CRI® Group is attending 2022 ACC Annual Conference

Corporate Research and Investigations Limited (CRI® Group) is delighted to unveil our place at the 2022 ACC (Association of Corporate Counsel) annual conference as a sponsor and exhibitor.

The ACC Annual Meeting at Las Vegas on October 23-26 is convened each year with a large emphasis on law, legislature, training, and compliance associated topics in correlation to Third-Party Risk Management and ISO certification (ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Management System and ISO 37301 Compliance Management System).

The ACC Annual Meeting is the world’s largest gathering of corporate counsel and will include more than 30 sessions led by industry-leading specialists and counsel. It is standard for the Exhibition Hall to be packed with industry affiliates and experts showcasing their goods and services and is an excellent prospect for you to educate yourself about the most recent industry manufactured goods and services that can be used to enrich your organisation’s stance on conducting due diligence and compliance. Every attendee is guaranteed to leave this conference equipped with significant data and resources to advance their corporate objectives.

If you are attending 2022 ACC, please come by and visit with us. CRI® Group would love to talk about your goals and challenges in helping your company stay better protected from fraud and corruption.

CRI® Group invites you to schedule a quick appointment with us to discuss in more detail how conducting due diligence and compliance can help you and your organisation. 

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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 level of access to your sensitive data or your 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. Do you have answers to the following:

  • 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, as well as their own—based on government regulations and industry requirements?

If your organisation seeks answers to any of the above questions, you must consider a third-party risk management solution. CRI® Group invites you to schedule a quick appointment with us to discuss in more detail how 3PRM™ can help you and your organisation. 

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Why attend?

Here are seven great reasons why you should be there…

  1.  Your future success. In these uncertain times, you need to invest in your future and elevate your practice and law department to a new standard of excellence.
  2. The right subject matter. This year’s bold, new conference is packed with practical, interactive, and engaging adult learning formats — sessions, workshops, and roundtables that will help you and your colleagues from around the world dig deep into critical subject matters.
  3. Expert presenters. Hear directly from an impressive group of legal industry thought leaders.
  4. Unparalleled networking. Exchange ideas and share experiences with thousands of your colleagues from around the globe with 30+ hours of networking events.
  5. Solutions. Get up-to-the-minute information from 100+ law firms and legal service providers.
  6. CLE/CPD credit. Get the professional development you need and earn up to a year’s worth of CLE/CPD credits.
  7. The Phoenix Experience. Jaw-dropping sunsets paint the desert sky nightly. Bask in near-perpetual sunshine. And the Phoenix Convention Center sits in the middle of a walkable downtown filled with independent restaurants, craft brewpubs, and live-music venues.

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If your organisation requires any of the below within your compliance checklist, you must consider a third-party risk management solution. CRI® Group invites you to schedule a quick appointment with us to discuss in more detail how 3PRM™ can help you and your organisation. 

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 Third-Party Risk Management solution (TPRM), also known as 3PRM™.

The solution includes establishing the legal compliance, financial viability, and integrity levels of outside partners, suppliers, customers, and other sources worldwide seeking potential affiliations with your organisation.

Our 3PRM™ solution streamlines the third-party risk management process through scalability and efficiencies – from third-party risk identification to assessment. What sets us apart is that our 3PRM™ solution includes:

  •  Due Diligence
  • Screeningand background checks
  • Business intelligence: information management
  • Investigations: i.e. IP, fraud, conflict of interest, etc
  •  Regulatory compliance
  • Anti-bribery and anti-corruption (ABAC) compliance
  • Employee auditing training and education
  • Monitoring and reporting

 With a network of trained professionals positioned across five continents, CRI® Group’s 3PRM™ services utilise one of the largest multi-national fraud investigation teams the industry has to offer. Our solution is flexible and responsive to the various risk domains that are most important to your business, from cybersecurity to anti-bribery. CRI® Group invites you to schedule a quick appointment with us to discuss in more detail how 3PRM™ can help you and your organisation. 

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It is an honour for us to be a part of a conference that extends to and facilitates so many organisations across the globe; more information on the event will be released soon, so keep your eye out for our updates! We hope to see you there. Are you ready to 3PRM™Find out more about the significance of conducting due diligence or download the free brochure. We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!

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About ACC

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is a global bar association that promotes in-house counsel’s common professional and business interests through information, education, networking opportunities, and advocacy initiatives. ACC is a global legal association that promotes the common professional and business interests of in-house counsel who work for corporations, associations, and other organisations through information, education, networking, and advocacy. ACC has more than 60 chapters and networks across the globe.

Founded as the American Corporate Counsel Association in 1981, our roots began in the United States. Since our founding, we’ve grown from a small organisation of in-house counsel to a worldwide network of legal professionals. Read the story of how ACC grew as an organisation of just 2,000 members to become today’s global organisation.

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.

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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Thank you for visiting us at Trade Winds

2022 Trade Winds was a success…

Thank you for visiting us at Trade Winds! Corporate Research and Investigations Limited (CRI® Group) was delighted to take its place at the 2022 Trade Winds As the largest annual U.S. government trade mission, Trade Winds was held at Dubai on March 6-8, 2022 at the InterContinental Festival City, at the same time as World Expo. Organized by the U.S. Commercial Service, Trade Winds featured pre-scheduled meetings with the U.S. Commercial Diplomats from over 20 countries in the Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, exciting conference programming and plenty of networking! 

Trade Winds was a great opportunity to have meaningful conversations with many of you. Conversations on how to protect your organization from liability, business interruption and brand damage by partnering with the CRI® Group. Our 3PRMTM solution address various specific areas, including:

  • Third-Party Integrity Due Diligence and Screening: ensure global compliance, provides adequate monitoring and protection against potential litigation;
  • 3PRM Enhanced Background Checks: uncovers derogatory information within the public and private record resources through risk-based background checks, including investigative research into suppliers and individuals, ultimate-beneficial owners;
  • ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Management System: CRI® Group’s independent and accredited Certification Body can examine your Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption procedures and issue an accredited Certification; and
  • ISO 37301 Compliance Management System: CRI® Group’s independent certification body helps companies worldwide to increase and measure their efforts against regulatory compliance risks.

It was a pleasure seeing you at the 2022 Trade Winds! We hope you enjoy the experience as much as we did. However, if you feel like you missed out, please reach out and find out how we can help you with your risk management strategies, wherever you happen to be. 

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Thank you for visiting us at Trade Winds

Thank you for visiting us at Trade Winds

Thank you for visiting us at Trade Winds

Thank you for visiting us at 2022 Trade Winds

Thank you for visiting us at Trade Winds

Thank you for visiting us at Trade Winds

In the meantime, around the world, COVID-19 and social justice movements forced a reckoning, and even as more organizations transition back to – or at least toward – business as usual, issues like climate change; the ensuing competition for talent; cancel culture and corporate fraud; are accelerating trends worldwide. Activists’ and investors’ voices are growing louder and more influential in board governance. Customers are influencing what organizations sell and what it’s made of, and how it’s delivered, so building organizations with purpose is key today. We offer actionable insights on making it happen, from compliance to employee screening, head out to our insights section, and please tell us what you think – and what kinds of data and insights would be most helpful to you.

About Trade Winds

Trade Winds is a multifaceted program designed to help companies achieve growth and exposure in specific markets or regions worldwide. All companies participate in the Trade Winds Forum, which includes a business conference, meetings with U.S. commercial diplomats from the region, networking opportunities, two receptions, and a sponsor exhibition. The average Trade Winds Forum attracts over 300 attendees and is the main gathering for all registered individuals. For questions, please contact TradeWinds@trade.gov.

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 organizations 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 organizations 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.

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We got a new office in Estonia…

CRI® Group Opens Office in Estonia

Corporate Research and Investigations Limited (CRI® Group), a global leader in Risk Management and Compliance solutions, announced today the opening of its offices in Estonia (Corporate Research and Investigations Limited, Tornimäe 5, 2nd floor 10145 Tallinn Estonia). CRI® Group has been safeguarding businesses from fraud, bribery and corruption since 1990. 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, 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. Our global team can support your organisation anywhere in the world.

Zafar Anjum, Group CEO at CRI®, said: “Today’s business climate dictates an increasing demand of international business organisations for proactive measures designed to reduce bribery and corruption, particularly in the financial, government and multi-national business sectors. The ability to effectively pre-empt fraud and corruption by mitigating internal and external risks to prevent these issues can save corporations from immense potential losses and reputation damage. CRI® Group’s expertise will enhance the diverse pool of business support services available within Estonia.”

“Our services such as DueDiligence360™, 3PRM™ and EmploySmart™ can significantly help organisations deal with bribery and corruption, third-party risk management, noncompliance with the regional and international regulatory framework and malpractice.” Anjum further said. “CRI® Group’s worldwide network of multi-disciplined subject specialists and analysts help organisations prevent and deter bribery and corruption, third-party malfeasance, threats and corruption risks while ensuring our clients conform to the local and international regulatory framework. The establishment of our offices in Estonia gives us the platform to expand further and enhance the level of support we offer to the international business community.”

CRI®  also holds BS 102000:2013 and BS 7858:2012 Certifications, is an HRO certified provider and partner with Oracle, and it is a licensed and incorporated entity of the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) and Qatar Financial Center (QFC).

Estonia Office Details:

Corporate Research and Investigations Limited
Tornimäe 5, 2nd floor
10145 Tallinn
Estonia
t: +372 616 4555
e: tallinn@crigroup.com

Global integrity DueDiligence360™ investigations

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 & connected parties (incl. UBOs)
  • Global/national criminality & regulatory records checks
  • Politically Exposed Person database
  • International digital media research
  • Company background analysis
  • Industry reputational assessment
  • FCPA, UK Anti-Bribery & corruption risk databases
  • Global terrorism checks
  • Global financial regulatory authorities check
  • 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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Ensure a safe work environment for all with EmploySmart™

EmploySmart™ can be tailored into specific screening packages to meet the requirements of each specific position within your company. We are a leading worldwide provider, specialising in local and international employee background checks, including pre-employment and post-employment background checks.

CRI® Employee Background Checks are an investigation into a person’s character – inside and outside their professional lives. Some checks you already carry out in-house, such as candidate’s qualifications (documents provided), work history (with a reference check), right to work in the country and even a quick social media presence scan. However, we provide a full in-depth background screening service for candidates and employees at all levels – from senior executives through to shop-floor employees including BS7858 vetting.

  • Address Verification (Physical Verification)
  • Identity Verification
  • Previous Employment Verification
  • Education & Credential Verification
  • Local Language Media Check
  • Credit Verification & Financial History (where publicly available)
  • Compliance & Regulatory Check
  • Civil Litigation Record Check
  • Bankruptcy Record Check
  • International Criminal Record Check
  • Integrity Due Diligence
  • and more.

Our EmploySmart™ is a robust pre-employment background screening service certified for BS7858.

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Third-Party Risk Management solution (TPRM), also known as 3PRM™

The solution includes establishing the legal compliance, financial viability, and integrity levels of outside partners, suppliers, customers, and other sources worldwide seeking potential affiliations with your organisation.

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, as well as their own based on government regulations and industry requirements?

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Working with us you get…

  • With expertise in domestic and international screening, one of the largest, most experienced and best-trained integrity due diligence teams globally.
  • The ability to manage multiple background checks online
  • Quick turnaround times
  • High-quality searches, backed by numerous checks and quality controls
  • 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, and we’re committed to maintaining and constantly evolving our global network.
  • Our solutions are easily customisable, flexible and we will tailor our scope to address your concerns and risk areas, saving you time and money.
  • Our team of more than 50 full-time analysts is spread across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North and South America and fully equipped with the local knowledge to serve your needs globally.
  • Our extensive solutions include due diligence, employee pre and post background screening, business intelligence and compliance, facilitating any decision-making across your business no matter what area or department.

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

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. We take great care to ensure that our experts are the best at what they do. We pride ourselves on having the most stringent recruitment standards in the industry. Our experience, skilled workforce, technical resources, networking capabilities, internal flexibility and global offices maximise our solution efficacy. Added to that is the fact that our extensive experience gives us the breadth and depth of knowledge needed to make sure that your organisation is protected at all turns, at every corner, and through every deal.

Speak up – report any illegal, unethical, or improper behaviour

If you find yourself in an ethical dilemma or suspect inappropriate or illegal conduct, and you feel uncomfortable reporting through regular communication channels or wish to raise the issue anonymously, use CRI® Group’s Compliance Hotline. The Compliance Hotline is a secure and confidential reporting channel managed by an independent provider. When reporting a concern in good faith, you will be protected by CRI® Group’s Non-Retaliation Policy.

 

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.

 

2022 Investigations & White-Collar Crime POWER PLAYERS Issue Is Out Now!

2022 Investigations & White-Collar Crime

  • 2022 Investigations & White-Collar Crime Power Players issue is out. Corporate Research and Investigations Limited were featured in this year Financier Worldwide’s Power Players issue.
  • In this edition, CRI® Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Zafar Anjum, talks about his career’s achievements, what the organisation strives to demonstrate to clients and how he sees the investigations a white-collar crime market shaping up over the coming months and all the exciting trends or developments on the horizon.
  • Having dedicated his career to background investigation, fraud prevention, protective integrity, security and compliance, Zafar Anjum is a distinguished and highly respected professional in his field.

As CEO at CRI®, Zafar uses his extensive knowledge and expertise in creating stable and secure networks across challenging global markets. For organisations needing comprehensive project management, security, safeguard testing, background investigations and real-time compliance applications, Anjum is the assurance expert of choice for industry professionals. Such expertise is increasingly important as a result of COVID-19 – with a long list of countries worldwide still facing significant economic disruption, insecurity and suffering, which has created an increased risk of bribery and corruption. News in the past years showed that many governments began to implement measures to combat these implications from the global pandemic:

Kenyan Anti-bribery and Anti-Corruption laws

“In 2020, it was reported [by Global Compliance News] that the Kenyan Government is in the process of implementing harsher corruption and bribery laws in an attempt to curb the current statistics within the country. The Kenyan Government is concerned with preventing bribery and corruption, perhaps to ensure the appropriate allocation of resources in these unprecedented times. A proposed amendment to the Bribery Act, which is currently being tabled in Parliament, seeks to allow for the imposition of a fine amounting to KSh 5 million (circa USD 46,939) or for a period of imprisonment not exceeding ten years, where an individual is aware of, or suspects bribery taking place and fails to report it.”

US Abuse of Power Prevention Act

In 2020, the House Judiciary Committee held a mark-up of a new bill, the Abuse of the Pardon Prevention Act, as US congress aims to eliminate the tolerance of alleged corruption and bribery undertaken by the current or former presidents. “Section Three of the bill amends the federal bribery statute to make clear that a (former) president can be prosecuted for accepting a bribe in exchange for a pardon… The House also introduced a related bill; the No President is Above the Law Act.”

French Compliance Legislation

The French government has also been working on implementing anti-bribery and anti-corruption legislation in 2020 for the first time since 2016 adapted and improved their white-collar crime standards. As stated in a Global Investigations Review by Lexology, “in anti-bribery compliance, in particular, the recently created French Anticorruption Agency (AFA) keeps building on Sapin II by providing guidance on specific topics, auditing compliance programmes and for the first time… bringing cases in front of its sanctions board.”

Against this backdrop, Financier Worldwide turns to come of the leading lights in their field (including our CEO), who share their stories. A pre-release version of “POWER PLAYERS Investigations & White-Collar Crime 2022 – Exceptional Experts” is now available to view. Please click here to access the file.

The Security Of Your Company Depends On Effective Risk Management

Background investigations are critical to any company’s success because working with qualified, honest and hard-working employees and other businesses is integral to thriving in the business community. What you don’t know can hurt you, and the simple act of one bad decision can result in an unprecedented loss for your company. 

From vendor and third-party screening to employment screening, CRI® Group recommends background investigations as critical proactive measures to help keep your business safe. An effective background screening investigation will help screen for bad apples that can cause havoc down the road. Because we maintain a diverse talent base comprised of multilingual and multi-cultural professionals, CRI® can traverse obstacles that often impede international background investigations. That’s why we are frequently contracted by our competitors to conduct background investigations in geographic regions not serviced or accessible by larger investigative firms. 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.

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.

ABAC® is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS CB number: 10613) against ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 Conformity assessment — Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of the scheme’s management systems of ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management Systems (ABMS). This makes ABAC® Certification the leading accredited certification body specialising in global anti-bribery and anti-corruption, risk and compliance management system standards. ABAC® experts audit any existing compliance and anti-bribery anti-corruption management systems to assess effectiveness and vulnerabilities while ensuring your organisation complies with Internal Standards, FCPA, UK Bribery Act, Anti-Money Laundering regulations, and all other global, regional and local regulations while maintaining a competitive edge in the world marketplace.

If you are seeking to validate or expand your existing compliance frameworks to maintain a competitive edge in the world marketplace, ABAC® can help you. Our experts audit your existing compliance and anti-bribery anti-corruption management systems to assess effectiveness and vulnerabilities while ensuring your organisation complies with Internal Standards, FCPA rules, UK Bribery Act laws, Anti-Money Laundering regulations, and all other global, regional and local regulations.

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Our CEO has been invited to speak at The Fraud Outlook 2022 Webinar

The Fraud Outlook 2022 Webinar

Corporate Research and Investigations Limited (CRI® Group) is delighted to unveil our place at The Fraud Outlook 2022 Webinar, which is being held from 12:00 to 13:00 on Wednesday 23 February on Zoom. We’re delighted to be involved. Book your seat now!

Our CEO has been invited to speak at the Fraud Advisory Panel forthcoming webinar, which will take a forward look at some of the current and emerging global fraud threats and what they mean for practitioners. It will provide a timely update on:

  • The current fraud landscape in Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia
  • Key insights into anticipated fraud trends over the next 12 to 18 months
  • Implications for counter fraud professionals and businesses.

 If you are a counter-fraud professional or a future fraud professional, or you are simply an interested stakeholder, we invite you to join us online. Book your seat now!

Guest speakers are:

Olivia Allison, Senior Managing Director, K2 Integrity

Olivia is a senior managing director in the Investigations and Risk Advisory practice for K2 Integrity, resident in London. She has extensive expertise helping large private, state-owned and publicly listed companies carry out investigations into fraud, bribery, corruption and other misconduct. Olivia has also worked closely with a range of entities to improve their governance and controls, including in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and other emerging markets. Her practice has been particularly focused on oil and gas, mining and extractive industries, as well as healthcare, retail and financial services.

Joanne Taylor, Senior Managing Director, K2 Integrity

Joanne, a senior managing director at K2 Integrity, has 20 years of legal, investigations and financial crime compliance experience, which includes fraud risk management, anti-bribery and corruption, regulatory enforcement and investigations experience working within the financial and legal services industries. She has extensive experience in leading investigations relating to conduct issues, fraud, bribery & corruption and AML, and her previous roles have included Global Head of Whistleblowing and Global Deputy Head of Anti-Fraud Bribery & Corruption at a major European bank.

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Zafar Anjum, CEO, CRI® Group

Zafar is the chief executive of Corporate Research and Investigations (CRI® Group) – building a 32 years’ career in anti-corruption, fraud prevention, protective integrity, security and compliance, Zafar Anjum is a highly respected professional in his field. As a trusted authority in fraud prevention and securities among corporate clients, government agencies and industry groups, he is known for creating stable and secure networks across challenging global markets.

With an impressive educational background coupled with his industry expertise, Zafar Anjum is often the first certified global investigator on the scene when multi-national EMEA corporations seek to close compliance or security gaps.

Starting his educational background in 1989 with his Bachelor of Arts Degree; he then went on to earn a Master of Science in Counter Fraud and the Counter Corruption University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom along with specialized knowledge and certification in Fraud Investigations, Fraud and Financial Crimes, Corporate Fraud Control and Anti-Corruption. He was also awarded with Distinction in Master of Fraud and Financial Crime and included in Executive Dean’s List of 2016 by Charles Sturt University, Australia.

All while continuing to earn his LL.M Legal Practice (Intellectual Property) from the University of Law in the United Kingdom, which he was completed in February 2019. Alongside enhanced further capabilities and competencies, specifically in the Bribery Risk Assessment framework, he has ICA International Diploma in Governance Risk and Compliance, ICA International Diploma in Anti-Money Laundering and ICA International Diploma in Financial Crime Prevention from the International Compliance Training Academy in the United Kingdom which is mapped and are also awarded in association with Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester.

His training and business acumen give Zafar Anjum in-depth precision when dealing with fraud risk management, security consultations, crime investigations, crisis management, risk governance, event security and strategic threat management for industry leaders seeking proactive long-term risk prevention.

His leadership abilities create strong collaborative relationships among prevention teams, crime investigators, government officials, and business executives seeking dynamic solutions across international marketplaces.

For industries needing large project management, safeguard testing and real-time compliance applications, Zafar Anjum is the assurance expert of choice for industry professionals. CRI® Group invites you to schedule a quick chat with Zafar to discuss any current and emerging global fraud threats to your organisation.

 

GET IN TOUCH:

e: zanjum@crigroup.com | LinkedIn 
t: +44 207 6861415 | m: +44 (0)7588 454959
Reach out for solutions in EMEA, APAC, Americas
Languages spoken: English, Urdu

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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The Fraud Outlook 2022 Webinar Agenda:

1200: Welcome speech and introduction by the chair
1205: The current or emerging fraud trends being seen by CRI® Group in the Middle East, Turkey, Pakistan and Malaysia (especially any differences) and predictions for the next 12 – 18 months by Zafar Anjum, CEO of CRI Group
1220: The current or emerging fraud trends K2 is seeing in the US and Europe and any trends anticipated over the coming 12 – 18 months by Olivia Allison and Joanne Taylor, Senior Managing Director of K2 Integrity
1240: Q & A session
1300: Session end

 

Details: UK time

Delegates: Counter fraud professionals/future fraud professionals and other interested stakeholders

Costs: Free FAP/FFPN members; £25 + VAT Non-members

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About Fraud Advisory Panel

The Fraud Advisory Panel is a respected, influential and independent voice of the anti-fraud community. We champion best practices in fraud prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution and help people and organizations to protect themselves against fraud. Our members are drawn from all sectors – public, private and voluntary – and many different professions who are united by a common concern about fraud and a determination to do something about it.

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 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.

 

Meet our new HRBP & Associate Director, Nilofar

The CRI® Group welcomes Nilofar as our new HRBP & Associate Director and member of our expert team here at CRI®. Ms. Nilofar A. Gardezi is a Senior Certified HR professional with more than nine (9) years of experience in HR. She has expertise in strategic human-centric based HR practices.  She holds membership of PSHRM, SODEIT-UN and Rotaract Club Pakistan.

Ms. Gardezi has done MPhil-PhD with a specialization in HRM. She has an MBA in Management and is an accredited SHRM professional from EPCA. Ms Gardezi is also a gold-certified Trainer from DWE. She holds a certification in Psychology and serves as a Certified Professional Counsellor as well. She has worked with renowned organizations like Attock Group, British Council and Standard Chartered Bank.

Join CRI® Group as we welcome our newest team member.

REACH OUT!

e: nilofar.gardezi@crigroup.com | LinkedIn

Reach out for any HR related questions

About CRI®

Corporate Research and Investigations Limited (CRI® Group) has been safeguarding 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 located 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 organization anywhere in the world.

We are always ready to assist you in effectively managing your workplace in an efficient and risk-free manner that best suits your needs. Our experience base, skilled workforce, technical resources, networking capabilities, internal flexibility and global offices maximize our solution efficacy. Explore our broad range of risk management solutions for your business including:

CRI® Opens Office in Turkey

CRI® Group Opens Office in Turkey

Corporate Research and Investigations Limited (CRI® Group), a global leader in Risk Management and Compliance solutions, announced today the opening of its offices in Turkey (Corporate Research and Investigations Danışmanlık Hizmetleri Limited Şirketi). CRI® Group has been safeguarding businesses from fraud, bribery and corruption since 1990. 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, 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. Our global team can support your organisation anywhere in the world.

Zafar Anjum, Group CEO at CRI®, said: “The ability to effectively pre-empt fraud and corruption by mitigating internal and external risks to prevent these issues can save corporations from immense potential losses and reputation damage. Our services such as DueDiligence360™, 3PRM™ and EmploySmart™ can significantly help organisations deal with bribery and corruption, third-party risk management, noncompliance with the regional and international regulatory framework and malpractice. CRI® Group’s expertise will enhance the diverse pool of business support services available within Turkey.”

“Today’s business climate dictates an increasing demand of international business organisations for proactive measures designed to reduce bribery and corruption, particularly in the financial, government and multi-national business sectors,” Anjum further said. “CRI Group’s worldwide network of multi-disciplined subject specialists and analysts help organisations prevent and deter bribery and corruption, third-party malfeasance, threats and corruption risks while ensuring our clients conform to the local and international regulatory framework. The establishment of our offices in Turkey gives us the platform to expand further and enhance the level of support we offer to the international business community.”

CRI® Group also holds BS 102000:2013 and BS 7858:2012 Certifications, is an HRO certified provider and partner with Oracle, and it is a licensed and incorporated entity of the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) and Qatar Financial Center (QFC).

Turkey Office Details:

Altunizade Mahallesi, Kisikli Caddesi, No : 28 , Kat:1-2 34662 Istanbul Turkey

t: +90 544 1000369
e: Istanbul@crigroup.com

Global integrity DueDiligence360™ investigations

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 & 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 & corruption risk databases
  • Global terrorism checks
  • Global financial regulatory authorities check
  • 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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Ensure a safe work environment for all with EmploySmart™

EmploySmart™ can be tailored into specific screening packages to meet the requirements of each specific position within your company. We are a leading worldwide provider, specialising in local and international employee background checks, including pre-employment and post-employment background checks.

CRI® Employee Background Checks are an investigation into a person’s character – inside and outside their professional lives. Some checks you already carry out in-house, such as candidate’s qualifications (documents provided), work history (with a reference check), right to work in the country and even a quick social media presence scan. However, we provide a full in-depth background screening service for candidates and employees at all levels – from senior executives through to shop-floor employees including BS7858 vetting.

  • Address Verification (Physical Verification)
  • Identity Verification
  • Previous Employment Verification
  • Education & Credential Verification
  • Local Language Media Check
  • Credit Verification & Financial History (where publicly available)
  • Compliance & Regulatory Check
  • Civil Litigation Record Check
  • Bankruptcy Record Check
  • International Criminal Record Check
  • Integrity Due Diligence
  • and more.

Our EmploySmart™ is a robust pre-employment background screening service certified for BS7858.

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Third-Party Risk Management solution (TPRM), also known as 3PRM™

The solution includes establishing the legal compliance, financial viability, and integrity levels of outside partners, suppliers, customers, and other sources worldwide seeking potential affiliations with your organisation.

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, as well as their own based on government regulations and industry requirements?

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Working with us you get…

  • With expertise in domestic and international screening, one of the largest, most experienced and best-trained integrity due diligence teams globally.
  • The ability to manage multiple background checks online
  • Quick turnaround times
  • High-quality searches, backed by numerous checks and quality controls
  • 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, and we’re committed to maintaining and constantly evolving our global network.
  • Our solutions are easily customisable, flexible and we will tailor our scope to address your concerns and risk areas, saving you time and money.
  • Our team of more than 50 full-time analysts is spread across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North and South America and fully equipped with the local knowledge to serve your needs globally.
  • Our extensive solutions include due diligence, employee pre and post background screening, business intelligence and compliance, facilitating any decision-making across your business no matter what area or department.

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

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. We take great care to ensure that our experts are the best at what they do. We pride ourselves on having the most stringent recruitment standards in the industry. Our experience, skilled workforce, technical resources, networking capabilities, internal flexibility and global offices maximise our solution efficacy. Added to that is the fact that our extensive experience gives us the breadth and depth of knowledge needed to make sure that your organisation is protected at all turns, at every corner, and through every deal.

Speak up – report any illegal, unethical, or improper behaviour

If you find yourself in an ethical dilemma or suspect inappropriate or illegal conduct, and you feel uncomfortable reporting through regular communication channels or wish to raise the issue anonymously, use CRI® Group’s Compliance Hotline. The Compliance Hotline is a secure and confidential reporting channel managed by an independent provider. When reporting a concern in good faith, you will be protected by CRI® Group’s Non-Retaliation Policy.

 

The story of our CEO and company…

The story of company…

By Zafar I. Anjum, Group CEO

THE BEGINNING: EVENT THAT CHANGED ME

Shortly after leaving the Pakistani Rangers in 1994 (five years after my graduation), I took over my father’s private investigation organisation – called, at the time, the Metropolitan Detective Agency. During this period, I was involved in investigating a case of suspected insurance fraud. The case involved a grandfather attempting to lay claim to his daughter’s life insurance settlement following her death under the pretext that he was responsible for the guardianship of her four orphaned children. After investigation, it was revealed that this was not the case and that the grandfather was attempting to defraud his late daughter’s insurance company.

Much like my feeling towards the case, the situation’s outcome could be characterised in two ways – one positive and one negative. I remember the overwhelming pride I felt in our success on the positive side. However, this was somewhat overshadowed by a sense of what is perhaps best articulated as injustice – I saw first-hand how fraud is damaging. And although fraud was having (and continues to have) a detrimental effect on the people, the lack of an effective solution to the problem meant that, frustratingly, such crimes were able to continue.

UNCOVERED MY FIRST FRAUD; WHAT’S NEXT?

Whilst I had managed to deal with one case of fraud and thus prevented the successful committing of a crime, this was just a single instance of fraud – I had done nothing to move towards an overall reduction of the problem. In other words, I concluded that I had managed to treat a mere symptom rather than the underlying illness.

DEDICATION TO INVESTIGATING FRAUD

Although the case itself was not particularly unusual, at least as far as fraud cases go, one particular aspect of the affair struck me – that, in contrast, most crimes are dealt with by the justice system, and fraud is peculiar. It often mandates investigation by an external agency or organisation that specialises in fraud detection. I noticed that such organisations were sorely lacking in Pakistan at the time – and that there was a distinct lack of counter fraud education in the general population, which aided those committing fraud greatly. Furthermore, even where individuals were aware that they were being defrauded, they lacked knowledge of effectively resolving disputes between themselves and the defrauder.

With this analysis in mind, I concluded that there needed to be significant growth in the counter-fraud industry within Pakistan. This is where the privatised nature of fraud investigation could make a significant positive impact. 

Although the police might not have had the resources to deal with fraud in its entirety, there was certainly an incentive for private companies to increase their spending in this area. In other words, there was a clear market opportunity for the expansion of the anti-fraud industry, and one that I knew how to fill with my experience and knowledge. Although I am market-minded as a matter of business necessity, it has become apparent to me over recent years that I am at my most motivated not when I am seeking organisational growth but when I am seeking professional development.

Corporate Research and Investigations (CRI®) Group's First Logo

Corporate Research and Investigations (CRI®) Group’s First Logo

FUTURE PLANS: CRI® GROUP EXPANSION

With this conclusion in mind, I continued with the operation and expansion of Corporate Research and Investigations Limited “CRI® Group”. As well as expanding the CRI® Group, I began to take more and more of an interest in the professional aspects of fraud investigation. For this reason, in 1995, I became the first member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners from Pakistan, and in 1998 I was appointed the Area Governor for Pakistan and the Middle East by the World Association of Detectives.

The Area Governor appointment letter, issued to Zafar Anjum by World Association of Detectives, 1998

The Area Governor appointment letter, issued to Zafar Anjum by
World Association of Detectives, 1998

If I were to summarise the one lesson that I learned due to my early experiences in Pakistan, it would be important to expand counter-fraud and counter-corruption to where it is needed. The ramifications of this lesson did not end when I left Pakistan either. My awareness of areas into which fraud prevention might be further expanded has continued. For this reason, I have taken a particular interest in the emerging area of corporate corruption and fraud.

CRITICAL REFLECTIONS ON MY PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Being a business owner, it is only natural that my personal development has been attached to the development of my organisation. As noted above, I have sought to have my organisation grow in line with my field – where there has been a need to combat corporate corruption and fraud, I have sought to conquer the resulting market. Similarly to how I have sought to expand my business, I have also found it necessary to seek out personal development opportunities whenever they become available. To this end, I have consistently been seeking out academic development since 2009. I have since completed an ICA International Diploma in Financial Crime Prevention, ICA International Diploma Governance, Risk and Compliance, ICA International Diploma in Anti-Money laundering, and MSc in Counter Fraud and Counter Corruption Studies. I completed another Master in Fraud and Financial Crime with Distinction and a Master of Laws (Legal Practice Intellectual Property). It is only natural that I am currently seeking to learn academically and contribute something to academia in the form of my PhD thesis.

In terms of personal development, I can therefore consider myself lucky to bring my career experience to doctorate-level study. Still, I will be able to take what I have learned at the doctorate level and apply it in a professional setting. Although I am market-minded as a matter of business necessity, it has become apparent to me over recent years that I am at my most motivated not when I am seeking organisational growth but when I am seeking professional development.

Hard work and dedication are two values ingrained into our core and are found in all facets of our operation. We believe that true value comes from fostering trust with our colleagues and clients at an equal level. We take great care in keeping integrity at the forefront of our Anti-Corruption, Compliance and Risk Management services. We wish to build long-term relationships in which we can be counted on to provide efficient and cost-effective services.

CRI® Group's very first international directory advertising in the UK during 1998

CRI® Group’s very first international directory advertising in the UK during 1998

Looking forward…

I believe it is important to constantly look for ways of improvement, especially in this rapidly changing industry. Each new technological development is an opportunity for us to advance our capabilities and competencies. Making use of the finest equipment and the most advanced technologies is one of the many ways that we set ourselves apart from the competition. I take great pleasure in implementing the most innovative ways to provide for our colleagues and team.

Our goal is to provide principled and reliable Anti-Corruption, Compliance and Risk Management Services for our clients. With the shifting marketplace, we pride ourselves on maintaining our core values as a constant. The message to our client is that your satisfaction is the main driving force behind our business. When you choose our services, you can expect a professional, high-quality experience every time.

Thank you all for your dedication, and congratulations on our 32nd anniversary!

With gratitude and wishing for more years to come for the CRI® Group family,

ESG: CRI® Group Environmental Policy

Corporate Research and Investigations Limited “CRI® Group” is a certified member of GBB (Green Business Bureau), seeks excellence in every aspect of our business and is committed to minimising the environmental impacts of our business operations. After extensive new compliance requirements across the ESG (Environmental, social and governance) and working with Green Business Bureau, we are committed to strictly implementing the same commitments we agreed with GBB certification

The CRI® Group and all directly employed sub-contractors, and agents, agree to comply with the below rules and will continue to ensure compliance. Here is our global Environmental Policy.

Our commitment is to:

  • Continuously improve our environmental performance and integrate recognised environmental management best practices into CRI® Group operations.
  • Reduce our consumption of resources and improve the efficient use of those resources.
  • Measure and take action to reduce the carbon footprint of CRI® Group activities to meet our published objectives and targets.
  • Purchase qualified electronic equipment globally recognised as the most energy-efficient equipment available.
  • Manage waste generated from our business operations incorporating reduction, re-use and recycling in accordance with the principles of the waste hierarchy
  • Manage CRI® Group business operations to prevent pollution.
  • Give due consideration to environmental issues and energy performance in the acquisition, design, refurbishment, location, and buildings use.
  • Ensure environmental, including climate change, criteria are considered in the procurement of goods and services.
  • Comply as a minimum with all relevant environmental legislation and other environmental requirements to which the firm subscribes.
  • Maintain our certification to ISO 14001 program in 2022 implementation and rigorous.
  • Monitoring and review.

To meet our commitments, we will:

  • Provide CRI® Group’s Executive Board oversight and review of environmental policies and performance and allocate resources for effective direction and implementation.
  • Monitor key objectives and targets for managing our environmental performance at least annually.
  • Use a green web hosting service for our business websites with completely carbon neutral.
  • Communicate internally and externally our environmental policy and performance regularly and encourage feedback.
  • Communicate the importance of environmental issues to our people.
  • Work together with our people, service partners, suppliers, landlords, and agents to promote improved environmental performance.
  • Promote appropriate consideration of sustainability and environmental issues in the services we provide to our clients.
  • Review our environmental policy regularly.

This environmental policy represents our general position on environmental issues and the policies and practices we will apply in conducting our business.

What is ESG?

ESG (Environmental, social and governance) criteria increase interest to companies, their investors and other stakeholders. With growing concern about the ethical status of quoted companies, these standards are the central factors that measure the ethical impact and sustainability of investment in a company. 

In less than 20 years, the ESG movement has grown from a corporate social responsibility initiative launched by the United Nations into a global phenomenon representing more than US$30 trillion in assets under management. According to Juliet Chung and Dave Michaels, “ESG Funds Draw SEC Scrutiny”, Wall Street Journal in the year 2019 alone, a surge of capital totalling US$17.67 billion flowed into ESG-linked products, an almost 525 per cent increase from 2015.

ESG factors cover a wide spectrum of issues that have traditionally been excluded from financial analysis:

Environmental:

  • Climate change
  • Resource depletion
  • Waste and pollution
  • Deforestation

Social:

  • Working conditions, including the use of child labour
  • Local communities
  • Conflict
  • Health and safety
  • Employee relations and diversity

Governance:

  • Executive pay
  • Corruption
  • Political affiliations and donations
  • Board composition, diversity and structure
  • Tax strategy

These factors have increasing financial relevance as global interest in ethical investment grows. 

Meeting the ESG Imperative

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About CRI® Group

Corporate Research and Investigations Limited (CRI® Group) has been safeguarding 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 located 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.

In 2016, the company launched the Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption (ABAC®) Center of Excellence – an independent certification body that helps organisations mitigate internal and external risks by providing a complete suite of Anti-Bribery, Compliance and Risk Management programs.

ABAC® Group Presents ISO 37001 ABMS at MACC 2019 Seminar

CRI® Group and ABAC® Center of Excellence CEO Mr. Zafar Anjum was a speaker at last week’s ABAC at MACC 2019 Seminar Benchmark on Governance, Integrity & Anti-Corruption. Mr. Anjum presented “Anti-Bribery Management System (ABMS 37001) Case Study and Implementation – UK Experience.” He provided an overview of ABMS 37001 Accreditation & Certification as an effective and “adequate procedure” for organisations.

The seminar, held in conjunction with the British High Commission (BHC), provided examination and discussion of UK’s best practices in governance, integrity and anti-corruption. MACC officials, Certified Integrity Officers and students from universities attended the seminar to gain invaluable expertise from distinguished speakers sharing their knowledge of ISO 37001 ABMS Standard.

Mr. Anjum opened his presentation with some key statistics. First, according to the International Monetary Fund, “An estimated $2 trillion in bribes is paid annually in both developing and developed countries.” Just as concerning, the ACFE’s 2018 Report to the Nations – Global Study on Occupational Fraud and Abuse states that “Organisations lose an average of 5% of their annual revenue to fraud each year.” ISO 37001 ABMS implements standards in organisations at every level through measures that include adopting an anti-bribery policy, appointing a person to oversee anti-bribery compliance, training, risk assessments and due diligence on projects and business associates, implementing financial and commercial controls, and instituting reporting and investigation procedures.

During his presentation, Mr. Anjum mentioned ABAC Certification which is an accredited provider of ISO 37001 ABMS Certification and Training as a tool for organisations of all types and industries to prevent bribery and corruption. ABAC® (Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption) Center of Excellence is a global network of certified ethics, compliance professionals, qualified auditors, financial and corporate investigators, certified fraud examiners, forensic analysts and accountants. Founded by CRI® Group in 2016, ABAC® CoE aims to educate, equip and support the world’s leading business organisations with the latest best in practice due diligence processes and procedures.

ABAC Certification experts help clients through specific requirements and provide guidance for establishing, implementing, maintaining, reviewing and improving an anti-bribery management system. The system can be stand-alone or can be integrated into an overall management system. ISO 37001 can be used by any organisation, large or small. It specifies a series of measures to help prevent, detect and address bribery that can benefit organisations of any industry or type.

Anti-bribery and anti-corruption efforts are a priority in Malaysia. That’s why CRI® Group partnered with MACC, Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M), the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Foundation and the Malaysian Youth Council for “United Against Corruption” on International Corruption Day last year. The campaign raised awareness throughout Malaysia and beyond risk factors facing businesses today. Last week’s seminar provided a further means to disseminate critical information about ISO 37001 ABMS and the latest best practices for preventing and detecting bribery and corruption. Contact us today and stand out from your competitors with confidence.

ABAC Presents ISO 37001 ABMS at MACC 2019 Seminar

ABAC Presents ISO 37001 ABMS at MACC 2019 Seminar

ABAC Presents ISO 37001 ABMS at MACC 2019 Seminar

ABAC Presents ISO 37001 ABMS at MACC 2019 Seminar

ABAC Presents ISO 37001 ABMS at MACC 2019 Seminar

ABAC Presents ISO 37001 ABMS at MACC 2019 Seminar

ABAC Presents ISO 37001 ABMS at MACC 2019 Seminar

Photos: Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and 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 Management, Employee Background Screening, Business IntelligenceDue 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.