CRI Group’s mission is to safeguard the corporate world by detecting and exposing bribery and corruption before it can cause irreparable harm to a business. As the global firm celebrates its 29th anniversary, the industry-leading services it provides are in high demand. The way companies conduct business has changed dramatically over the past three decades, and preventing and detecting fraud, corruption and unethical behaviour is a leading priority among organisations worldwide.
A Year of Milestones
During just the past year alone, CRI Group’s accomplishments stand out as success stories for organisations that depend on expert help to protect their financial, reputational and legal standing in the face of corruption risks.
A critical part of this effort is the sharing of knowledge and training. CRI Group hosted its third annual Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption Summit, attracting leading industry professionals to Islamabad, Pakistan for insightful keynote addresses, instructional sessions, panel discussions and workshops. In addition, CRI Group’s experts participated as hosts, panelist and speakers at a variety of global conferences addressing anti-bribery management employee background screening solutions, reaching more than 1,200 professionals in 10 cities —and our investigative analysts have detected more than 700 red flags across 80 countries worldwide. If not discovered, any one of these red flags could have turned into the next massive fraud.
CRI Group’s experts also published more than 50 informative articles worldwide to help educate business and industry leaders, government officials, corporate professionals and the public on topics ranging from corruption, due diligence and employee background investigations. These include primary research papers, case studies and features in leading industry publications.
Strategic alliances were formed to help strengthen the fight against fraud and corruption. CRI Group teamed up with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Transparency International, The Malaysian Youth Council and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Foundation to develop a nationwide anti-corruption awareness campaign, reaching more than 30,000 Malaysians on International Anti-Corruption Day. CRI Group also expanded services into Brazil, China and Canada.
ABAC® Center of Excellence
CRI Group’s history was always focused on standing up against the outside forces that, through corruption, collusion, coercion and fraud, can cause financial, organisational, reputational and legal harm to our global clients. To continue protecting organisations worldwide, in 2016, CRI Group’s CEO Zafar Anjum and CRI Group embraced a bold new initiative with the founding of the Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption ABAC® Center of Excellence. ABAC Center of Excellence was created to educate, equip and support the world’s leading business organizations with the latest in best-practice due diligence processes and procedures, providing world-class anti-bribery and anti-corruption solutions to organizations seeking to validate or expand their existing compliance frameworks to maintain a competitive edge in the world marketplace. ABAC CoE’s team of expert certification professionals wasted no time developing programs to train and certify organisations in compliance processes, including the comprehensive ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management System Certification.
In 2018, CRI Group was granted accreditation by the Emirates International Accreditation Centre – as an ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management System Certification and Conformity Assessment Body (the first accreditation of its kind awarded to a certification body specialising in global anti-bribery and anti-corruption, risk and compliance standards).
Earlier this year, ABAC Certification was accredited by the International Accreditation Service (IAS). CRI Group announced the establishment of a U.S.-based ABAC Center of Excellence LLC to provide the scope of ISO 37001 ABMS in the U.S. market.
In April 2019, Ethics & Compliance Office of Mubadala Investment Company PJSC, a pioneering global investment firm based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, successfully completed the ABAC Certification program and earned ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Management Systems standard certification.
Head of Ethics and Compliance Office at Mubadala Investment Company PJSC, stated: “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 specifically affirms the presence of anti-bribery management systems across Mubadala that support a culture of transparency and compliance in line with the highest global standards”.
United For Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption
CRI Group hosted its first Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption Summit in 2017 in Karachi, Pakistan, the first event of its kind sharing invaluable expertise in due diligence, internal controls and compliance issues, along with showcasing the latest resources and solutions to detect and prevent combat bribery and corruption. The Summit was such a success that CRI Group hosted the event again in 2018, with CEOs, CFOs, directors, compliance and legal officers, lawyers, and due diligence and risk management professionals gathering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the second annual Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption Summit.
Just this year, the third annual Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption Summit returned to Pakistan (this time in Islamabad) and it embraced the theme of “Setting the Tone at the Top”. Anjum provided the introductory welcome, noting that the event was a great success at a critical time in the fight against bribery and corruption. “Nowhere is that more prevalent than right here in Pakistan, a country whose Transparency International corruption perception index ranking has decreased steadily over the past several years, thanks to effective anti-corruption programs, increased awareness, and ever-stringent enforcement measures”, Anjum said.
A post-event survey of the attendees found that 79 percent face challenges raising awareness amongst employees about anti-bribery and anti-corruption measures. They are doing something to remedy that, however: 81 percent said they are looking to implement ABMS certification and/or ABMS training at their organisations within the next six months.
Attendees noted their overwhelming satisfaction with the event in the survey results, and CRI Group is already looking forward to hosting another successful ABAC Summit in 2020.
CRI Group: Continue Leading Business Towards a Fraud-Free Future
The most successful organisations don’t rest on their laurels – they are constantly innovating and growing to provide new services and resources that directly benefit their clients in real, measurable ways. CRI Group is definitely in this category, charting exciting new paths in investigation, anti-corruption compliance, background checks, due diligence, and an entire range of offerings that fill urgent needs among businesses. With the expansion of ABAC Center of Excellence, the growth of the annual Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption Summit, CRI Group’s participation in other industry events and though leadership worldwide, the firm is at the forefront of the newest measures and best practices for preventing and detecting fraud and corruption.
For business and government leaders, catching corruption after its already wreaked havoc is too late. They depend on CRI Group to help uncover and mitigate risks before they cause irreparable harm. For 29 years, CRI Group has proved ready and able to answer the call.