Times are changing, and the resources required to conduct background searches and investigations have strained businesses worldwide. With a dramatic rise in business liability associated with hiring the wrong individuals and the increase in penalties imposed on companies that extend from C-suites to Boards of Directors, businesses are taking a closer look at the systems, procedures and resources utilised to screen potential job candidates. It is important to know that the BS7858:2012 standard has been replaced with the new BS7858:2019 standard. The British Standards Institutions have released a new edition that has brought the standard up to date and features many changes. BS 7858:2019 employee screening offers you the complete solution now.

In balancing the effectiveness and accuracy of a background screening investigation with the limited time normally allowed to conduct such a search, the onus falls chiefly on the screening firm and its ability to acquire timely information. The Global Community has become one collective hiring pool. Thanks to technology, a top candidate for a high-level position in one corner of the world might hail from a remote province on the opposite side of the globe. This poses a significant problem for organisations looking to acquire the best talent:

  • How can you be confident your candidate truly has the skills, credentials, knowledge and experience they claim to possess?
  • How can you be certain of that candidate’s integrity, background, and personal history?

BS 7858:2019 Playbook

The premise behind the standard is to safeguard employers from bad or fraudulent hires. The price of a bad hire has far-reaching consequences for any business, including productivity loss, decreased employee morale, risks to employee safety, increased exposure to costly negligent hiring claims, and potentially devastating litigation. Cases of organisations that forego conducting due diligence on a new hire – especially a hire with high-risk exposure – often end badly for those organisations. Due to COVID-19, times are changing, and the resources required to conduct background searches and investigations have strained businesses worldwide. 

At CRI®, we know how important is your background screening to your company’s success and to give you an idea of what is new, we have produced this playbook detailing the differences between the BS7858:2012 standard and the new BS7858:2019 standard.

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BS 7858:2019 accredited companies (such as CRI®) highlight to their clients that their security personnel are staff that can be trusted and relied upon to complete a high-quality job. The screening process highlights the level of conduct they have presented in the past. This reassures the safety of the people, goods, and property they have been hired to protect. If you have any further questions or are interested in implementing compliance solutions, please contact us.

Contact CRI® Group to learn more about its 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 risks posed by third-party partnerships.

About CRI® Group

Based in London, CRI® 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® also holds BS 102000:2013 and BS 7858:2012 Certifications, is an HRO certified provider and partner with Oracle.

In 2016, CRI® launched the Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption (ABAC®) Center of Excellence – an independent certification body established for ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management SystemsISO 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.

Meet our CEO

Zafar I. Anjum is Group Chief Executive Officer of CRI®, a global supplier of investigative, forensic accounting, business due diligence and employee background screening services for some of the world’s leading business organisations. Headquartered in London (with a significant presence throughout the region) and licensed by the Dubai International Financial Centre-DIFC, the Qatar Financial Center-QFC, and the Abu Dhabi Global Market-ADGM, CRI® safeguards businesses by establishing the legal compliance, financial viability, and integrity levels of outside partners, suppliers and customers seeking to affiliate with your business. CRI® maintains offices in UAE, Pakistan, Qatar, Singapore, Malaysia, Brazil, China, the USA, and the United Kingdom.

Zafar Anjum, MSc, MS, CFE, CII, MICA, Int. Dip. (Fin. Crime)

CRI® Group Chief Executive Officer

t: +44 207 8681415 | m: +44 7588 454959 | e: zanjum@crigroup.com