Anti-Money Laundering (AML) checks; The Lowdown

Anti-Money Laundering checks is a broad term applied to define checks conducted as a portion of the UK’s Anti-Money Laundering regulatory framework. An AML can be a check on a person carrying out a specialised role, or an organisation supplying goods or services.  The official structure comprises of various distinct Acts and Regulations and differs from nation to nation depending on the laws and legislations the land has in place. The UK law makers are frequently recognised to pursue regulations that aim to counteract, identify, and report money laundering pursuits. This is in an effort to deal with the ever-increasing concerns encompassing criminal activity, terrorism, extremism and profits of corruption. In that sense, the UK Government have succeeded in detecting various vital segments that may be prone to money laundering and ought to take the lead in advocating for best practice and greater regulation within corporate organisations. This is comprehensive of a number of legal and fiscal sectors.

Why are Anti-Money Laundering checks (AML) necessary?

Anti-Money Laundering checks intend to generate alterations in the notion adjacent to money laundering as well as other types of monetary violations. Countless trade regulators and organisations employ Anti-Money Laundering checks as the first step in the HR and recruitment process as it helps HR people ensure that employees and candidates have the qualification to work or practice. Checks are also frequently utilised to detect clients while also confirming that additional organisations in the supply chain are proper and appropriate for the business needs. There is no exact collection of obligations for all Anti-Money Laundering checks nevertheless, the existing applicable regulations that are in place to pursue the advancement of risk-based intelligent surrounding money laundering and other such activities. However, it is important to note that there are laws in place that correlate with the need for an anti-money laundering check. Some of the legislations in the UK for instance include:

An efficient Anti-Money Laundering structure is an indication of your organisations position in opposition to its competitors in the industry against the fiscal offenses. As international commercial nations become progressively more mindful of their obligations, international organisation must develop the comprehensive capability to report these matters and execute procedures, practices, and related risk assessment mechanisms in a bid to minimise their risk and consequence in the grand scheme of things.

CRI® Anti-money laundering (AML) consultative solution intends to help the investigation of existing systems and further improve operational solutions that decrease your organisations risk of falling quarry to operative, supplier, or outside corporate and fiscal crimes. Our immense Anti-Corruption and Compliance network offers the defense you require when making significant bottom-line decisions crucial to your organisation’s success.


What are the outcomes of a deficient AML framework?

To have inadequate regulations can result in being indicted with participating in illicit pursuits surrounding money laundering and lead to several of the subsequent adverse outcomes:

  • Damaged corporate reputations: brands and organisations who have a diminishing reputation can progressively expect both their supplier and consumer base to weaken causing brand devaluation. This can lead to monetary complexities as well as challenges being able to work in partnership with other organisations and suppliers as a great reputation ensures collaborators that your organisation conducts business lawfully and suitably making them more probable to want to work beside your organisation.
  • Negative investor perceptions: in correlation to a wounded reputation, organisations may also find it increasingly challenging to find investors to back their ventures. This could lead to the premature shutting down of a business as well as other issues such as liquidation and bankruptcy.
  • Corroding employee morale: trustworthy enterprise always begins from within the corporate culture. Engaging in illicit activities often result in high employee turnaround whilst also corroding employee morale and giving them the opportunity to embark on other illicit activities within the corporate area. This may lead to fraud, bribery and corruption commenced by the employees which is a detrimental and ominous oversight for any organisation. It’s also just as important to screen your employees so you know that your employees are competent for the role in question. Find out more about our employee background screening solutions here.
  • Probable consumer boycotts: ethics are just important to a brands consumer as it is to the brand. In the wake of social activism, no organisation is renowned enough to not fall victim to a boycott effort. You may have some loyal consumers left but your organisation may end up with a longstanding, damaged reputation.
  • Possible legal action: A general trend when it comes to issues surrounding money laundering is that it usually leads to further penalties surrounding fines and expenses. In this case, legal action not only damages the reputation of an organisation to investors, suppliers, and consumers, it can also result in fines & potential jail terms for company directors and fighting these cases are often as costly as they are time consuming.

It is evident to see that the aftermath of partaking in illicit money laundering schemes and not implementing anti-money laundering checks can lead to the downfall of the entire organisation. And in a world of ever-tightening regulations, why wouldn’t you want to be one step ahead of the industry?

If the perception of an AML check still feels a little overwhelming to you, why not consider booking a free 30-minute consultation with one of our experts here at CRI® Group? Our specialists have years of experience and are qualified to offer your organisation personalised guidance to fit your professional requirements. Don’t hesitate, get in touch today and stay ahead of the rules and regulations that impact your organisation.

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Mubadala Petroleum Achieved ISO 37001 ABMS Certification through CRI Group

Corporate Research and Investigations Limited (CRI Group) announced that Mubadala Petroleum, a leading international oil and gas company, has successfully achieved ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Management Systems certification.

The announcement was made by Zafar Anjum, CEO at Corporate Research and Investigations Limited. “We are honoured to certify Mubadala Petroleum for ISO 37001, as the ethical and transparent front-runner in the oil and gas industry.”

Mubadala Petroleum is a leading international, upstream oil and gas exploration and production company that manages assets and operations spanning ten countries globally, with a primary geographic focus on the Middle East and North Africa, Russia and Southeast Asia.

The ISO 37001 certification was achieved through ABAC Certification, a component of CRI Group’s Anti Bribery and Anti-Corruption (ABAC®) Center of Excellence, accredited by the Emirates International Accreditation Center (EIAC) for administering ISO 37001 ABMS certification.

ABAC®’s Scheme Manager, Huma Khalid added: “Mubadala Petroleum was very motivated to achieve the globally recognised certification to prove their commitment to the highest integrity and accountability levels across the world. It is an honour to certify Mubadala Petroleum in the UAE in numerous business areas including but not limited to ABC ethics & compliance, ABC risk assessment and management, business management, investigations and reporting, due diligence and employment procedures. It is encouraging that exponential number of worldwide organisations start deciding to not only commit to their sustainable business commitments but also achieve certification to promote transparency inside and outside their organisations.”



Since 1990, CRI Group (Corporate Research and Investigations Limited) has safeguarded businesses from fraud and corruption, providing insurance fraud investigations, employee background screening, investigative due diligence, third-party risk management, compliance and other professional investigative research services.

CRI Group’s ABAC® Center of Excellence provides certification and training solutions to local organisations in the field of Anti-Bribery Management Systems, Risk Management Systems, Compliance Management Systems.



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Stop Bribery and Corruption Today – with ISO 37001 Certification!

Corruption and bribery affects any organisation, large or small, public or not-for-profit. It has the potential to cause severe harm to your business, including financial loss, dire legal consequences, damage to your brand, company’s reputation and sustainable development. Therefore anti-bribery needs to be managed correctly and effectively.

ISO has developed a standard – ISO 37001:2016 ABMS – to help organisations promote an ethical business culture. “Designed to help your organisation implement an anti-bribery management system (ABMS), and/or enhance the controls you currently have. It helps to reduce the risk of bribery [and corruption] occurring and can demonstrate to your stakeholders that you have put in place internationally recognised good-practice anti-bribery [and anti-corruption] controls”.


What are the stages of ISO 37001 Certification?

The ISO 37001:2016 Certification is an Anti-Bribery Management System Certification 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 implements a viable anti-bribery management program utilising widely accepted controls and systems. It assures management, investors, business associates, personnel and other stakeholders that the organisation is actively pursuing internationally recognised and accepted processes to prevent bribery and corruption. ISO 37001:2016 certification also protects the organisation, its assets, shareholders and directors from the effects of bribery. But what, exactly, is the process for getting ISO 37001:2016 certified by CRI Group? Once your organisation has submitted questionnaire information and completed the approval and contract stage, the certification cycle is ready to begin.

A Breakdown of the Stages of ISO 37001:2016 Certification

Step 1: Audit confirmation

An audit plan will be developed with your organisation and confirmed to the Certification’s Body Assessment Team at least three months before the organisation’s first audit.

Step 2: Pre-assessment audit (optional)

The organisation can opt to perform a pre-assessment audit to identify any possible gaps between its current management system and the standard requirements. This audit is optional and helps the organisation check its preparedness for the stage 1 and 2 assessments by identifying any major non-conformities that have not been addressed.

Step 3: Stage 1 audit

Review the results of the audit, including:

  • General observations
  • Non-conformities (major or minor, see below)

Minor non-conformities: These are not seen as serious. The organisation must complete an internal Corrective Action Plan (CAP) before Stage 2. CAP is not required to be sent to the Assessment Team at Stage 1.

Major non-conformities: These are more serious. The organisation will need to submit a CAP within ten days of receiving the audit report, with all actions scheduled to be completed before Stage 2. The CAP should be sent to the Assessment Team. The major non-conformities raised during Stage 1 will be re-assessed during Stage 2 Audit.

Step 4: Stage 2 audit

This is an on-site audit and takes place after the organisation has successfully completed Stage 1 and corrected any major non-conformities identified during the Stage 1 audit. Stage 2 confirms that the organisation’s management system is fully aligned to the standard. The evaluation is of management system implementation and its effectiveness.

Outcome: The audit report will detail the following:

  • Any positive observations
  • Opportunities for improvement – suggestions for improvement and any findings that could lead to potential non-conformities.
  • Non-conformities (Major or Minor)
  • Recommendation for Certification

Minor non-conformities: The organisation must complete an internal Corrective Action Plan (CAP) and submit this to the Assessment Team within 45 working days of receiving the audit report. The Assessment Team will review the CAP; it must detail the non-conformity, the cause, the proposed corrective action, who is responsible and the date the action will be implemented. Based on the evaluation of CAP, the recommendation for certification will be made.

For minor non-conformities, if an organisation has a corrective action procedure, this will not delay the certificate.

Major non-conformities: The organisation must complete an internal Corrective Action Plan (CAP) and submit it within 90 days (or 180 days depending on the number and risk of major non-conformities) of receiving the audit report be sent to the auditor.

What comes next?

Stay tuned for more on ISO 37001:2016: sign up for our newsletter HEREISO 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, Compliance Management System and Risk Management System certification. The program will be tailored to your organisation’s needs and requirements. For assistance in developing and implementing a fraud prevention strategy, contact ABAC today or get a FREE QUOTE now!

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 37301:2021 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.