Fraud, bribery and corruption cause serious harm to business. They can have a major financial impact, damage an organization’s hard-earned reputation and destroy company culture. That’s why at CRI® group we focus on helping organizations address these risks – as a team effort. All fraud, bribery and corruption (collectively referred to as economic crime) is unacceptable and should not be tolerated by any organization. It affects the ability of any business to thrive and it can cost them billions. A good example is NHS.

The NHSCFA 2018/19 Business Plan estimates that £1.29 billion could be lost to economic crime from the NHS in England on an annual basis. This estimate includes losses across NHS Providers and CCGs, as well as NHS England and further detail is provided in the NHSCFA Strategic Intelligence Assessment (SIA).

According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), “Tone at the Top” – the ethical atmosphere that is created at an organization or in a workplace by the attitudes and behaviors of an organization’s leadership – is a major factor in determining whether fraud, bribery or corruption is likely to take place. That’s because employees lead by example. If their leaders show a strong, zero-tolerance approach to fraud, those who report to them are likely to follow. In fact, the ACFE’s research shows that the most common determinants of ethical behavior in the workplace are the following:

  • Behavior of superiors
  • Behavior of peers
  • Industry ethical practices
  • Society’s moral climate
  • Formal organizational policy

There is also evidence that a company’s own employees are its best protection against fraud. Statistics show that most fraud is detected by internal tips, even more than audits and other methods. That means that employees are recognizing fraud, understanding that it’s wrong and not acceptable at their workplace, and reporting it.

So it stands to reason that the more trained and educated a workforce is about fraud, bribery and corruption, the better that organization will operate as a team in preventing and detecting those behaviors.

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® Center of Excellence uses this approach as a focal point in providing the training and knowledge your organization needs to prevent fraud, bribery and corruption. Our experts tailor a program to your organization’s needs, accommodating every level of your organization to ensure that certification is a team effort among your employees.

Certification addresses Tone at the Top by ensuring that an organization’s governing body and top management are exercising appropriate oversight and meeting all legal requirements. But it also does so much more. The ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management System certification empowers you with the ability to safeguard and maintain the integrity of your company by:

  • Guaranteeing that all workers and agents are devoted to the latest anti-bribery practice.
  • Regularly validating compliance to appropriate legislation like the FCPA and UK Bribery Act 2010
  • Jointly cooperating with stakeholders to observe and reduce the risks throughout your supply chain
  • Externally scrutinizing your company, testing the effectiveness of your anti-bribery policies and processes
  • Ensuring compliance in action

Most of all, ABAC® certification will help your organization come together, united in efforts to prevent fraud, bribery and corruption. When financial losses begin to reverse and the organization shows improved financial health, each employee will understand how their individual effort and attitude has helped make a positive difference in the fortunes of the company.

The ABAC® teaches that. It also increases employee pride and morale. Most of all, it demonstrates to staff that leadership supports them and will have their backs when it is time to do the right thing.

Nobody wants to feel they are on an island. Don’t delay on getting your organization started on the path to certification today.  ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management System certification is offered under CRI® Group’s ABAC® Centre of Excellence, an independent certification body established for Anti-Bribery Management System training and certification, ISO 37301 Compliance Management Systems and Risk Management System certification. The program will be tailored to your organization’s needs and requirements. For assistance in developing and implementing a fraud prevention strategy, contact ABAC® today or get a FREE QUOTE now!

About us…

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 BS102000:2013 and BS7858:2019 Certifications is an HRO certified provider and partner with Oracle.

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 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 organizations. Contact ABAC® for more on ISO Certification and training.



Zafar I. Anjum is Group Chief Executive Officer of CRI® Group (, a global supplier of investigative, forensic accounting, business due to diligence and employee background screening services for some of the world’s leading business organizations. 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® Group safeguard 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, the USA, and the United Kingdom.

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.


Zafar Anjum, MSc, MS, CFE, CII, MICA, Int. Dip. (Fin. Crime) | CRI® Group Chief Executive Officer

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