Choose your ISO 37001 auditor wisely
ISO 37001 auditors are hard to come by, and not every certification body has auditors sitting around. The skill set and experience required in an ISO 37001 certification process are not common across your typical certification body.
Here at ETHIC Intelligence®, we take our auditor competency seriously. We would never suggest you engage a certification body without knowing the backgrounds of your auditors. We always share the backgrounds and experience with all clients and are proud of the people that we use on our projects.
There are a number of key skills and experiences that we look for in any auditor for a certification project.
The number one skillset we value is expertise on the subject matter. To think that you can use an auditor that hasn't been a compliance officer, hasn't built or advised on the building of several anti-corruption programmes, hasn't worked in multiple high risk markets, or hasn't been involved in anti-corruption investigations is simply non sensical. These are the most basic skills that you need to be an effective auditor of ISO 37001. Without them, you have nothing. You should demand to see the expertise of your auditor.
Our auditors all know how to audit to the ISO standards. This is not simply a financial or quality audit, these standards require a different auditing skill set. That is why we focus on having our auditors trained under ISO 19011 Standards of auditing. Having once worked in the audit group of a 'Big 4', is not a sufficient resume which fits our needs and the demands of our clients. Our auditors are trained on ISO auditing standards and regularly update their skills.
While it should go without saying, as anti-corruption experts we are commited to integrity above all else. We have seen major competitors' auditors asking for kickbacks from the companies that they audit, specifically factory audits in China and audits completed in the ISO 9001 space. This sort of conduct is appalling and should never be allowed to enter our industry and our ISO 37001 audits. Much of this comes down to the quality of the auditors and the certification body. Suffice to say that the ETHIC Intelligence® auditors are selected and chosen for their integrity. As a business that has ETHIC(s) in our name, it is at the heart of everything we do.
Social and Customer Skills
While we are auditors, we are also humans and professionals. We engage with our clients and their teams globally to make the audit and certification process a success. We are customer focused and always strive to achieve an outstanding relationship with our client. It is built into our DNA to be customer focused.
We always look for the above general approaches to our auditors. To see the significant requirements in detail, check out our auditors webpage and review the ISO 17021 Standard which is followed by ETHIC Intelligence®.