The property industry involves real estate (including land and buildings/structures) and other tangible properties, and can also include mineral rights and other resources. Unfortunately, for as long as there has been a market for buying and selling land, property and resources, there have been schemes that aim to defraud. Some of the schemes even have colorful names: “chunking,” “builder bailout,” “phantom sale” – yet all are illegal and harmful to unwitting victims, which can include individuals and families, banks, holding companies, investor groups and others.

Property fraud can be very convincing because perpetrators will often produce fake or forged documents, and will sometimes work in collaboration with other fraudsters. For example, a crooked investor might provide kickbacks to an appraiser in return for inflating the value of a property, or he/she may sell a property to a “straw buyer” at an inflated price, with the straw buyer intentionally going into default (and splitting the proceeds of the loan with the fraudulent investor). There are many more scams, and all of them look for vulnerabilities among buyers and sellers alike.

CRI Group’s team of experts, including Certified Fraud Examiners (CFEs), works with property groups and companies dealing in real estate to uncover red flags of fraud. Our agents will help assess a transaction before it takes place, and can implement asset recovery solutions in the case where fraud has already occurred. This extra level of protection is crucial for any organisation conducting real estate transactions.

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There is a never-ending stream of news stories documenting bribery and corruption cases around the world. Some of those cases rose to the top of the headlines in 2019. All of the stories help illustrate the need for organisations to have proper controls in place to prevent bribery and corruption. A certification such as ISO […]

ABAC® training held for 2019 International Anti-Corruption Day

ABAC® training held for 2019 International Anti-Corruption Day “Manage your business risks with confidence” was the tone for CRI Group’s ABAC® Center of Excellence anti-bribery anti-corruption training event held on International Anti-Corruption Day (Monday, 9 December) in Dubai. Hosted at Dubai Quality Group’s offices at Emarat Atrium Building, “Introductory Seminar on ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management [...]

Happy holidays!

On behalf of CRI Group and our ABAC® Center of Excellence, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season! Thank you for your continued support and partnership. We look forward to working with you in the years to come. Even with the world under partial lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been no shortage […]

We’re All Paying a High Price for Corporate Corruption

Corruption weakens governments, fuels organised crime, stifles economic growth and discourages development. International corruption continues to undermine the progress of developing nations as rogue politicians, civic leaders and corporate representatives conduct “business as usual” to bypass bureaucratic red tape or circumvent competitive processes. But the world is taking notice and punishing those organisations accused of corruption […]

CRI Leads 2019 International Anti-Corruption Day

International Anti-Corruption Day is Monday, 9 December 2019. The campaign was started as a joint venture between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and now organisations around the world are united against corruption for this day every year. United Against Corruption focuses on corruption as […]

Middle East corruption: how can ISO 37001 help?

Political and governmental unrest can affect a region’s economy and the integrity of business transactions. The current state of the Middle East exemplifies this phenomenon. While governments in the region are making efforts to curb corruption, political instability and regime changes often undermine these measures. Bad actors understand how to take advantage of such vulnerabilities, […]

8 steps to prevent fraud

CRI Group offers some basic steps any organisation can take immediately to lessen their vulnerability to fraud from both inside and out. These measures should be followed year-round – but Fraud Week provides a great opportunity to get started. The following are 8 steps to prevent fraud: 1. Take a Proactive Approach to Fraud Prevention. […]

25 Benefits of ISO 37001:2016 ABMS Certification

How to fight bribery and corruption? Bribery and corruption are a dent on the image of any company. It is an unwanted and unsightly reflection that can be not only be mitigated but prevented in the organisation. The negative representation might result in a loss of trust among customers, affiliates and business patrons. In addition, […]

Corruption: An Impending Doom on Investments

Bribery and corruption are a form of abuse to the progress of the economy. It has far-reaching consequences that hinder the development of individuals, businesses and the nation. The impact of corruption and bribery go beyond discernment and can lead to financial losses, withdrawal of investors, dissuasion of shareholders, perpetuation of fraud, reputational damages, business […]

How Risk Management and Due Diligence Interlock?

These are challenging and complex times. COVID-19 is forcing organisations to adapt quickly and change their business model in the process. In an era of compliance, with many regulations and regional “interpretations”, leaders and organisations need to be careful about how they conduct business, who conducts business in their name and with whom. This demands […]

Importance of leadership and culture for ABMS

By Aneta Nastaj, Training Manager at ABAC® CoE

Background screening: 10 things you should know

Hiring new employees is an essential part of operating, and growing, a successful business. It also presents an inherent risk to any organisation. According to popular employment site CareerBuilder.com, “58% of hiring managers said they’ve caught a lie on a resume; one-third (33% of these employers have seen an increase in resume embellishments post-recession.” Background screening Here’s […]

South Asia and CRI Group united for against Bribery and Corruption

We recently launched a FREE publication "South Asia grapples with anti-bribery compliance", which overviews anti-bribery, anti-corruption and ISO 37001 solutions in Malaysia and entire in South Asia. South Asia has a troubled record when it comes to preventing bribery and corruption, as well as enforcing compliance. Recent cases and statistics show that the problem persists in most [...]

ISO 37001:2016 Standard: Who should get certified?

There is a new standard for preventing bribery in business: ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management System standard was created by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to help companies worldwide increase and measure their efforts against bribery and corruption. This important new standard mirrors numerous steps contained in: The U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Good Practice Guidance on [...]

Apex achieves ISO 37001 Certification

Apex Shipping Services LLC, based in Dubai (UAE), has successfully demonstrated compliance with ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Management System (ABMS) requirements and attained ABAC Certification from CRI Group (Corporate Research and Investigations Limited). Kanwal Zafar, Managing Director at ABAC Center of Excellence, announced the certification in a statement. “It is our honour to recognise Apex and […]

The importance of background checks: the case study

The world is changing. Borders are opening up. Workforces are crossing international boundaries. Barriers to global competition are lifting and technology is simplifying communication and allowing virtually anyone to enter the global job market. The only constant that remains in today’s hiring equation is people. Résumé fraud is a widespread problem for employers in every […]

6 ways forensic accountants fight financial threats

Forensic accountants are experts with a unique set of training and skills. “Forensic” means suitable for use in court, and forensic accounting is a speciality practice area of accounting that deals with engagements and investigations where disputes or litigation are anticipated. For those reasons, the training and expertise demonstrated by these professionals make them very […]

South Asia Grapples with anti-bribery compliance, ISO 37001 provides solutions

On the whole, South Asia has a troubled record when it comes to preventing bribery and corruption, and enforcing compliance. Recent cases and statistics show that the problem persists in most countries in the region. Both government officials and private sector business leaders are struggling to adopt policies, control methods and best practices to help [...]

Top 10 ways to protect your organisation from bribery and corruption

According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) public sector corruption siphons $1.5 trillion to $2 trillion annually from the global economy in bribes and costs far more in stunted economic growth, lost tax revenues and sustained poverty. The fact is, bribery and corruption can affect any organisation, of any size, in any industry and location. […]

ABAC 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 […]

Decrease Bribery Risk with ISO 37001:2016 ABMS

Bribery and corruption are worldwide problems with serious consequences for organisations of any size, industry or region. To help combat this threat, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) issued the ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management System (ABMS) standard. This standard helps businesses, nonprofits and governmental agencies to reduce their risk of bribery and corruption, How? By [...]

Corruption: a real Threat to Organisations Worldwide

Corruption: a real Threat to Organisations Worldwide For ages, systematic bribery was tolerated in various countries and industries as a “necessary part of getting business done or circumventing bureaucratic red tape.” The times are changing, however. Societies and their governments have recognised that bribery and corruption vastly affect economic growth, undermine trust and discourage investment.  […]

IntelliSoft achieves ISO 37001 Certification

Award-winning Information Technology Services company ISS Middle East FZC (IntelliSoft) has successfully demonstrated compliance with ISO 37001 requirements and attained ABAC Certification in ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management System (ABMS) for services such as SAP Professional, Technology, Infra services & solutions (Data Management, Application development, Legacy Modernisation Cloud service, Analytics & Mobility), Staffing, Recruitment and Outsourcing […]

ISO 37001 Certification: a Proclamation of Business Integrity

It’s a well-known World Bank statistic, but one that bears continual repeating: More than US$1.5 trillion – or 2% of world gross domestic product – is paid in bribes each and every year, contributing to the demise of governments, inadequate social services, inferior infrastructure, low-quality goods and services, and a general strain on public and […]

Rent Checks Post-Brexit

Uncertainty around Brexit continues, and the possibility of a no-deal means it is still challenging to predict what will happen when the UK leaves the EU. The Government is yet to release official guidance on what letting agents and Landlords will need to do, should a no-deal Brexit be the outcome of the process. The [...]

Oil and Energy Companies Look to ISO 37001

In December 2017, the world’s largest builder of offshore rigs agreed to pay $422 million in penalties after entering a guilty plea for bribery charges connected with the Petroleo Brasileiro (Petrobras) scandal. Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd. made illicit payments to both Petrobras officials and government representatives for more than a decade, between 2001 and […]

Pharma and Healthcare Companies can Benefit from ISO 37001

Pharma and Healthcare Companies can Benefit from ISO 37001 When global pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline found itself in the Chinese government’s crosshairs for an alleged large-scale bribery scandal, there was perhaps little doubt that the consequences would be large-scale, as well. GSK was accused of systematically paying bribes and “gratuities” to doctors and hospitals in return […]

Risk management and its continuous improvement

Continuous improvement is another significant concept to understand for ISO 31000. Without a company culture strongly aligned with principles of continuous improvement, organisations will struggle to implement, let alone maintain successful risk management programs. This can be challenging in practice, as cultivating a risk management attitude within a company involves aligning risk initiatives with existing company values, […]

Background Checks: An Essential Process

There are inherent risks in the hiring process, including deception by individuals seeking to gain an advantage over other candidates. Thorough pre- and post-employment background checks are critical in mitigating these risk factors, helping any organisation stay better protected from fraudulent candidates or unqualified employees. The advantages of using an expert third-party service to conduct […]

10 Top Risks Faced in the Hiring Process

Hiring new employees is an essential part of operating, and growing, a successful business. It is also a process that presents an inherent risk to any organisation. Fraud and other criminal acts are often committed by company insiders, the very people that are trusted to work for the business’s best interests. While most employees might […]

Hiring process: 6 ways why reference checking is key

Hiring more people within a company no matter the size can be a lot of effort, waste a lot of time and cost a lot of money so it is important to do it right, which means reference checking. As a large company, it is often the case that there will be an in-house HR team […]

Demonstrating Adequate Procedures with ISO 37001 ABMS Certification and Training

As the international outcry on bribery and corruption practices continues to tighten its grip around rogue players in the private and public business sectors, global organisations continue to ramp up their efforts to develop effective frameworks to prevent, detect and report bribery and corruption. And by fortifying their anti-bribery management systems, such organisations are further helping […]

Human Capital can make (or break) your business – mitigating employee risk!

Most organisations manage some of their risks via an insurance policy and risk retention. However, this is a reactive strategy when it comes to risk. If you are one of these organisations, then you are missing the riskiest part of the equation: people risk. People risk IS… having the wrong people in the right positions; […]

How to handle the “Human Factor”: Top 3 risks when hiring

Talent acquisition in the hiring process requires a great deal of investment in both time and effort for the hiring manager and would involve even greater repercussions if the chosen candidate turns out to be a bad hire. Due to the ever-growing competitive nature of job seeking, it is becoming increasingly likely that a prospective […]

5 Procurement risks: your lack of due diligence can lead harm

Procurement risks: your lack of due diligence can lead harm Procurement is one of the most critical areas of any organisation, large or small. Procurement officers secure the materials and goods that a business needs in order to be productive and successful, and they do so while trying to ensure the best possible price, quality, [...]

Breaking Down The ISO 37001 Audit Process

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

CRI Malaysia celebrates 2019 Anti-Corruption Day

Anti-bribery and anti-corruption efforts are a huge priority in the South Asia Region, with many governments trying to strengthen laws and enhance enforcement in both their private and public sectors. As recent high-profile corruption cases in the region have demonstrated, today’s regulators are seeing the issue as a societal problem as much as a legal […]

CRI supports 2018 International Fraud Week

CRI Group is once again a proud supporter of International Fraud Awareness Week, Nov. 11-17, 2018. This global movement aims to minimise the impact of fraud by promoting anti-fraud awareness and education. Companies lose an estimated 5% of their revenue annually due to fraud (ACFE Report to the Nations, 2018) and additional training, prevention programs […]

3 ways to protect your Company’s Reputation

In today’s connected business world, there are very few secrets. United Airlines, for example, recently learned the hard way that one ugly incident can go viral and spread around the world in a matter of minutes – not hours, days or weeks. protect company reputation United initially faced criticism over the rough treatment of a passenger being […]

Why should you want your partners to be ISO 37001 certified?

We at the CRI Group believe that businesses that are being run free of corruption accomplish their vision and mission sooner and easier. They bring good to the world more effectively than others. When a business has a clearly set vision and a detailed plan on how to reach it, all it takes to accomplish […]

Protect Your Business from Money Laundering Activities

How to Protect Your Business from Money Laundering Activities?  Today, having anti-money laundering processes in place is more than a matter of smart business. In most jurisdictions, it is also a legal necessity. Organisations large and small are at risk of falling prey to unscrupulous business dealings and other threats posed by seemingly legitimate business […]

To check or not to check?

Background checks don’t tend make international news. They are the low-key diligent step in most well-managed recruitment processes, to provide employers comfort that the person they are hiring is everything they seem – and nothing more. That’s why the background checking of Brett Kavanaugh, a nominee to the US Supreme Court, should be about the […]

Fake degrees and fake employment certificates? What now?

In today’s business environment, fraudulent practices and manipulating the trust of others is so commonplace that people do it very often and with confidence. Unfortunately, this is also true when it comes to employment, as some potential candidates will present fake and bogus background certificates to try to gain an edge in the hiring process. […]

How to Protect Your Business From Money Laundering Activities

Money laundering should be near the top of the list of any business owner’s concerns. Anti-money laundering legislation and regulations are strict and increasingly enforced, and remaining in compliance through implementing proper prevention controls is a must. Countless businesses large and small – from corporations to third-party contractors – have learned this lesson the hard […]

Time to get ISO 37001 certified… the process, part 1

ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management System Certification is critical for organisations in the public, private and non-profit sectors. After all, consider the benefits: Certification adds a distinct level of credibility to the organisation’s management systems, and ensures that the organisation is implementing a viable anti-bribery management program utilising widely accepted controls and systems. It provides assurance […]

Thank you for attending ABAC 2018 Malaysia Summit

Thank you for attending the ABAC Summit Malaysia last Tuesday! We are proud to have brought such an amazing group of distinguished speakers and respected delegates together to address the bribery and corruption issues worldwide. We are extremely thankful to all our speakers for making this #ABACSummit2018 a successful one! Dr KM Loi, Cristian Nicoara, Md […]

Corruption won’t stop: is your organisation protected?

In one case, an enforcement agent for a Malaysian government department pleaded guilty for receiving a bribe from a business owner. In another, a U.S. district attorney from Philadelphia was accused of taking cash in return for helping people with their legal cases. He was accused of 28 counts of bribery, and in the end […]

Top 4 Red flags during a Merger & Acquisition

The business world is often transitional, and the landscape changes as entities grow or industries change – and the players involved have to change with it. Mergers and acquisitions are examples of these “transitional times,” and they are also among the most critical times to conduct proper and thorough due diligence. There are inherent risks […]

Any successful ethics and compliance strategy needs 5 key ingredients …

Once upon a time, the idea of business ethics was more of an abstract or philosophical notion that seemed more suited for discussion in a university lecture or at a business conference. Today, however, organisations of all sizes and industries must have concrete ways of addressing ethics and compliance issues as a principal component of [...]

ISO 37001 Certification: Building trust in the workplace

One of the most important aspects of any organisation is its culture. How do employees relate to one another? Is it a positive and enriching place to work? Do employees trust their colleagues, and look forward to working with them? ISO 37001:2016 Certification Unfortunately, an organisation that lacks proper controls against fraud, bribery and corruption and […]

Background screening; your first line of protection

An extra layer of security As a global investigative firm with a network of 76 agents worldwide, CRI Group has the resources and expertise needed to implement thorough and comprehensive pre- and post-employment screening. As part of our EmploySmart program, we have conducted more than 187,000 individual background checks, serving top companies of many industry […]

ISO 37001 certification: enhance your reputation and credibility

Bribery and corruption are serious concerns to businesses, government agencies and non-profit organisations. In fact, the risk of being associated with the negative impacts of this type of fraud extends to third party partners and influences present and future businesses relationships. In this business climate, consider the tremendous advantage your organisation will enjoy if it […]

Financial Crime Policies and Procedures: examples of good and poor practice…

Economic crime (also known as financial crime) principal catalysts is monetary gain. However economic crime not only has a devasting effect on individuals and communities but when associated with organised crime and terrorist financing it threatens laws, democratic processes and fundamental human freedoms, impoverishing states and distorting free trade and competition.  Not a victimless crime […]

Fraud Advisory Panel celebrates 20 Years

CRI Group wishes to congratulate Fraud Advisory Panel on the 20th anniversary. It was a pleasure to attend the event and celebrate this great occasion of FAP fighting fraud for 20 years. It has been a great honor to be the member of the panel. Looking forward to continuing working together in the future! Connect with […]

Are you ready to EmploySmart? Meet us at SHRM’18

Meet us at the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago, to demonstrate a commitment to your professional development and learning about tools and resources you need to best serve your organisation’s HR needs. One of those critical needs is helping your organisation prevent fraud. Human resources managers and specialists are at the front […]

ABAC Granted 1st Ever BS ISO 37001

ABAC Certification (Corporate Research and Investigations Limited) Granted First Ever BS ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management Accreditation by EIAC Emirates International Accreditation Centre (previously known as Dubai Accreditation Centre (DAC)) officially recognises global firm’s ability to help ensure that organisations bring management systems into compliance and prevent bribery Corporate Research and Investigations Limited, herein referred to as […]

Manage business intelligence and identify risks

Gathering intelligence isn’t just the stuff of spy movies. It’s also an important part of the business world – and when conducted legally, ethically and effectively, it is a critical tool for any organisation seeking to be successful in their industry or field. Business investigations are about more than just identifying risk factors or weaknesses. […]

Investigative research reveals opportunities

In business, having the critical information you need can mean the difference between success and failure. When it comes to investigative research, trained experts can uncover facts that help you make the right decisions; and, conversely, save your organisation from making costly mistakes. CRI Group has trained investigators positioned around the world who can help provide […]

Appointment of Data Protection Officer under GDPR

There is the growing misconception surrounding the need for appointing a Data Protection Officer (DPO) under GDPR which is effective on 25th May 2018. The role of DPO is critical for correct implementation of the newly drafted regulation. Relating to this, the organisation needs to ask itself four main questions before appointing a DPO which […]

Mexico’s Government Is Blocking Anti-Corruption

While many countries and their leaders are making strides against fraud and corruption, some national governments can’t seem to get out of their own way. Such appears to be the case right now in Mexico, where the Mexican government is accused of blocking its own anti-corruption initiatives that were launched earlier this year. According to […]

Rio de Janeiro law demonstrates

The time is quickly coming to an end when companies could expect to be successful in business without having a strong emphasis on compliance and ethics. The latest evidence of that is the fact that in Brazil, which has been stricken with high-profile fraud scandals in recent years, a new rule requires any companies doing […]

GDPR: A 21st Century approach to Compliance

Ever since its conception, GDPR has caused a strong stir in the legal and compliance world. The new law builds on the previous data protection legislation but at the same time provides more resilient protections for consumers, and more privacy considerations for organisations involved in the processing of personal data. The new EU General Data […]

CRI celebrates Fraud Week 2017

2017 International Fraud Awareness Week (also called “Fraud Week”) kicked off on Sunday and is in full swing. CRI Group is a proud supporter of this important initiative every year, and we encourage business leaders to take this time to consider all of their fraud prevention measures, including anti-fraud training for employees. Does your organisation have a training […]

Pakistan’s 1st ever Anti-Bribery Summit is a success

Last Thursday, 26 October, the region’s leading anti-fraud professionals gathered in Karachi, Pakistan, for CRI Group’s Pakistan’s 1st ever Anti-Bribery Summit. CRI Group took the initiative to organise the first Anti-Bribery Summit in Pakistan with the goal to redefine the anti-bribery culture within organisations in the country. The Anti-Bribery Summit couldn’t have come at a […]

Components of ISO 31000:2018

Managing risk is a critical part of the success of any organisation. That’s why ISO (International Organization for Standardization) developed the 31000 Risk Management Standard. Issued in 2009, the standard helps address operational continuity, and also confidence and reassurance in your organisation’s economic resilience, professional reputation and environmental and safety outcomes. Best of all, ISO 31000 […]

Fraud: Ripple effects of the Hurricane Harvey

As Hurricane Harvey devastates the Texas coast and the U.S. megacity of Houston, however its ripple effects go beyond as investigators will be on high alert for another type of threat: fraud. Disaster fraud is nothing new. Law enforcement, prosecutors and other legal authorities in eight different countries are still dealing with cases from 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, which devastated […]

Due diligence and tips to avoid fraud

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is preparing to pay roughly $300 million to resolve a long-running U.S. bribery investigation into allegations of bribery by its employees. The deal, which the people said was being finalised and still could change, would amount to a significant concession by the U.S. government. The Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission had […]

Protecting Data: Businesses Needs GDPR

In just over a year, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force in Europe. This sea change in data privacy is aimed at improving protections for individuals within the European Union, providing them with more control over how their personal data is used. It will also clarify and standardise from a legal […]

Fraud Prevention Strategy: build one in 6 easy steps

Ideally, every business should have a clearly defined fraud prevention strategy that incorporates all of the elements contained in the diagram show, starting with a writte fraud policy. Policy: Having protocols and policies in place for dealing with fraud will help you establish a good grounding for identifying it. Prevent and detect: In order to […]

Ethics and Compliance Hotline: your frequently asked questions answered…

Ethics hotlines are growing in popularity. In 2017 the South Africa Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced over 3,000 officials were found guilty of misconduct related to cases reported via the National Anti-Corruption Hotline (NACH). “The closure rate underscores a commitment by government departments to investigate allegations of corruption as reported through the NACH.” Ethics and [...]

GDPR: Everything you need to know

From eMarketer The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was put in place to standardise existing laws that call for transparency in how companies collect and store personal data about EU citizens. eMarketer’s Sean Creamer spoke with Scott Meyer, CEO and co-founder of Evidon, and Todd Ruback, the compliance services company’s chief privacy officer […]

How to Identify and Prevent Employee Fraud?

In 2017 the major European ABB conglomerate admitted that an employee took advantage of serious management failings to disappear with $103 million of the firm’s cash. According to CNN business, ABB admitted that its managers had failed to maintain sufficient segregation of duties in the treasury unit of its subsidiary in South Korea, and did not […]

Move Over, ID Theft – Here’s the New No. 1 Fraud

From CBS News Beware of bogus IRS agents, fake offers of tech support – in other words, impostors. They’ve overtaken identity thieves to become the nation’s top fraudsters, according to the latest consumer complaint data. The Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel project, which tallies up the number and type of consumer complaints received each year, reported […]

Human Factor Risk Management (HFRM)

When any type of fraud, including employee fraud, is discovered, it’s usually by surprise. That’s because most of us aren’t used to looking for criminal behaviour inside our own organisation. We trust our employees and co-workers, and we keep our focus on succeeding as a team and accomplishing our goals for the business. Nobody wants […]

Importance of strong ISO 31000 risk management leadership

Managing risk effectively is essential to ensure businesses succeed and thrive in an environment of constant uncertainty. ISO 31000 aims to simplify risk management into a set of clearly understandable and actionable guidelines, that should be straightforward to implement, regardless of the size, nature, or location of a business. However without leadership, your risk management strategy […]

Structure of ISO management system standards

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) defines a management system as a set of procedures an organisation needs to follow in order to meet its objectives. A management system standard provides a model to follow when setting up and operating a management system. Some of the top-level benefits of a successful management system include: enhanced use of resources improved risk [...]

Survey proves compliance and quality hires demand background checks

Survey: Ensuring compliance, quality hires drives need for background checks A recent CRI Group survey of business leaders finds that enhanced regulatory compliance, ensuring quality hires and maintaining workplace safety and security were considered the top benefits of conducting background checks. Key considerations for engaging a background screening service include cost, turnaround time and compliance […]

Time to get ISO 37001:2016 certified… the process, part 2

8ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management System Certification is critical for organisations in the public, private and non-profit sectors. It provides an important layer against threats of bribery, corruption, fraud and other security concerns. It also sets an organisation apart from its peers, as models for ethical behaviour and compliance. In a recent blog, we discussed the first [...]