Our experience in anti-bribery and anti-corruption compliance is what sets us apart from our competitors
You have a choice of certification companies, and at the end of the day you will (hopefully) gain a certification. It's the same thing, right?
To use a simple example, consider going to the dentist for a routine check and clean. Does it matter which dentist you use? You still get clean teeth at the end of the process, so why would you care which dentist you choose?
The auditors performing your accreditation matter
You prefer someone who is a trained and highly competent dentist. Someone who knows the procedures and has done it for many years, thousands of times. Someone who has a spotlessly clean clinic. Someone who practices good manners, is polite and thoughtful. Someone that puts you, the patient, first. Most of all, you want to make sure that anyone you recommend to go to that dentist also enjoys the same experience (as much as anyone attending a dentist can enjoy that experience).
These same values and skill sets also make all the difference when going through the certification process. While you all walk away with the same 'certification' at the end of the process, the process itself and the people leading it are of utmost importance to how successful and tedious the whole experience is.
If you are the compliance officer who is choosing the auditors that will come into your business and engage with your business partners, you wouldn't want to select auditors that ask unnecessary questions which would embarrass you, seem unprofessional, or waste their (or your) time. You want highly experienced people that you can trust to efficiently do their job, act professionally, and respect you and the time of your colleagues.
Selecting our auditors
We audit our certification clients using auditors that have been selected based on their experience in anti-corruption management systems. These individuals are known as ETHIC Intelligence® Certified Auditors and ETHIC Intelligence® Certified Lead Auditors. These auditors are either our contractors, our own resources, or those of our sister company The Red Flag Group®.
All our auditors have been trained through a specific ETHIC Intelligence® multi-day training session and have passed our stringent readiness assessment. The multi-day training is devoted to anti-corruption issues: legal framework, recent case law, best practices, ISO 37001 requirements, audit techniques, and evaluation processes.
We also look to see whether the prospective auditor has experience building and designing programmes, has completed audits either in-house or externally before, and also has the personal and social skills to engage with your teams in a certification project.
On-going review and training
Every ETHIC Intelligence® certified auditor must also attend a yearly training session on anti-corruption trends and emerging best practices lead by our team.
Languages and country knowledge
ETHIC Intelligence® auditors are based in every continent and can audit in many languages.
This international presence allows us to respond appropriately to organisations in every country, with particular value offered to large multinationals corporations seeking a multi-site audit.
Our conflict-free guarantee
Auditors’ independence is key to the certification’s legitimacy.
Prior to any audit, ETHIC Intelligence's® auditors must sign a declaration of absence of conflict of interest.
Auditors’ names are provided to the organisation applying for certification prior to the audit, enabling the company to also verify this absence of conflict of interest.