Brand Protection & Intellectual Property (IP) Infringement

Intellectual Property (IP) is an exclusive right of the brand owner. This property includes intangible creations of the brand owners’ human intellect; therefore, the brand owners are lawful copyright or trademark owners. However, when unscrupulous individuals indulge in manufacturing and distributing counterfeit products of well-known brands, the result is the loss of sales, a tarnished brand image and erosion of brand loyalty, not to mention the ill effects of consumption by the consumer and the loss of revenue to the government.

CRI® is an ideal partner to be the eyes and ears of brands across markets, offline and online. Our multidisciplinary experts regularly review and scan the online marketplaces to keep a close eye on fake products. From online surveillance to supply chain audits and real-time market surveys, brands will find CRI® the ideal long-term partner to keep a close eye on all markets. You, meanwhile, can focus on running the business and building your brand. 

CRI® Group’s IP experts understand the intricacies and importance of protecting your intellectual property. CRI® Group can stay a step ahead of the wrongdoers who want to benefit from your IP investment by working alongside a global network of anti-counterfeit investigators, consultants, advisors, and industry groups.

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CRI® Group offers a wide range of IP investigative services that can: 

  • Identify the company and/or individuals that have breached your IP rights
  • Pinpoint the source and location of the manufacturer in counterfeit product claims
  • Establish new delivery channels for the trade of your products
  • Perform background and financial investigations on subjects involved in IP infringement
  • Research and investigate the legal aspects of copyright, trademark and patent claims

As an integral member of the ICC Counterfeiting Intelligence Bureau, CRI® Group is certified to advise and assist organisations with intellectual property investigations involving grey market and product counterfeiting crimes.

CRI® Group investigators are specially trained to protect the brand equity and customer loyalty you’ve built by providing professional assistance in the areas of:

  • Trade Secret Breaches
  • Data Breaches & IP Leaks
  • Theft of Proprietary Customer Data
  • Copyright Abuse
  • Unauthorised Use of Trademarks
  • Counterfeit & Pirated Products
  • Threats to Brand Integrity & Reputation
  • Brand Imitation & Product Copying
  • Global Counterfeiting Investigations

CRI® Group utilises various techniques, analytics, and global technology to investigate intellectual property infringements, including the use of international Counterfeiting Seizure Maps and International Anti-Counterfeiting Directories. Our strategic partnerships with IP firms worldwide ensure that leads are identified and investigated, and claims are settled expeditiously.

The cost of IP Infringement

Counterfeiting threatens the fabric of national economies, endangers the safety and frequently kills. It devalues corporate reputations, hinders investment, funds terrorism, and costs hundreds of thousands of people their livelihood annually. (ICC)

CRI® Group Intellectual Property (IP) Investigations:

  • Trademark Investigations
  • Intellectual Property Acquisition Services
  • Patent Investigations
  • Brand, Media and Internet Monitoring Services
  • Anti-Counterfeiting Programs
  • Brand Integrity Programs
  • Copyright Abuse Investigations
  • Cyber Surveillance
  • Litigation Support

 

About CRI® Group

For short, Corporate Research and Investigations Limited, or CRI® Group, has protected businesses from fraud, bribery, and corruption since 1990. Globally, we are a leading Compliance and Risk Management company licensed and incorporated entity of the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) and Qatar Financial Center (QFC). CRI® protects businesses by establishing the legal compliance, financial viability, and integrity levels of outside partners, suppliers and customers seeking to affiliate with your business. Based in London, United Kingdom, CRI® is a global company with experts and resources in key regional marketplaces across the Asia Pacific, South Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, North and South America. Our global team can support your organisation anywhere in the world.

CRI® Group invites you to schedule a quick appointment with us to discuss in more detail how our risk management solutions can help you and your organisation. 

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What Is Corporate Compliance and Why It’s Important

The Importance of Corporate Compliance

Corporate compliance should be an essential part of your business operations, regardless of size or industry. How does your business manage compliance and mitigate risk? Taking preventative measures can feel like a hassle up front. Still, it can save you untold organizational costs in the long run.

Corporate compliance violations can result in fines, penalties, lawsuits, loss of reputation, and more. Keep your business from learning the lesson the hard way. Start developing a compliance program today. This article will define compliance, what it means for your business, and how to create a successful compliance program.

What is Compliance in Business?

The definition of compliance is “the action of complying with a command,” or “the state of meeting rules or standards.” In the corporate world, it’s defined as the process of making sure your company and employees follow all laws, regulations, standards, and ethical practices that apply to your organization and industry.

Corporate compliance covers both internal policies and procedures and federal and state laws. Enforcing compliance helps your company prevent and detect rules violations, protecting your organization from fines and lawsuits. The compliance process should be ongoing. Many organizations consistently and accurately govern their compliance policies over time.

The Purpose of a Corporate Compliance Program

The purpose is to protect your business. It’s as simple as that. But the return on investment could be significant, helping you avoid waste, fraud, abuse, discrimination, and other practices that disrupt operations and put your company at risk.

Your corporate compliance program needs to be integrated with all compliance efforts enterprise-wide, from managing external regulations and internal policies to comprehensive employee training. By ensuring all departments and staff are working together to maintain standards, you can mitigate the risk of significant failures and violations.

An effective program improves communication between leadership and staff. It should include a process for creating, updating, distributing, and tracking compliance policies. After all, employees can’t be held responsible for rules and regulations they don’t know exists. But once they understand expectations, your staff can stay focused on your organisation’s broader goals and help operations run smoothly. What’s more, when employees are adequately trained on compliance requirements, they are more likely to recognise and report illegal or unethical activity.

Maintaining compliance equips your employees to do their jobs well, reach their career goals, and keep customers happy. In turn, your company can achieve its goals and grow faster.

In the unfortunate event that your organization faces a lawsuit, your corporate compliance program will help in court.

As one report from Rutgers School of Law explained, “An organization that has made a robust effort to prevent and detect violations of the law by its employees and others acting for it will be treated less harshly than one that was indifferent to complying with the law.”

How to Create a Successful Corporate Compliance Program

Very few businesses can afford to procrastinate on a corporate compliance program. Don’t let hindsight be 20/20 for your organization. Have the foresight to take action today.

Your program should be carefully planned and implemented, with coinciding training programs to guarantee personnel are well-versed in all areas of compliance. Here are a few steps to establish or refine your corporate compliance program:

  • Your corporate compliance program won’t run itself. One person should be assigned the responsibility of managing the program day-to-day.
  • Depending on the size of your organization, you could have one compliance officer or several. Regardless, those in charge of the compliance program must have the authority to enforce the rules and hold staff at all levels accountable.
  • They also need direct access to its governing body, including senior management or the board of directors.
  • Access to senior management and authority to enforce rules is essential when potential compliance issues arise, empowering your officers to respond quickly. But communication goes both ways. The governing body needs to regularly assess the corporate compliance program’s effectiveness.

Corporate compliance fosters a workplace culture that values integrity and ethical conduct. This starts at the top. Your leaders need to follow the rules for the program to work. They should encourage ethical behavior and openly talk about the importance of compliance.

Company leaders should encourage employee input, emphasizing that they won’t be punished for reporting unlawful or unethical behavior.

The Department of Justice created a checklist for evaluating corporate compliance programs and suggested asking the following questions:

  • How have senior leaders encouraged or discouraged the type of misconduct in question through their words and actions?
  • What concrete actions have they taken to demonstrate leadership in the company’s compliance and remediation efforts?
  • How does the company monitor its senior leadership’s behavior? How has senior leadership modelled proper behavior to subordinates?

Conduct Risk Assessments

Corporate compliance is about managing risk. To build an effective program, you need to know what compliance areas pose the highest risks to your organization. Once you have identified these areas, you can focus your resources on addressing them.

Federal and state regulations, as well as industry standards, are continually evolving. To avoid the risk of non-compliance, it’s essential to conduct regular assessments. The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) suggests conducting a risk assessment once a year.

A formal assessment process, like this one recommended by the ACC, can help your organization be proactive about preventing corporate compliance violations:

  • Audit results
  • Recent litigation
  • Compliance complaints
  • Employee claims
  • Industry enforcement trends
  • Compliance policies in each risk area

Establish and Maintain Your Code of Conduct, Policies, and Standards

Your corporate compliance program needs a well-defined code of conduct. Why? Because it can help define your program’s purpose and set expectations for behaviour.

The code of conduct acts as a foundation and should explain the following key points:

  • Who is responsible for managing the program
  • How employees should report misconduct
  • Disciplinary measures for violating the code of conduct

Your corporate policies should build on top of that foundation by providing guidelines for specific areas of compliance. For example, they may address common corporate compliance violations:

  • Corporate corruption
  • Bribery
  • Tax practices
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Record retention

The list goes on. But the exact areas you need to address will depend on your industry.

Once risk areas have been identified and policies created, you should establish procedures to help employees carry out policies correctly. Creating step-by-step guidelines makes it easier to follow procedures and identify non-compliance.

Risk areas in specific industries may require additional standards. For example, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act may require you to keep detailed protocols for screening third-party business partners.

Properly Train All Employees

Compliance policies and standards are useless if employees don’t follow them. After establishing the policies and procedures for your corporate compliance program, you need to disseminate them to every member of your staff.

Ensure company officers, employees, and third-party vendors read and sign off on all compliance policies and procedures.

All employees and relevant vendors should be trained on laws, regulations, corporate policies, and prohibited conduct. Depending on the size of your organisation, you may want to conduct training tailored to specific employees in high-risk areas.

The ACC recommends that you track, document, and follow up on training. By implementing a compliance policy and training management tool, you can accomplish this and automate many of your manual processes. The right software lets you distribute policies, conduct online training, create custom tests, and more.

Improve Your Compliance

Creating or revising your compliance policies and training takes a lot of work. It’s an ongoing process requiring consistent monitoring and updates. But don’t wait until an incident has occurred to take action. If you and your compliance officers are already busy and time-constrained, finding the right time to implement a new program can be hard. The trick is finding a compliance management solution that fits your organization.

If you’re ready to take control of compliance, and protect your business from risk, learn more about CRI® Group compliance solutions and discover how we can help your corporate compliance program.

Compliance Solutions by CRI Group

Due Diligence 360° | Third-Party Risk Management 3PRM™ | Anti-Money Laundering Solutions 

CRI® Group’s compliance solutions are tailored to your organization’s needs, helping assure compliance in all areas and keeping you one step ahead of regulatory requirements.

Money laundering is a serious global issue, and recent legislation is aimed at requiring organizations to follow strict anti-money laundering protocols.

Our Due diligence 360° services provide the specialized intelligence needed by global financial institutions and multinational corporations to guarantee complete compliance with anti-money laundering (AML) regulations and legislations.

Manage your third-party risks confidently with customized 3PRM™ solutions for your organization or get certified. CRI® Group’s own exclusive, expert-developed 3PRM™ services help you proactively mitigate risks from third-party affiliations, protecting your organization from liability, brand damage and harm to the business.

Whether your organization has a large, well-established third-party program, is in the early stages of development, or is anywhere in between, 3PRM™ solution can improve the health of your program and future-proof your entire business in many forms.

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WHO IS 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 ManagementEmployee Background ScreeningBusiness IntelligenceDue DiligenceCompliance Solutions 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 B.S. 102000:2013 and B.S. 7858:2012 Certifications; is an HRO certified provider and partner of Oracle.

 

What is BS7858 Standard? And why it is important?

What is BS 7858 Standard?

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has recently revised the British Standard for Security Screening of Security Personnel (BS7858:2004). The new code of practice BS7858:2019 came into effect at the end of September 2020, substituting the revoked BS7858:2012 revised standard, which was rescinded on the 31st  March 2020. The BS7858 standard has become progressively more crucial when it comes to the protection of individuals, goods & services, estate, and personal data. The BS7858 safeguards such elements by guaranteeing that the veracity of the person authorised to access such sensitive data is certified and retains as such.

There is a lot of misrepresentation circulating regarding the changes to BS7858 Standard which CRI Group, as the only company in the Middle East and Asian region with an implemented BS 7858:2019 standard and BS 102000:2018 code of practice for investigative services and ISO27001 (Information Security Management System) certification, want to help clean up.

Why is the standard so important? 

It is no secret that confidence is key when it comes to the mass of decision ruling. Instilling confidence in its personnel is critical for all organisations and their triumph, particularly when said personnel oversees susceptible individuals, valuable resources or data protection. Organisations have to be able to guarantee that their security personnel have been subordinate to the best meticulous screening process. This ensures pleased clients, as well as pleased personnel as the foundation to a fortunate and reliable organisation, begins from within. The BS7585 aids organisations to avoid scandals such as:

The revised BS7858 has been made clear that the responsibility and accountability for the security and effectiveness of the vetting process rest with the organisation itself and leading management. The BS7858:2019 connects with the move we have seen worldwide to corporate social responsibility and compliance and follows that trend. Other occurrences of the movement consist of instances such as the GDPR (April 2016) and the FCA (Dec 2020) which both expect leading management to be practical in their approach to compliance.

As a significant volume of data requires authentication in a screening process, several organisations may find executing an employee screening and vetting process to be highly complex. Additionally, the degree of evaluation of the applicant’s provisional data must be carried out effectively as well as promptly and include specific checks, such as credit checks or checks against the Financial Services Register.

BSI brought the BS7858 Standard to 2021 with the inclusion of:

Right to Work checks in line with Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) identity requirements:

In antithesis to common acceptance, the BS7858-compliant vetting checks do not need to include DBS checks. This is due to the fact that the Security Industry Authority (SIA) oversees these criminal record checks as part of an individual’s registration process. Nevertheless, they do continue to be a measure of best practice, and the revised Standard firmly contends in its favour. See 7.3.2 (c) and 7.7. (j) in the 7858 Standard. Organisations can also refer to the SIA’s ‘Get Licensed’ handbook which asserts that when an operative is in connection with children or susceptible adults, the Standard or an alternate heightened degree of admission should be deemed essential.

Global watchlist checks during the application process

7.4 (c) of the BS7858 Standard comprises the compulsory requirement to examine a variety of international watchlists, sanctions and fraud databases. Hitherto to this, the Standard simply asked the examining of the HMG sanctions list.

Social media checks as an advised best practice for pre-and post-employment

Personnel social media posts could generate problems for organisations that are operational in protected and regulated conditions; BSI has updated the BS7858 Standard to consider this matter. The BS7858:2019 Standard urges organisations to complete social media screening pre and post-employment.

Searching for supplementary data utilizing best practice social media and additional open-source internet checks can support your organisation with superior perceptions and decrease your employee risk.

For extra assistance on social media and further knowledge on the perils of social media within your organisation, please see our article and free playbook on “Risks of Cybercrime & Social Media“. A complete Guide on How to Protect Your Organisation and Team!

Other significant changes of the BS7858 Standard:

  • Removal of character references
  • Approval to passing on pre-employment screening records from vocation to vocation.
  • Conditional Offer: Formerly, there were two steps an employer was obliged to follow before making an offer of conditional employment; fulfilling the stipulated preliminary checks and adequately fulfilling limited screening on the subject. The new standard initiated the third element on top of the other two conditions – to commence a risk review and confirm that “the degree of risk in the envisioned employment has been evaluated and is deemed to be acceptable and documented” and consequently, the organisation is happy to extend the offer based on their evaluation and the candidate’s risk profile.
  • Preservation of candidates’ background screening records during their employment. Ineffective applicants records can be retained for 12 months while for ex-employees, particular records can be kept for an additional seven years after the employment ended.
  • All groups involved in carrying out BS7858 vetting should be prepared for envisioned obligations.

It is clear to see that the BS7858 standard is crucial for employment in not only the security region but each region of employment; pre-employment screening expending the updated BS7858 standards promises that each member of the public, from manual labourers to office workers, can maintain life in a safe environment.

If the new standard still feels a little daunting to you, why not consider booking a free 30-minute consultation with one of our experts here at CRI Group? Our specialists have years of experience and are qualified to offer your organisation personalised guidance to fit your professional requirements. Don’t hesitate, get in touch today and stay ahead of the vetting rules and regulations.

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Zafar I. Anjum, is Group CEO of CRI Group (www.crigroup.com), a global supplier of investigative, forensic accounting, integrity due diligence and employee background screening services for some of the world’s leading business organisations. Headquartered in London, with offices in UAE, Pakistan, Qatar, Singapore, Malaysia, Brazil, China and USA, CRI is licensed by the Dubai International Financial Centre-DIFC, the Qatar Financial Center-QFC, and the Abu Dhabi Global Market-ADGM.

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Zafar Anjum, MSc, MS, LLM, CFE, CII, MABI, MICA, Int. Dip. (Fin. Crime), Int. Dip. (GRC)
CRI Group Chief Executive Officer
37th Floor, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AA, United Kingdom
t: +44 207 8681415 | m: +44 7588 454959 | e: zanjum@crigroup.com

 

 

Review and Reassess Your Organisation’s Third-Party Relationships

 

Is it the time to review and reassess your third-party relationships? 

The global pandemic is rattling economies worldwide, disrupting supply chains, interrupting production, wreaking havoc on industry sectors and shuttering businesses; this impacts third-party relationships businesses have. At some point, organisations that affiliate with outside providers will eventually have to deal with any number of operational interruptions resulting from a third-party relationship-related issue. And while the risks involved in partnering with outsiders haven’t changed over time, the potential level of liability has been ratcheted up several notches.

International Borders have been ripped down. Technology has improved the way businesses communicate. Easy access to data and information enables the media to report on business news before a business can respond. Consequently, the markets are quick to react based on this 24/7 on-demand news cycle. The result of this increased liability can be highly problematic:

  • Business litigation has skyrocketed.
  • Corporate reputations are negatively impacted due to the fallout from the current global pandemic.
  • Risk management frameworks are continually evolving to acclimate to changing business environments.
  • Board members are becoming increasingly subjected to intense scrutiny from outside critics.

THE CHALLENGE: The Global Business Climate is Changing. So Are Your Third-Party Partners.

  • Organisations suffer financial loss as the supply chain falters and loses customers because of poor-quality service from a third party.
  • Company data systems are exposed and breached because of poor security practices by third parties.
  • Companies are experiencing supply chain issues due to poor disaster recovery procedures by third parties.
  • Organisations are increasingly being exposed to litigation because relationships with an outside provider significantly violated contractual terms, potentially resulting in regulatory exposure.

If your organisation requires any of the following within your compliance checklist, then you must consider a third-party risk management solution:

  • Have a lack of visibility or understanding danger of the risks posed by your relationships with many types of third parties?
  • Want greater visibility into third-party performance and risks?
  • Need to improve operational costs, process, efficiencies, and organisational agility associated with your third-party relationships?
  • Need to gain greater control over the related risks?
  • Want to be confident that third parties are compliant with your business’ policies and their own based on government regulations and industry requirements?

The role or size of the third party is not as important as the nature of the relationship they have with your business. Think of your third-party access to your sensitive data or property! A cleaning company with access to your filing cabinet represents a different but still significant risk. And remember, you are accountable for the inappropriate actions of any of your third parties.

THE SOLUTION: 3PRM: A Third-Party Certification Program; Qualify Your Partners. Protect Your Organisation.

Corporate Research and Investigations Limited (CRI® Group) is pleased to announce the rollout of its 3PRM-Certified™ program, specifically designed for organisations across the Middle East, Europe and Asian regions. 

This highly specialised Third-Party Risk Management assessment and certification program was developed to help organisations accurately determine the legal compliance, financial viability, and integrity levels of outside partners, suppliers, and customers who seek to affiliate with and represent your business.

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The 3PRM-Certified™ program consists of gap analysis and investigative due diligence on targeted third-party partners, suppliers and agents seeking to affiliate with your organisation. This highly thorough program can reveal any anti-corruption, compliance and risk management deficiencies associated with the international regulatory framework.

CRI® Group employs a network of locally qualified, subject-specific auditors, investigators, certified fraud examiners and industry-specific professionals across the Middle East, European and Asian regions who can provide expert counsel in offering 3PRM-Certified™ strategies as an effective pre-emptive measure. 

OUTCOMES – Identifying red flags

  • Undisclosed third-party transactions
  • Material misrepresentations or omissions
  • Unreported financial liabilities
  • Criminal or regulatory sanctions
  • Prior bribe or corruption allegations
  • Undisclosed legal or bankruptcy proceedings
  • Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs)

RESULT: A highly educated market responds immediately with their pocketbooks.

Has your organisation vetted its third-party relationships lately? CRI® Group’s 3PRM™ Third-party risk management strategy can safeguard your organisation against unwanted business dealings and risks from the third party. Contact CRI Group to learn more about our 3PRM-Certified™ third-party risk management strategy program and discover an effective and proactive approach to mitigating the risks associated with corruption, bribery, financial crimes and other dangerous threats posed by third-party partnerships.

We look forward to assisting you. Feel free to reach out to our CEO, Zafar I. Anjum, MSc, MS, LLM CFE, CIS, MICA, Int. Dip. (Fin. Crime), Int. Dip. (GRC), MBCI, CII Int. Dip. (AML) | e: zanjum@crigroup.com | t: +44 7588 454959

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Who is 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 ManagementEmployee Background ScreeningBusiness IntelligenceTPRMDue DiligenceCompliance Solutions 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

We’d like to share with you 10 great reasons to partner with CRI® Group today:

  1. CRI® Group’s personal touch: Our high level of service sets us apart from our competitors: As your partner, our team become members of your team – working for you with our “boots on the ground” approach to gathering information. Our experts excel at deterring, detecting and investigating fraud and other crimes against businesses.
  2. Our vast business intelligence network: We access information from 180 countries, gathering local knowledge in places our competitors cannot. Our presence in Pakistan, Oman, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Qatar, Egypt, Kuwait, Bahrain, as well as other countries in Africa and the whole of Southeast Asia, means that many of our competitors contact us for information from those countries.
  3. Competitive pricing: CRI® Group does not maintain the high overhead of larger firms, many of which lack our specialisation and level of individual client attention. We work within your budget, as CRI® Group’s prices are consistently lower than our competitors’ rates.
  4. 3PRM” – Our Third-Party Risk Management Strategy™: At CRI® Group, we have developed our own comprehensive service for helping clients manage third-party risks. Our team of experts provide the highest level of protection for companies worldwide.
  5. CRI® Group’s wide knowledge base: Our experts come from a variety of professions and possess industry knowledge and experience serving clients spanning the oil and energy, banking, investments, international finance, and public and privately held multinational business sectors. CRI® Group professionals work closely with your business to analyse systems and develop effective solutions that reduce the risk of your company falling prey to employees, suppliers or outside crime.
  6. Our background checks catch everything: CRI® Group’s background screening and pre-employment screening services expose vulnerabilities and threats within your organisation and can significantly reduce the potential of business and financial crime, fraud and malpractice from occurring within your workplace.
  7. We’re recognised and acclaimed: As well as winning awards for “Anti-Fraud Advisor of the Year,” “Leading Adviser in UAE”, and “Business Due-Diligence Firm of the Year,” CRI® Group is also working towards the “Investors in People” accreditation.
  8. We are discreet: Let’s face it; there are some problems you just don’t want announced to the world. Fraud, internal investigations, due diligence or liability issues – CRI® Group’s experts are trained to maintain the highest levels of client confidentiality. We keep your private business private.
  9. Our updates keep you in the know: As industry experts, we offer a publication called Fraud 360, which is produced on a quarterly basis, with monthly email updates offering awareness, knowledge, latest trends and helpful advice for companies on fraud. If you would like to be on our mailing list, please subscribe here.
  10. CRI® Group is truly international. We maintain offices in UAE, Turkey, Pakistan, Qatar, Singapore, Hong Kong, the United States and the United Kingdom. For more information, please visit www.crigroup.com.

Check out our Why Partner With CRI® Group InfoPack

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 SystemsISO 37301:2021 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.

 

WEBINAR | Compliance and Adequate Due Diligence for Third-Party Risk Managements

Building a Culture of Compliance and Trust Through ISO 37301:2021 CMS: Compliance adequate Due Diligence for Third-Party Risk Management – corporate compliance program

Free Webinar | 4 August 2022 | 2 pm – 3 pm UAE Time | in collaboration with ABAC®

CRI® Group is hosting a free webinar on August 4th in collaboration with sister brand the Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption (ABAC®) Center of Excellence. Our intention is to be able to provide resources on corporate compliance and due diligence to organizations around the globe that will aid them in expansion and an ethical working environment. Take advantage of this free webinar on compliance and adequate due diligence for Third-Party Risk Management. SAVE YOUR SEAT NOW

Compliance in the Workplace

The compliance standard directs an organization to establish ideals and ethics. It involves the organization to illustrate those ideals and ethics adequately in a manner in which team members can recognise them and submit to them. A compliance standard necessitates that an organization train team members on ideals and ethics and demands that the organization hold team members liable for their conflicts and behaviors. In other words, compliance helps to define the force in the wake of the organization and its motivational efforts. However, many authoritative figures view compliance as intrinsically fundamentalist as they assume that the objective of compliance is to rein in conduct that couldn’t be further than the truth. Compliance provides a compelling instrument of prolonged adjustment. If everyday behavior branches from education and codes of conduct, and codes of conduct branch from ethics, expression, and alteration; over time, these said principles can intensely influence administrative behavior. Standards can be deemed as a leveraging point, and in the long run, compliance centers on the driving principles of an organization therefore, it is incredibly important to implement them into your corporate culture which is what we intend on discussing in our webinar.

  • Most individuals are vaguely aware of what fraud prevention entails but many cannot fully comprehend how intensive and impactful a proper fraud prevention strategy can be. Our speaker will be looking at the following points.

 

Meet our speaker, Samia El Kadiri

Consultant, Author & Trainer, 6σGB |IRCA- QMS Lead Auditor | TOT | Auditor | Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption (ABAC®) Center of Excellence

She brings in over eight years of progressive experience working in private and government owned entities in compliance, management, quality assurance and excellence functions. Possess keen understanding, oversight and reporting mechanisms on Financial Crimes – Anti-Money Laundering, UAE Central Bank regulations, Dubai and UAE federal government mandates. She Developed and delivered various number of workshops and awareness sessions to leaders and decision makers on “Good Corporate Governance Practices”, “Development of Strategic Plan and Effective Policies” and “Financial Ethics” (AML&CFT according to local Guidelines). She authored reports and research papers on Compliance and the evolution of CG in the MENA region. She participated in the ESG Index; MENA wide Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) Index in cooperation with Standard & Poor’s with the support of the International Finance Corporation (IFC). She is a Consultant at DIFC – Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance charged with leading entities consultancy and advisory engagements in identifying the relevant controls, processes and frameworks and recommend areas of improvements. She works closely with clients in assessment and development, advisory and succession planning across multiple industries (Dubai and Federal Government entities, Healthcare, Financial institutions including Banks, and Real Estate) and functional topics (Ethics, Strategic excellence, ESG, Clinical Governance, Regulatory Compliance, Audit & Risk , Policies & Procedures…etc.). Prior to joining Hawkamah she was the Regulatory Compliance Officer and Chief Editor of Compliance newsletter at Wall Street Exchange, a member of Emirates Post Group where she developed systems, policies and procedures for compliance of relevant UAE laws. Prior to that she worked with the American Clinics for Psychiatry and Neurology where she focused on health care compliance of Dubai Healthcare Authority’s mandates. Prior to ACPN she worked at Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai where she focused on government excellence, quality management, and customer happiness. She is Graduated with a BSC in Economics. She is a Certified Train the Trainer – Institute of Leadership and Management (UK), In addition to other accreditations related to Anti-Money Laundry (AML) and Counter Financing Crimes. She is fluent in English, Arabic and French. SAVE YOUR SEAT NOW

Who should attend?

From corporations: By industry:  
  • Top Management (including Risk, Quality, Health, Safety & Environment Management)
  • Investigation Directors/Managers
  • CFO/Finance Directors/Financial Controllers
  • Finance manager/officer/director
  • CRO/Head of Risk Management
  • Internal Audit Directors/Managers
  • Internal Control Directors/Managers
  • Compliance Directors/Managers/Officers
  • Ethics/Integrity Officers
  • General Counsel
  • Legal Directors/Managers/Counsels
  • Head of Corporate Governance
  • Operations/Operating Officers
  • Procurement manager/ officer
  • Supply Chain Director/Manager
  • Medical & Healthcare
  • Oil, Gas & Mining
  • IT & High-Tech
  • FMCG & Retail
  • Engineering & Construction
  • Chemicals & Materials
  • Automobiles & Spare Parts
  • Machinery & Equipment
  • Household Appliance & Electronics
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By Job Title:

  • Investigation Director/Manager
  • Internal Audit Director/Manager
  • Internal Control Director/Manager
  • Chief Compliance/Legal /Ethics/Financial/Risk Officer
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  • General Counsel/Legal Director
  • Legal Manager /Legal Counsel
  • BD & Commercial Director/Manager
  • Purchasing Director/Manager


From Accounting Firms & Consulting:

  • Managing Director
  • Executive Director
  • Partner
  • Associate Attorney & Attorney

Why ISO?

Issued in April 2021, the ISO 37301 framework offers a certifiable global benchmark for compliance systems and explains in detail how to construct a compliance management system to comply with international official standards and regulations. This standard is also acknowledged to indicate compliance with social and ethical principles across the globe. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is an independent, non-governmental body that has developed and implemented the ISO 37301. Corporate compliance continues to be one of the utmost risk interests for management – to which the key solution in preserving integrity and confidence within an organization and third-party representatives is to implement a robust compliance program. The ISO 37301 further urges organizations to place emphasis on the methodical implementation of an organization-wide compliance system as a means of efficiency and compliance understanding the workplace. Like other ISO standards for management systems, such as the ISO 37001 standard for anti-bribery management systems, the ISO 37301 pulls on the founded ISO value of “Plan-Do-Check-Act” (PDCA) – a standard which necessitates those certified organizations to operate within an unremitting development progression sequence.

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About CRI® Group?

Based in London, United Kingdom, CRI® is a global company with experts and resources located in key regional marketplaces across the Asia Pacific, South Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, North and South America. We have experts’ speakers who know the industry inside out and have worked in the field for years and are dedicated to our mission of safeguarding the corporate world by detecting and exposing those elements that can cause irreparable harm to an organization while standing up against the outside forces, who through corruption, collusion, coercion, and fraud, can cause financial, organizational, reputational, and legal harm to our global clients. CRI® Group also holds BS 102000:2018 and BS 7858:2019 Certifications, is an HRO certified provider and partner with Oracle. Our webinars, resources and other events are always designed with our clients in mind. Expect to be provided detailed insights and expert opinions to all your questions and queries regarding compliance adequate due diligence for third-party risk management, corporate compliance program and what it means for your organization. CRI® Group has safeguarded businesses from any risks, providing investigations (i.e. insurance fraud), employee background screening, investigative due diligence, business intelligence, third-party risk management, forensic accounting, compliance and other professional investigative research services. In 2016, CRI® Group launched the 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.


CRI® Group invites you to schedule a quick appointment with us to discuss in more detail how our risk management solutions can help you and your organization.
 

 

 

What is Fraud Investigation?

Fraud is one of the biggest and most damaging risks businesses face. The headlines are full of organisations both in the private and public sectors affected by fraud, irregularity or other wrongdoing – either as a victim or accused. Statistics show that the threat of Corporate Fraud increases markedly in a down economy. And when such fraud occurs, it takes an average of 18 months to detect. In that timeframe, the damage to your business can be both widespread and irreversible. The hidden costs related to corporate fraud drains an estimated five per cent of revenue from corporations worldwide.

Fraud Risk Assessment and Fraud Risk Management: A Proactive Approach to Prevention and Detection

Historically, most major corporate fraud cases have been perpetrated by senior management who can circumvent internal controls and often work in collusion with other employees. By establishing a strong workplace environment that promotes ethical behaviour, deters wrongdoing and encourages all employees to communicate any known or suspected activity to the proper authority, you would be taking a proactive approach to prevention and detection.

What is the fraud investigation process?

When fraud is suspected within the organisation, CRI® Group’s experienced fraud analysts use proven techniques to aggressively investigate the case, collect evidence and determine the facts. Once the type of fraud is determined, a process of gathering all evidence possible to bulk out the investigation case starts. Evidence can be collected through a variety of means and methods.

These methods include conducting detailed asset checks, background verifications, surveillance checks and stylised forms of investigation and analysis; including employee investigations and investigations of an entire business. Subsequently, the victims and potential fraudsters will be interviewed.  Our analysts work with your management, internal security and legal teams to uncover the truth and bring proper closure to the case.

Are you auditing your fraud prevention program regularly?

  • Review and assessment of your current fraud risk management program, including policies, procedures, controls, reporting functions, responsibilities assignment and investigative requirements to identify the organisation’s susceptibility to fraud and vulnerability by the department.
  • Developing fraud prevention measures and implementing Anti-fraud controls.
  • Defining detection methods that encompass internal audits, suspicious transaction reporting, whistle-blower strategies, and program enforcement.
  • Re-engineering targeted job functions or internal controls to mesh with fraud risk management program refinements.

Take extra precaution with Fraud and White-Collar Crime Investigations

Fraud and white-collar crime investigations and risk consulting services have helped financial institutions, corporations, partnerships, and individuals worldwide minimise fraud and thereby satisfy capital markets, reduce legal costs, and maintain their reputation and brand equity. CRI® Group’s global team of Certified Fraud Examiners are trained in virtually every aspect of corporate fraud, including:

  • Money Laundering
  • Intellectual Property Crimes
  • Embezzlement
  • Check & Credit Card Fraud
  • Online Cybercrime
  • Accounting Fraud
  • Cash Theft
  • Asset Misappropriation
  • Bribery
  • Corruption
  • Contract & Procurement Fraud
  • Payroll Fraud

CRI® Group develops preventative measures that have helped organisations worldwide identify a material weakness in internal controls to mitigate collusive activity and reduce the liabilities associated with corporate fraud. Our trained investigators leverage our collective investigative experience, leading technology tools, global reach and credibility with regulators to bring you insights with precision and speed.

Our international team of Certified Fraud Examiners (CFEs) work with companies to analyse and assess fraud prevention measures, develop solid risk management programs, provide training for executives, board, management and staff, establish effective communications strategies for reporting suspicious behaviour, and implement investigation and corrective action policies that meet regulatory and compliance requirements.

CRI® Group professionals work with your organisation on an unbiased level, strengthening your fraud risk management program by:

  • Adhering to the organisation’s written code of conduct
  • Reviewing existing fraud risk management programs
  • Training employees to properly identify fraud
  • Developing internal and external reporting channels
  • Identifying senior management, board and employee responsibilities
  • Conducting and monitoring the progress of investigations
  • Providing thorough reporting of investigative results
  • Testifying as expert witnesses, if required

Who is 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 ManagementEmployee Background ScreeningBusiness IntelligenceTPRMDue DiligenceCompliance Solutions 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.

CRI® Group invites you to schedule a quick appointment with us to discuss in more detail how our risk management solutions can help you and your organisation. 

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Why CRI® Group?

  • CRI® has one of the largest, most experienced & best-trained integrity due diligence teams in the world.
  • We have a flat structure which means that you will have direct access to senior members of staff throughout the due diligence process.
  • Our multi-lingual teams have conducted assignments on thousands of subjects in over 80 countries, & we’re committed to maintaining & constantly evolving our global network.
  • Our solutions are easily customisable, flexible & we will tailor our scope to address your concerns & risk areas; saving you time & money.
  • Our team of more than 50 full-time analysts is spread across Europe, Middle East, Asia, North and South America & is fully equiped with the local knowledge to serve your needs globally.
  • Our extensive solutions include due diligence, employee pre & post background screening, business intelligence & compliance, facilitating any decision-making across your business no matter what area or department.

In 2016, CRI® Group launched the Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption (ABAC®) Center of Excellence – an independent certification body that provides education and certification services for individuals and organisations on a wide range of disciplines and ISO standards, including ISO 31000:2018 Risk Management- GuidelinesISO 37000:2021 Governance of OrganisationsISO 37002:2021 Whistleblowing Management SystemISO 37301:2021 (formerly ISO 19600) Compliance Management system (CMS)Anti-Money Laundering (AML); and ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management Systems ABMS. ABAC® offers a complete suite of solutions designed to help organisations mitigate the internal and external risks associated with operating in multi-jurisdiction and multi-cultural environments while assisting in developing frameworks for strategic compliance programs. Contact ABAC® for more on ISO Certification and training.

Supply chain due diligence act will enter into force on 1 January 2023, are you ready?

The German Parliament (“Bundestag”) adopted the “Act on Corporate Due Diligence in Supply Chains” (Supply Chain Due Diligence Act – “Act” or “LkSG”), and the act will enter into force on 1 January 2023. Originally adopted on 11 June last year, 2021, the act aims to improve the protection of the environment and international human rights by setting binding standards for large companies and their value chains. 

Background

Following the 2011 UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), Germany adopted a National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights, which recalled (but without setting legal standards) that companies should respect human rights in their operations, their value chains, and it is a well-known fact that most human rights violations occur at the beginning of the supply chain. But, and unsurprisingly, ten years after the adoption of the UNGPs, according to a study commissioned by the government:

  • only 13-17% of German companies were considered to be “in compliance” with their obligations
  • while 83-87% were not, and
  • less than 1% were classified as “companies with an implementation plan” concerning these obligations.

As part of the fight against human rights violations and environmental degradation, the LkSG act notably aims to protect people from modern slavery, forced labour, human trafficking, hazardous work and exploitation under the standards of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the relevant articles of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (UN Social Covenant). 

The LkSG act is the first in Germany to establish binding standards for companies concerning human rights and the environment. This is a huge milestone as it marks a shift away from the voluntary standards and self-regulation principles. 

Who is affected?

  • From 1 January 2023 onwards: All companies with at least 3,000 employees that have their head office, administrative seat or statutory seat in Germany OR companies that have a branch in Germany and usually employ at least 3,000 employees in this branch;
  • From 1 January 2024 onwards: All companies with at least 1,000 employees that have their head office, administrative seat or statutory seat in Germany OR companies that have a branch in Germany and usually employ at least 1,000 employees in this branch.

Even if companies with fewer employees are not addressees of the LkSG Act, they may still be indirectly affected; therefore, due diligence obligations could still apply. This is because the companies directly affected would be obliged to enforce compliance to the best of their ability with human rights in their supply chain. The measures necessary for this can have a direct impact on their suppliers, for example, through the implementation of a code of conduct. In addition, the directly affected companies will often be dependent on the active support of their suppliers and thus have this support be contractually assured, e.g. in the form of reporting obligations as part of their risk analysis.

New risk management and reporting duties for businesses

With newly imposed due diligence obligations on environmental protection and on human rights, businesses must introduce iterative and ongoing, or in certain circumstances ad hoc, due diligence processes specified by the LkSG.

Identification and management of an organisation’s supply chain and the risks that come with it require the implementation of due diligence processes. The term “supply chain” refers to all products/services of a business, including all manufacturing and services, in Germany and/or abroad, from the extraction of raw materials to their delivery to the end customer. Furthermore, due diligence processes should implement the following criteria: 

  • type and scope of the business activities of the company subject to the due diligence obligations,
  • the ability of the company subject to the due diligence obligations to exert influence (so-called leverage),
  • typically expected severity of the violation, and
  • type of contribution by the company subject to the due diligence obligations to cause a violation. 

Who is 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 ManagementEmployee Background ScreeningBusiness IntelligenceTPRMDue DiligenceCompliance Solutions 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 B.S. 102000:2013 and B.S. 7858:2012 Certifications and is an HRO certified provider and partners with Oracle.

In 2016, CRI® Group launched the Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption (ABAC®) Center of Excellence – an independent certification body that provides education and certification services for individuals and organisations on a wide range of disciplines and ISO standards, including ISO 31000:2018 Risk Management- GuidelinesISO 37000:2021 Governance of OrganisationsISO 37002:2021 Whistleblowing Management SystemISO 37301:2021 (formerly ISO 19600) Compliance Management system (CMS)Anti-Money Laundering (AML); and ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management Systems ABMS. ABAC® offers a complete suite of solutions designed to help organisations mitigate the internal and external risks associated with operating in multi-jurisdiction and multi-cultural environments while assisting in developing frameworks for strategic compliance programs. Contact ABAC® for more on ISO Certification and training.

7 reasons why you should perform global integrity due diligence investigations

Why should you perform global integrity due diligence investigations?

Global integrity due diligence investigations provides your business with the critical information it needs to make sound decisions regarding mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, and the selection of vendors, suppliers, and employees. Due Diligence on potential business partners when adding a new vendor or hiring a new employee is vital to confirm the legitimacy and reduce the risks associated with such professional relationships. It will ensure that working with an, i.e. potential trade partner will ultimately achieve your organisation’s strategic and financial goals.

Why perform due Diligence?

To answer questions such as “Does trade partner adhere to (inter)national regulations on anti-corruption and anti-bribery?” or “Is it possible that there is a liability risk in your supply chain?,” performing due Diligence across your business is key to:

  1. Quantify the real risk of a financial transaction, particular if the transaction takes place in a jurisdiction unfamiliar to you
  2. Meet legal compliance and/or get regulatory approval
  3. Assist in accurate decision-making
  4. Identify red flag issues
  5. Provide leverage for business valuation and negotiation
  6. Verify that investment or acquisition criteria have been met
  7. Ensure the other party or company is trustworthy

At CRI®, we provide due diligence services where ever you are. Use our DueDiligence360™ reports to help you comply with anti-money laundering, anti-bribery, and anti-corruption regulations ahead of a merger, acquisition, or joint venture. You can also use them for third-party risk assessment, onboarding decision-making, and identifying beneficial ownership structures.

Identify key risk issues clearly and concisely using accurate information in a well-structured and transparent report format. Our comprehensive range of reports includes specialised reports that support specific compliance requirements. Protect your reputation and the risk of financial damage and regulator action using our detailed reports. They enhance your knowledge and understanding of the customer, supplier, and third-party risk, helping you avoid those involved with financial crime.

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CRI® investigators employ a proven, multi-faceted research approach that involves a global array of databases, courts and public record searches, local contacts, industry and media resources, and in-depth web-based research. Our resources include:

  • International business verification
  • Individual business interest search
  • Personal profile on individual subjects
  • Company profile on corporate entities
  • Historical ownership analysis
  • Identification of subsidiaries and connected parties
  • Global/national criminality & regulatory records checks
  • Politically Exposed Person database
  • International digital media research
  • Company background analysis
  •  Industry reputational assessment
  • FCPA, UK Anti-Bribery and corruption risk databases
  • Global terrorism checks
  • Global financial regulatory authorities checks
  • Money laundering risk database
  • Financial reports
  • Asset tracing
  • Country-specific databases that include litigation checks, law enforcement agencies & capital market regulators.

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Clients who partner with us benefit from our:

  • Expertise: CRI® has one of the largest, most experienced and best-trained integrity due diligence teams globally.
  • Global scope: Our multi-lingual teams have conducted assignments on thousands of subjects in over 80 countries, and we’re committed to maintaining and constantly evolving our global network.
  • Flexibility: Our DueDiligence360™ service is flexible and can apply different levels of scrutiny to the subjects of our assignments, according to client needs and the nature of the project.

At CRI®, we specialise in Integrity Due Diligence, working as trusted partners to businesses and institutions worldwide. Our people work with energy, insight and care to ensure we provide a positive experience to everyone involved – clients, reference providers and candidates.

CRI® Group’s unique identity and vision evolved from our fundamental desire to support our clients and candidates. Safeguard your business and its integrity with DueDiligence360™. Our DueDiligence360™ expose vulnerabilities and threats that can cause serious damage to your organisation and can significantly reduce business. The world’s largest corporations trust CRI® and consultancies – outsource your due Diligence to an experienced provider, and you will only ever have to look forward, never back.

We are always ready to assist you in effectively managing your business and organisation efficiently and risk-free manner that best suits your needs. CRI® Group’s investigators and Certified Fraud Examiners understand fraud patterns. They are trained to recognise the elements of fraud characteristics and where they might come into play at any organisation. Through this knowledge, we can help you uncover the trail of fraud and help bring about a quick and successful resolution.

Having global coverage, CRI® works directly with the key personnel to lead and conduct fraud investigations, including, if needed, your internal board of directors, audit committee, ethics and compliance officers, general and in-house counsel, corporate security, human resources, and C-level executives. Explore our broad range of risk management solutions for your business.

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Who is 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 ManagementEmployee Background ScreeningBusiness IntelligenceTPRMDue DiligenceCompliance Solutions 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 that provides education and certification services for individuals and organisations on a wide range of disciplines and ISO standards, including ISO 31000:2018 Risk Management- GuidelinesISO 37000:2021 Governance of OrganisationsISO 37002:2021 Whistleblowing Management SystemISO 37301:2021 (formerly ISO 19600) Compliance Management system (CMS)Anti-Money Laundering (AML); and ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management Systems ABMS. ABAC® offers a complete suite of solutions designed to help organisations mitigate the internal and external risks associated with operating in multi-jurisdiction and multi-cultural environments while assisting in developing frameworks for strategic compliance programs. Contact ABAC® for more on ISO Certification and training.

OUR MISSION AND VISION

  • CRI® mission is to safeguard the corporate world by detecting and exposing those elements that can cause irreparable harm to a business
  • Stand up against the outside forces that, through corruption, collusion, coercion and fraud, can cause financial, organisational, reputational and legal harm to our global clients
  • Stand out as the preeminent provider of specialised investigative services that enable our clients to exhibit the highest standards of business integrity, ethics and behaviour

 

 

Anti-Money Laundering (AML) services

There are many advantages to outsourcing portions of your Anti-Money Laundering (AML) compliance program to CRI® Group

CRI® Anti-money laundering (AML) advisory services help analyse systems and develop effective solutions that reduce your company’s risk of falling prey to employee, supplier or outside corporate and financial crimes. An effective AML framework is a testament to your organisation’s position against crime. 

Our unmatched investigative capabilities, worldwide presence and a long-standing reputation for independence and integrity make us uniquely qualified to resolve regulatory concerns.

Our vast Anti-Corruption and Compliance network provides the protection you need when making critical bottom-line decisions crucial to your organisation’s success. Leave it for experts. Ensure you have the 360-degrees analysis of your challenges – get in touch with the experienced CRI® Group’s AML team for a bespoke quote.

Meet stakeholder expectations and safeguard your corporate reputation and competitive positioning

As a global business entity with a range of subsidiary partner operations that cross several distinct business sectors (including but not limited to telecommunication, financial services, petrochemicals, energy production/distribution, chemicals, fertilisers and food), your organisation needs to recognise that it is targeted by hostile entities seeking to take advantage of your market presence.

One of the critical challenges is corporate finance’s control and movement and the need to ensure that effective Anti-Money Laundering (AML Framework) procedures and practices are in place. Refusal to accept the risks and your organisation is openly exposed to:

  • Corporate Fraud;
  • Corruption;
  • Exploitation from the theft of money & other assets.

You need to comply with national, regional, and international legislative frameworks such as:

  • Section 453 of the 2017 Companies Act (Pakistan); and
  • UK’s Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) 2000).

More fundamentally, money that is unknowingly, unwittingly or (in the case of fraud and corruption) even consciously ‘laundered’ through the organisation could ultimately support, finance and promote international terrorism and the drugs trade. 

A money-laundering prevention program is an essential element among institutions’ measures to protect their operations and promote trust among their clients and partners. CRI® Group works with clients to design, implement, and refine comprehensive AML policies and procedures and establish an overarching compliance strategy and culture, including firm-wide training on AML compliance that reflects the latest regulatory and enforcement trends and industry best practices.

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As global corporate citizens aware of their responsibilities, any international organisation must comprehensively address these concerns and implement policies, procedures, and associated risk assessment mechanisms.

Consequences of an absent AML framework

To have insufficient controls and be charged with engaging in money laundering can have any of the following negative consequence

  • Damaged corporate reputations & brand devaluation
  • Eroding employee morale
  • Potential consumer boycotts
  • Negative investor perceptions
  • Possible legal action
  • Fines & potential jail terms for directors

Contact CRI® today and learn more about how your organisation can remain in full compliance with all applicable AML laws and regulations, giving you, your partners and your clients the confidence of knowing that the organisation, and its reputation, is protected from the negative consequences of money laundering.

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AML Due Diligence with CRI® Group

Complying with AML regulations requires taking a risk-based approach towards assessing the risks from doing business with customers and third parties. CRI® Group offers a broad spectrum of risk-based screening, monitoring, and due diligence solutions that suit the needs of AML compliance professionals. We provide tailored solutions commensurate with the level of risk involved.

There are many advantages to outsourcing portions of your AML compliance program to CRI® Group. More and more, in-house compliance professionals have faced internal financial pressures and resource constraints while looking to build an effective and robust AML program. CRI® Group can help supplement your existing efforts and provide AML and due diligence solutions capabilities worldwide.

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AML service capabilities

CRI® excels at deterring, detecting and investigating crimes against businesses. We achieve success using a global network of professionals specially trained in Anti-Corruption, Risk Management and Compliance due diligence, and corporate investigations. More importantly, our technical capabilities and multi-national resources enable us to perform the following scope of work for your organisation to demonstrate adequate procedures and to provide a complete solution consisting:

  • In-Depth AML Risk Assessment
  • GAP Analysis for the scope of ISO 37301 Compliance Management System
  • Provision of AML Framework
  • Global Sanction Screening & Third-Party Risk Management
  • Money laundering reporting officer (MLRO)
  • Policy statement
  • AML framework – scope of the AML framework
  • What is money laundering – regulatory requirements
  • Identifying financing terrorism
  • Corporate principles – an ethical & integrated business approach
  • Screening of politically exposed persons & sanctions
  • Suspicious activity reporting, tipping off & sar submission
  • Record keeping

CRI® professionals work closely with your business to analyse systems and develop effective solutions that reduce your company’s risk of falling prey to employee, supplier or outside corporate and financial crimes. Our vast Anti-Corruption and Compliance network provides the protection you need when making critical bottom-line decisions crucial to your organisation’s success.

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CRI® Group excels at deterring, detecting and investigating crimes against businesses. We achieve success using a global network of professionals specially trained in Anti-Corruption, Risk Management and Compliance due diligence, and corporate investigations– a complete 360-Degrees AML management solution. More importantly, our technical capabilities and multi-national resources enable us to perform the following scope of work for your organisation to demonstrate adequate procedures:

  • In-Depth Anti-Money Laundering Risk Assessment;
  • GAP Analysis for the scope of ISO 37301 Compliance Management System;
  • Provision of AML Framework; and
  • Global Sanction Screening and Third-Party Risk Management

CRI® Group helps clients expertly and efficiently resolve gaps and deficiencies in their AML compliance programs. We offer diligence remediation services to assist our clients with changes in the law and/or internal firm policies. CRI® Group also offers transactional remediation services when clients require a “look back” to evaluate in-house performance and compliance. 

Why Partner with CRI® Group

Who is 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 ManagementEmployee Background ScreeningBusiness IntelligenceTPRMDue DiligenceCompliance Solutions 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 102000:2018 and BS 7858:2019 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 that provides education and certification services for individuals and organisations on a wide range of disciplines and ISO standards, including ISO 31000:2018 Risk Management- GuidelinesISO 37000:2021 Governance of OrganisationsISO 37002:2021 Whistleblowing Management SystemISO 37301:2021 (formerly ISO 19600) Compliance Management system (CMS)Anti-Money Laundering (AML); and ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management Systems ABMS. ABAC® offers a complete suite of solutions designed to help organisations mitigate the internal and external risks associated with operating in multi-jurisdiction and multi-cultural environments while assisting in developing frameworks for strategic compliance programs. Contact ABAC® for more on ISO Certification and training.

CRI® Group invites you to schedule a quick appointment with us to discuss in more detail how our risk management solutions can help you and your organisation. 

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External protection: Due Diligence investigations

Due Diligence Investigations can give you external protection

Due Diligence investigations involve thoroughly identifying, evaluating and verifying all available information on a person, company or entity. By conducting a comprehensive due diligence investigation through a reliable partner, you can make informed and confident business decisions – especially important when you’re hiring or considering prospective business partners or new commercial relationships – and protect your organisation and team from external risks.

With corruption rife on an international scale, due diligence investigations with a global reach are more important than ever. To protect your business from liabilities and regulatory non-compliance and to ensure successful, legitimate business transactions, you must make sure your organisation has timely and accurate business intelligence as a business leader.

Due diligence is called for whenever an individual or company enters into a high-stakes transaction. For example, if your company is considering acquiring a piece of real estate, purchasing another business, or hiring a job candidate to fill a top position, a due diligence investigation can uncover information that might not be readily available. Companies may also benefit from investigating potential clients, overseas business partners, and intellectual property.

In theory, anyone can perform a due diligence investigation. However, the process is time-consuming and requires access to a wide range of data sources. Most companies hire professional investigators who have the time and the expertise to do in-depth due diligence research properly and legally and to provide an informed analysis of potential risks. CRI® Group uses a proven, multi-faceted research approach to third-party investigations involving a global array of databases, court and public record searches, local contacts, industry and media resources, and in-depth web-based research. Our resources include:

  • International business verification
  • Individual business interest search
  • Personal profile on individual subjects
  • Company profile on corporate entities
  • Historical ownership analysis
  • Identification of subsidiaries and connected parties
  • Global and national criminality and regulatory records check
  • World-check politically exposed person database
  • international media research
  • Country-specific databased that include litigation checks, law enforcement agencies and capital market, regulators
  • Company background analysis
  • Industry reputational assessment
  • FCPA, UK Anti-Bribery and corruption risks databases
  • Global terrorism check
  • Global Financial authorities check
  • Money laundering risk databases
  • Financial reports

CRI® Group investigations delve deep into every aspect of the third-party provider, including operational performance, financial condition, reputation, references, present and past litigation, key principals, internal controls, current relationships, customer services, quality control and insurance coverage. A company’s reputation is one of its greatest assets and should be protected at all costs. Unfortunately, one dishonest associate or poor choice of investment can do a lot of damage to a company’s image as well as to its bottom line. A proper due diligence investigation can protect you and your business from bad investments, unpleasant surprises, and even legal troubles. Getting a more complete picture of a situation through due diligence can help you make better, more profitable decisions. If you’re ready to perform a due diligence investigation but don’t know where to start, contact CRI® Group today. 

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Who is 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 ManagementEmployee Background ScreeningBusiness IntelligenceTPRMDue DiligenceCompliance Solutions 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

We’d like to share with you 10 great reasons to partner with CRI® Group today:

  1. CRI® Group’s personal touch: Our high level of service sets us apart from our competitors: As your partner, our team become members of your team – working for you with our “boots on the ground” approach to gathering information. Our experts excel at deterring, detecting and investigating fraud and other crimes against businesses.
  2. Our vast business intelligence network: We access information from 180 countries, gathering local knowledge in places our competitors cannot. Our presence in Pakistan, Oman, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Qatar, Egypt, Kuwait, Bahrain, as well as other countries in Africa and the whole of Southeast Asia, means that many of our competitors contact us for information from those countries.
  3. Competitive pricing: CRI® Group does not maintain the high overhead of larger firms, many of which lack our specialisation and level of individual client attention. We work within your budget, as CRI® Group’s prices are consistently lower than our competitors’ rates.
  4. 3PRM” – Our Third-Party Risk Management Strategy™: At CRI® Group, we have developed our own comprehensive service for helping clients manage third-party risks. Our team of experts provide the highest level of protection for companies worldwide.
  5. CRI® Group’s wide knowledge base: Our experts come from a variety of professions and possess industry knowledge and experience serving clients spanning the oil and energy, banking, investments, international finance, and public and privately held multinational business sectors. CRI® Group professionals work closely with your business to analyse systems and develop effective solutions that reduce the risk of your company falling prey to employees, suppliers or outside crime.
  6. Our background checks catch everything: CRI® Group’s background screening and pre-employment screening services expose vulnerabilities and threats within your organisation and can significantly reduce the potential of business and financial crime, fraud and malpractice from occurring within your workplace.
  7. We’re recognised and acclaimed: As well as winning awards for “Anti-Fraud Advisor of the Year,” “Leading Adviser in UAE”, and “Business Due-Diligence Firm of the Year,” CRI® Group is also working towards the “Investors in People” accreditation.
  8. We are discreet: Let’s face it; there are some problems you just don’t want announced to the world. Fraud, internal investigations, due diligence or liability issues – CRI® Group’s experts are trained to maintain the highest levels of client confidentiality. We keep your private business private.
  9. Our updates keep you in the know: As industry experts, we offer a publication called Fraud 360, which is produced on a quarterly basis, with monthly email updates offering awareness, knowledge, latest trends and helpful advice for companies on fraud. If you would like to be on our mailing list, please subscribe here.
  10. CRI® Group is truly international. We maintain offices in UAE, Turkey, Pakistan, Qatar, Singapore, Hong Kong, the United States and the United Kingdom. For more information, please visit www.crigroup.com.

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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 SystemsISO 37301:2021 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.