At CRI Group’s ABAC® Center of Excellence Limited, we are affiliated with leading certification and accreditation bodies around the world. These affiliations and accreditations help demonstrate the high level of experience and knowledge we provide in anti-bribery, risk and compliance management to our clients on a daily basis.
That’s why ABAC® has achieved essential accreditations from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), Emirates International Accreditation Center (EIAC) and membership in the Association of British Certification Bodies (ABCB). ABAC® is also a member of the “Partner in Corporate Governance” programme with the Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance (MICG) and a Corporate Member of Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M).
ABAC® was established in 2016 by CRI Group, a global leader in risk, compliance and anti-bribery management systems. ABAC® was launched to provide certification and online training in anti-bribery and anti-corruption risk management and compliance for organisations worldwide. CRI Group and ABAC® CEO Zafar I. Anjum, CFE, said that ABAC® is proud to be accredited by, and affiliated with, international accreditation bodies. “Our engagement with high-profile bodies like EIAC, ABCB and UKAS demonstrates the effectiveness of our ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management System certification and training, along with our ISO 19600, ISO 31000 certifications and other programs,” Anjum said.
United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS)
ABAC Center of Excellence Limited is accredited by UKAS for administering ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management System certification. Pursuant to this, UKAS accredited ABAC Center of Excellence Limited in the UK, Malaysia and Dubai for ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management Systems (ABMS) certification in accordance with ISO/IEC 17021-1: 2015 conformity assessment requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems. UKAS is the sole national accreditation body for the United Kingdom and is recognised by the government, to assess against internationally agreed standards, organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services. Accreditation by UKAS demonstrates the competence, impartiality and performance capability of ABAC Certification services. UKAS is a nonprofit-distributing private company, limited by guarantee, and is independent of Government.
Zafar Anjum, CEO of CRI Group and ABAC®, said “We are honoured that UKAS has accredited the ABAC Center of Excellence Limited for the scope of ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management System. We know this anti-bribery management standard is critical for any organisation seeking to prevent bribery, demonstrate “adequate procedures”, and stay in compliance with new and emerging laws and legislation.” “As the United Kingdom’s sole national accreditation body, UKAS’s endorsement is critical in knowing ABAC Certification Auditors’ and subject-specific experts’ competencies and our certification process for ISO 37001:2016 ABMS are at the highest level,” said Huma Khalid, Scheme Manager at ABAC®.
Emirates International Accreditation Centre (EIAC)
ABAC® Certification is also accredited by EIAC, making it the first accreditation of its kind awarded to a certification body specialising in global anti-bribery and anti-corruption, risk and compliance standards. EIAC was established pursuant to Law number (27) for the year 2015, issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, to become the governmental accreditation body of the Emirate of Dubai. EIAC’s main activity is to accredit Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs), both Governmental and Private, within the UAE and overseas. “EIAC is an esteemed accreditation body, and we are honored to have earned the first accreditation of its kind for ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management System standard,” Anjum said.
Association of British Certification Bodies (ABCB)
ABAC® is a proud member of ABCB, the recognised voice of accredited certification bodies in the UK. ABCB represents the views of its members to UKAS, IAF, EA and government to name a few. ABCB empowers accredited certification bodies by putting members first and representing their interests in the UK, Europe and globally on all matters relating to conformity assessment. What this means for ABAC Center of Excellence is having a voice in the industry and government – to provide input and expertise on matters of policy and upcoming regulations, compliance standards, and laws. “Our membership with ABCB provides a seat at the table, which is critically important as standards and regulations undergo continual changes,” Anjum said. “It also provides us with advanced notification of potential revisions to those standards and regulations. This can be a critical advantage to our clients, and to us as we tailor our certification programs to meet these updates.”
Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance (MICG)
ABAC® is a Corporate Member of the Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance (MICG). MICG was founded in 1998 to define and promote corporate governance best practises in Malaysia. “We strongly support MICG’s vision and mission, where its principal activities are to promote and encourage corporate governance development, provide education and training for the benefit of its members and other interested institutions or bodies in Malaysia”, Anjum said. “ABAC Center of Excellence Limited is proud to be a member of the PICG programme with MICG, in their efforts to bring needed education, training and best practices for organisations in both the private and public sectors.”
Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M)
ABAC Center of Excellence is proud to be a Corporate Member of The Malaysian Society for Transparency and Integrity. Founded in 1998, TI-M is an independent, non-governmental and non-partisan organisation committed to the fight against corruption. TI-M’s mission is to eradicate corruption and promote transparency, integrity and accountability throughout society. Sharing these goals, ABAC Center of Excellence supports such efforts through its training and certification programs, making it a perfect fit for corporate membership. “ABAC is proud to support TI-M’s goals of integrity, transparency, accountability and independence as a Corporate Member,” Anjum said. “In this role with TI-M, we contribute ideas and initiatives through anti-corruption works to enhance good governance, integrity, ethics and moral values in organisations.”
ABAC® opens new offices in the Abu Dhabi Global Market
ABAC® recently announced the opening of its offices in the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM). Zafar Anjum, CEO of CRI Group and ABAC®, said: “The establishment of our offices in the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) gives us the platform to expand our Accredited Certification capabilities further and enhance the level of support we offer to the international business community.”
“The ability to effectively pre-empt bribery and corruption by establishing timely ‘adequate procedures’ to prevent these issues can save corporations from huge potential losses and reputation damage,” Anjum said. “Reliable providers of accredited certification services like ABAC Certification can significantly help organisations in dealing with bribery and corruption, third-party risk management, noncompliance with the regional and international regulatory framework and malpractice. ABAC Certification’s expertise will enhance the diverse pool of business support services available within the ADGM.”
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ABAC Center of Excellence Limited (www.ABACgroup.com), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Corporate Research and Investigations, headquartered in the United Kingdom, and a leading provider of ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery, ISO 31000 Risk Management and ISO 19600 Compliance Management Systems certification services, announced today the opening of its offices in the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM). The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has undertaken the complex task of creating a globalised standard of measurements designed to identify, prevent and respond to bribery. Adopted in late 2016, ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Management System sets out to guide internationally recognised good anti-bribery practices. Written in easy-to-understand language, the standard can easily be applied to any public, private or not-for-profit organisation, regardless of type, size or nature of business or activity.
Zafar Anjum, Group CEO at ABAC Center of Excellence Limited said: “The ability to effectively pre-empt bribery and corruption by establishing timely “adequate procedures” to prevent these issues can save corporations from huge potential losses and reputation damage. Reliable providers of accredited certification services like ABAC Certification can significantly help organisations in dealing with bribery and corruption, third-party risk management, noncompliance with the regional and international regulatory framework and malpractice. ABAC Certification’s expertise will enhance the diverse pool of business support services available within the ADGM.”
“Today’s business climate dictates an increasing demand of international business organisations for proactive measures designed to reduce bribery and corruption, particularly in the financial, government and multi-national business sectors,” Anjum further said. “ABAC Certification’s worldwide network of multi-disciplined subject specialist auditors and analysts help organisations prevent and deter bribery and corruption, third-party malfeasance, threats and corruption risks while ensuring our clients conform to the local and international regulatory framework, specifically UK Bribery Act 2010 and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The establishment of our offices in the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) gives us the platform to expand our Accredited Certification capabilities further and enhance the level of support we offer to the international business community.”
That’s good news for companies’ intent on conducting global business that fosters transparency, integrity, openness, and compliance. Better yet, those organisations that develop and implement reasonable and proportionate measures to prevent, detect and respond to bribery, stand a better chance defending against harmful prosecution in the event they become embroiled in an international bribery case. Contact ABAC Certification at +971 800 274552; or email us at info@ABACgroup.com
ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management System certification is offered under CRI Group’s ABAC® Centre of Excellence, an independent certification body established for Anti-Bribery Management System training and certification, Compliance Management System and Risk Management System certification. The program will be tailored to your organisation’s needs and requirements. For assistance in developing and implementing a fraud prevention strategy, contact ABAC today or get a FREE QUOTE now!
About CRI Group
Based in London, CRI Group works with companies across the Americas, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia-Pacific as a one-stop international Risk Management, Employee Background Screening, Business Intelligence, Due Diligence and other professional Investigative Research solutions provider. We have the largest proprietary network of background-screening analysts and investigators across the Middle East and Asia. Our global presence ensures that no matter how international your operations are we have the network needed to provide you with all you need, wherever you happen to be. CRI Group also holds BS 102000:2013 and BS 7858:2012 Certifications, is an HRO certified provider and partner with Oracle.
In 2016, CRI Group launched Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption (ABAC®) Center of Excellence – an independent certification body established for ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management Systems, ISO 37301 Compliance Management Systems and ISO 31000:2018 Risk Management, providing training and certification. ABAC® operates through its global network of certified ethics and compliance professionals, qualified auditors and other certified professionals. As a result, CRI Group’s global team of certified fraud examiners work as a discreet white-labelled supplier to some of the world’s largest organisations. Contact ABAC® for more on ISO Certification and training.