Our commitment to building standards in the compliance industry
ETHIC Intelligence® is a boutique certification agency for anti-bribery and compliance management systems according to the International Standards Organisation (ISO). Our focus is specifically on ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Management Systems, and the testing of compliance programmes according to ISO 19600.
We recognised very early on that companies which had invested in their anti-corruption compliance systems would find value in getting these systems certified. The certification could be used for internal and external communications, for increasing buy-in by both boards and staff and, most importantly, as a competitive edge in calls for tender and other business.
An Industry Pioneer
Since our inception, ETHIC Intelligence has been at the forefront of creating standards in the Compliance Industry. In 2006, we developed the first ever standard for certification of anti-corruption programmes. Large corporations including Alstom, Orange and Schneider Electric were certified to this standard. We then participated in the drafting of both the ISO* 19600 standard on compliance management systems (guidelines published in 2014) and the ISO 37001 standard on anti-bribery management systems (requirements with guidance for use published in 2016). ISO 37001 became the first certifiable ISO standard in the area of compliance.
2019 was a big year at ETHIC Intelligence. After a thorough process, we were accredited by both ANAB** and COFRAC*** for the certification of the ISO 37001:2016 standard on Anti-Bribery Management Systems (ABMS). Although we were already the world-leader in anti-corruption compliance certifications, it became increasingly obvious through client comments that certification under accreditation would add more value. Accreditation involves continual improvement to our own system and procedures, so that we is always on the cutting edge of developments in anti-bribery management systems.
Investors are becoming increasingly convinced of the added value ESG programmes bring to organisations. The development of new ISO compliance standards will benefit the industry by setting new benchmarks.
Thus, as the added value of ISO 37001 certification has been demonstrated, ETHIC Intelligence continues its involvement in the development of new ISO compliance-related standards in order to maintain our status as the most experienced actor in the certification of compliance management systems. We are involved in the drafting of a general standard on Guidance for the Governance of Organisations, ISO 37000. The publication of this new standard is expected at the end of 2020 or early 2021.
We are also contributing to a new Compliance Management System standard which is based on the existing ISO 19600:2014 Compliance Management Systems Guidelines. By the end of 2020 it is projected that the new, certifiable standard, ISO 37301 will be published. We are prepared and will propose training, pre-certification, and certification services for this new standard.
As more and more countries and regional bodies, particularly the EU, adopt stricter whistleblower protection requirements, ISO has responded with the development of a Whistleblowing Management Systems standard. Publication of ISO 37002 is expected in 2021.
The proliferation of new compliance-related standards and the setting of new benchmarks will ensure that organisations seeking certification under any or all of these new standards will meet international best practices in compliance management. The accreditations by ANAB and COFRAC and the ongoing participation in the development of new compliance-related standards, confirms ETHIC Intelligence as a leading agency in compliance-related certifications.
ETHIC Intelligence® does not provide guidance nor advice nor consulting on the development of an anti-bribery management system. ETHIC Intelligence® is ONLY a certification body and we recommend all clients who are looking for a consulting organisation to help develop an anti-bribery programme to consult with other companies in the anti-corruption or management consulting space.
*ISO, the International Organisation for Standardisation is an independent, non-governmental international organisation regrouping 164 national standards bodies such as ANSI in the US, or BSI in the UK. These oversee developing international standards through a process of consensus. In 2016, ISO created a Technical Committee, the ISO/TC 309, specifically responsible for developing standards related to the “Governance of Organisations”
**ANAB: ANSI National Accreditation Board is an Accreditation Body based in the United States
***COFRAC: Comité Français d’Accréditation is the French Accreditation Body