Our Impartiality Committee
We take our independence seriously.
ETHIC Intelligence® is a certification body. We need to determine whether an anti-bribery management system is able to be certified and receive a certificate based on the merits of the program. We are staking our reputation on our ability to identify whether a programme meets the Standard or not.
While it should go without saying - given that we are compliance, ethics and integrity experts - we never compromise our work based on some benefit either financially to our company or otherwise. We would never promise a successful certification or the award of a certificate. Likewise, no amount of money being paid by a client for a certification would sway our opinion on a project.
We also will never act for a client where we have been involved in consulting on their anti-bribery management system. It is simply inappropriate to audit something that you were involved in building. That is obvious, and we never would do such a thing. We are not a consulting company and are not advisors. We are a certification body.
The same applies to our auditors, whether in-house or contractors. They are bound by the same principles and we ensure that we have clearance from possible conflicts before any engagement.
In order to make this even more transparent, we have a separate committee that is made up of representatives from customers, beneficiaries of certifications, ourselves and outside advisors to make sure that impartiality is at the heart of what we do.
The Impartiality Committee for ISO 37001 is chaired by Founder, Philippe Montigny.
See the full Impartiality procedure here