One area not usually considered around your business ventures is the financial health of JV partner, teaming partner, strategic partner or any other type of business partner or relationship which might occur in a business venture. It turns out such an oversight may have some significant ramifications for an accurate picture of a business venture partner. The financial health of a business venture partner as not only a key metric but also a key tool which allows a more robust assessment prior to contract signing and in managing the relationship after the contract has been signed.

A business venture partner which is in a weakened financial position can come back to damage your business in a variety of ways. Obviously, a company which is under financial strain is more susceptible to cutting corners to obtain business. You can almost begin to see the fraud triangle forming at this point and a rationalization for committing a FCPA violation forming in the mind of a business venture partner.

Continuous improvement through monitoring of ongoing financial health is a tool where technological solutions can have an impact. Understanding the financial viability of third-parties can help the compliance practitioner meet the DOJ requirement to more fully operationalize a compliance program. It can also lead to more and better operational stability and with that ever-sought increase in corporate profitability. As compliance moves into the business process, this type of review should become part of your compliance toolkit going forward.

Three key takeaways: 

  1. What is the financial health of your business venture partners? Do you even know?
  2. Poor financial results can open a business venture partner to engaging in risky behavior.
  3. Financial health monitoring is key for monitoring business venture partners.