The results speak for themselves when organisations decide to make anti-bribery and anti-corruption compliance a top priority. The ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management Systems (ABMS) standard brings together best practices, proven strategies, and elements of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the U.K. Bribery Act 2010 and other major legislation aimed at curbing bribery and corruption. Today, the stakes are too high to turn a blind eye and continue with business. And ABMS training and certification offer solutions to businesses.
Organisations of all sizes, industries and regions have engaged ABAC® Center of Excellence for ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management System training and certification to reduce risk, increase compliance and maintain anti-bribery standards. Here are some of our ABAC certification success stories:
ISS Middle East FZC – Award-winning IT services company
Among these companies is ISS Middle East FZC (IntelliSoft), an award-winning Information Technology Services company that has successfully demonstrated compliance with ISO 37001 requirements and attained ABAC Certification in ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management System for services such as SAP Professional, Technology, Infra services & solutions (Data Management, Application development, Legacy Modernisation Cloud service, Analytics & Mobility), Staffing, Recruitment and Outsourcing services in IT.
“This achievement is very important for us because ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Management System Certification ensures that we comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and the relevant international best practices to countering bribery and corruption in all the jurisdictions where we operate. We are committed to implementing and continually improving an effective Anti-Bribery Management System (ABMS) to prevent bribery and corruption”, says Mr Ravi Pincha, Founding Board member and CEO of ISS Middle East FZC.
Mubadala – pioneering global investment company
Another great example is Mubadala Investment Company’s Ethics & Compliance Office. The global investment firm based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, has successfully demonstrated compliance with ISO 37001 requirements and attained ABAC Certification in ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management System for services
“We are very proud to attain this certification. It demonstrates our strong commitment to the highest standards of ethics and integrity in our activities. This achievement affirms anti-bribery management systems across Mubadala that support a culture of transparency and compliance in line with the highest global standards” says Shahzad Khan, Head of the Ethics & Compliance Office at Mubadala Investment Company.
ISO 37001:2016 Certification
The ISO 37001 standard is designed to help global organisations implement an anti-bribery management system. The standard specifies a series of measures the organisation requires to prevent, detect and address bribery and provides guidance relative to that implementation. ABAC® Certification’s auditors and analysts develop measures that integrate with existing management processes and controls and include:
- Adopting an anti-bribery policy;
- Establishing buy-in and leadership from management;
- Training personnel in charge of overseeing compliance;
- Communicating the policy and program to all personnel and business associates;
- Providing bribery and corruption risk assessments;
- Conducting due diligence on projects, business associates, and other third-party affiliations;
- Implementing financial and commercial controls; and
- Developing reporting and investigation procedures.
“Bribery is a key issue in both local markets and global business activities,” Zafar Anjum, CEO of ABAC® and CRI® Group said. “The desire to expand business operations and maximise commercial profits requires not only identification and management of operational risks but also identification and mitigation of bribery risks. As the world’s governing bodies gravitate to more stringent standards and efforts to prevent corruption, bribery, and other unethical business practices, we stand ready to help companies meet and exceed those standards.“
EIAC and UKAS accreditation
ABAC® Certification is accredited by Emirates International Accreditation Center – EIAC (formerly known as Dubai Accreditation Center-DAC), the first accreditation of its kind awarded to a certification body specialising in global anti-bribery and anti-corruption, risk and compliance standards.
Ms. Amina Ahmed Mohammed, CEO of EIAC, offered her congratulations to Corporate Research and Investigations Limited (ABAC® Group’s parent brand) for becoming the first and only certification body to fulfil the criteria and be accredited by EIAC for ISO 37001:2016. She said that EIAC had launched an accreditation scheme for anti-bribery management in line with the Dubai government’s approach toward achieving the highest standards and transparency among public and private sector organisations.
The accreditation empowers ABAC® Certification to provide the highest level of audit services for multinational organisations seeking to bring their management systems into compliance with global standards (pursuant to the requirements of ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015) while conforming to the ever-evolving levels of standards dictated by multi-jurisdictional regions around the world.
United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) has also accredited ABAC® Center of Excellence in the UK, Malaysia and Dubai for ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management Systems (ABMS) certification in accordance with ISO/IEC 17021-1: 2015 conformity assessment requirements for bodies providing audit and Certification of management systems.
“Congratulations to everyone at ABAC® Center of Excellence on achieving accreditation for certifying anti-bribery management systems. Gaining this accreditation means that ABAC® has demonstrated to UKAS that it has the necessary systems and processes in place to provide competent, consistent and impartial Certification against the ISO 37001:2016 ABMS standard. In turn, holding accredited ABMS certification enables organisations to demonstrate to regulators and customers that they have independently assessed and robust anti-bribery systems. As ISO 37001:2016 is an internationally recognised standard, this could be an important factor in helping organisations maintain or expand their business by showing that they satisfy national and international anti-bribery compliance requirements, both in the UK and abroad.” UKAS said in a statement.
Now is the perfect time to engage ABAC® Certification’s expert ISO 37001:2016 training and Certification to prevent and detect bribery at all levels of your organisation. ABAC® Certification’s experts are skilled in developing and implementing programs that are tailored to each client’s needs and requirements. Learn more about ABAC®
Other Success Stories
ABAC® was established as an independent division of CRI® Group to provide training and certification services to businesses seeking to validate or expand their existing compliance frameworks by developing the latest in best-practice anti-corruption, due diligence processes and procedures necessary for maintaining global third-party affiliations. ABAC® Center of Excellence offers a complete suite of solutions designed to help organisations mitigate internal and external risks.
Over the past three decades, CRI® Group has emerged as a global leader in corporate investigations and risk management, serving distinguished clients across Europe, Asia Pacific, South Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and North and South America. CRI® Group safeguards businesses by establishing the legal compliance, financial viability, and integrity levels of outside partners, suppliers and customers seeking to affiliate with an organisation.
If you seek to validate or expand your existing compliance frameworks to maintain a competitive edge in the world marketplace, ABAC® can help you. Our experts audit your existing compliance and anti-bribery anti-corruption management systems to assess effectiveness and vulnerabilities while ensuring your organisation complies with Internal Standards, FCPA rules, UK Bribery Act laws, Anti-Money Laundering regulations, and all other global, regional and local regulations.
We are an international team of talented compliance professionals that are shaping the future of compliance solutions industry globally. Working through our global network of certified fraud examiners, ethics and compliance professionals, qualified auditors, financial and corporate investigators, forensic analysts and accountants, the ABAC® team audits your anti-bribery, anti-corruption, risk, compliance and third-party risk management systems to ensure the organisation adequately complies with global, regional and local regulations.
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