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 which has brought the standard up to date and features a number of changes. BS 7858:2019 employee screening offers you the complete solution now.
In trying to balance 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 it’s 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?
- More importantly, how can you be certain of the integrity, background and personal history of that candidate?
The price of a bad hire has far-reaching consequences for any business, including productivity loss, decreased employee morale, risks to employee safety and increased exposure to costly negligent hiring claims and potentially devastating litigation. The premise behind the standard is to safeguard employers from bad or fraudulent hires. 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. At CRI Group 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 BS 7858:2012 standard and the new BS 7858:2019 standard.
BS 7858:2019 accredited companies (such CRI Group) highlight to their clients that their security personnel are staff that can be trusted and relied upon to complete a high-quality job as the screening process highlights the level of conduct that they have presented in the past. This reassures the safety of the people, goods and property that they have been hired to protect. If you have any further questions or interest 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 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 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 Group, 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 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 Group 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 Group maintains offices in UAE, Pakistan, Qatar, Singapore, Malaysia, Brazil, China, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org