk management for ICANN as an organization, including the following activities:

      1. Reviewing and advising on ICANN policies, plans and programs relating to risk management;
      2. Monitoring the effectiveness of risk management programs, including operational risk management and controls;
      3. Oversight of the significant non-financial risk exposure for ICANN and steps taken to monitor and control such exposure;
      4. Staying informed on ICANN conditions and gaining familiarity with ICANN processes in order to identify potential future risks and advise on plans for addressing these risks as appropriate; and
      5. Reviewing other areas of risk concentration as appropriate.
    2. Oversight of operational activities including reviewing information and monitoring the effectiveness of the management of operational activities such as:

      1. The effectiveness of the technology utilized by ICANN;
      2. The adequacy of ICANN’s business continuity policies; and
      3. Addressing changes in the business environment that may be material to ICANN operations; and
  3. Composition

    The Committee shall be comprised of at least three, but not more than five voting Board Directors and not more than [ ] Liaison Directors, as determined and appointed annually by the Board, each of whom shall comply with the Conflicts of Interest Policy. The voting Directors shall be the voting members of the Committee. The voting Directors shall be the voting members of the Committee. The members of the Committee shall serve at the discretion of the Board.

    Unless a Committee Chair is appointed by the full Board, the members of the Committee may designate its Chair from among the voting members of the Committee by majority vote of the full Committee membership.

    The Committee may choose to organize itself into subcommittees to facilitate the accomplishment of its work. The Committee may seek approval and budget from the Board for the appointment of consultants and advisers to assist in its work as deemed necessary, and such appointees may attend the relevant parts of the Committee meetings.

  4. Meetings

    The Risk Committee shall meet at least three times per year, or more frequently as it deems necessary to carry out its responsibilities. The Committee's meetings may be held by telephone and/or other remote meeting technologies. Meetings may be called upon no less than forty-eight (48) hours notice by either (i) the Chair of the Committee or (ii) any two members of the Committee acting together, provided that regularly scheduled meetings generally shall be noticed at least one week in advance.

  5. Voting and Quorum

    A majority of the voting members shall constitute a quorum. Voting on Committee matters shall be on a one vote per member basis. When a quorum is present, the vote of a majority of the voting Committee members present shall constitute the action or decision of the Committee.

  6. Recording of Proceedings

    A preliminary report with respect to actions taken at each meeting (telephonic or in-person) of the Committee shall be recorded and distributed to committee members within two working days, and meeting minutes shall be posted promptly following approval by the Committee.

  7. Review

    The performance of the Committee shall be reviewed annually and informally by the Board Governance Committee. The Board Governance Committee shall recommend to the full Board changes in membership, procedures, or responsibilities and authorities of the Committee if and when deemed appropriate. Performance of the Committee shall also be formally reviewed as part of the periodic independent review of the Board and its Committees.