When it comes to providing information security, financial audits, risk assessments, background checks, due diligence and a wide range of anti-fraud related services, maintaining the highest levels of training and expertise is an absolute must. That’s why CRI Group achieves critical certifications from the British Standards Institute (BSI), the National Association of Background Screeners (NAPBS) and other preeminent groups in the security and anti-fraud field as part of the firm’s commitment to its clients. Middle East BS 10200:2013 BS 7858:2012
CRI Group is the first and only investigative research company in the Middle East to receive the certifications BS 10200:2013, Code of Practice for the Provision of Investigative Services, and BS 7858:2012, Security Screening of Individuals Employed in a Security Environment, from internationally recognised training and certification body BSI. CRI Group also holds other BSI certifications (more on those within this article).
Founded in 1901, BSI is the UK national standards body that works with thousands of organisations in more than 150 countries. BSI is accredited by 20 local and international bodies. We sat down with CRI Group President and CEO Zafar I Anjum, CFE, to discuss these certifications and what they mean:
CRI Group is the only firm of its kind in the Middle East to hold the BS 10200:2013 and BS 7858:2012 certifications. What led you to embark on gaining these and other certifications from BSI?
Anjum: Just a few years ago, we announced that CRI Group would be engaging BSI for training and certification on many levels, and these and other certifications are direct results of that initiative. Earning multiple certifications from a distinguished standards body like BSI is a mark of pride for us as it demonstrates expertise in our core services.
BS 10200:2013 is the “Code of Practice for the Provision of Investigative Services.” What does this mean?
Anjum: This certifies CRI Group’s proficiency in providing services regarding fraud risk assessment and investigations, forensic accounting, intellectual property (IP) investigations, due diligence and background investigations, debt collections, corporate security consulting and investigation, pre- and post-employment screening and fraud and crime investigations.
BS 7858:2012 denotes “Security Screening of Individuals Employed in a Security Environment.” Please tell us more about this certification.
Anjum: This recognises CRI Group’s expertise in screening services including identity checks, financial checks, employment checks and criminal records checks. CRI Group implemented this standard with regular external audits conducted by BSI and adhered to recommendations specifically vetting and conducting employment background screening of security personnel seeking affiliations with security companies.
How does this relate to CRI Group’s EmploySmart program?
Anjum: Background screening professionals must be on the cutting edge of industry technology and resources – while also staying educated on the changing laws and regulations that govern the field. At CRI Group, we are proud to provide the most extensive and thorough background screening services as part of our EmploySmart program.
CRI Group also holds the certifications ISO/IEC 27001:2013, Information Security Management System, and ISO 9001:2008, Quality Management System, from BSI, and you are a a credentialed NAPBS (National Association of Professional Background Screeners) Research Provider. Congratulations on these distinguished credentials!
Anjum: Thank you. We are pleased to have our expertise in these areas recognised by BSI, NAPBS and other leading bodies, and we will continue to strive to provide the top level of service for businesses to help them prevent and detect fraud.
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, Compliance 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 established for ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management Systems, ISO 19600:2014 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.