Many businesses want to operate “under the radar.” Funders and clean business partners are uncomfortable dealing “under the radar” because of Know-Your-Customer (KYC) and Know-Your-Customer’s-Business (KYCB) requirements.
There is a minimum investment that businesses must make to establish that they are genuine. The level of investment will depend on type and number of registrations and compliances involved.
Some Popular Regulatory Compliance Services include help with
Many businesses assume ethics is demonstrated through the public image and utterances of their leaders. Funders and clean business partners want to be assured there is an auditable system that ensures everyone in the business can be relied upon to act ethically.
Policies, Processes and Structures are used by business leadership to control the internal ethical environment, which they shape by the integrity, risk-appetite and ethical values they demonstrate.
Some Popular Control Environment Services include help in articulating, documenting and sharing
- - A Company's Vision, Mission & Values
- - A Code of Conduct
- - Governance, Oversight Monitoring & Assurance Structures
Business Leaders often have a gut feel for (compliance, financial, operational and other) performance of their businesses, but funders and clean business partners want documented information, prepared using standard formats and processes to assure reliability.
Internal Systems are used to achieve control activities and examples include proper accounting and information management systems and so on.
Some Popular Control Activities Services include
- - Setting up Records Keeping & Accounting System
- - Financial Reporting System
- - Audit & Accounting System
- - Setting Up Physical Controls
Business Leaders do not typically define their risk appetite and therefore don’t actively manage risks. This includes the exposure to bribery and corruption risks. Funders and clean business partners want companies to understand, quantify and prepare for their levels of exposure.
Corruption risks often arise from the need for speed (and thus a willingness to cut-corners or circumvent processes), the need to safe face, protect a brand or reputation against a wrongdoing or the need to gain a business advantage for growth and/or survival. Many other types of risks also occur.
Risk assessments are used to identify from an entity’s area of operation, the associated risks specif¬ic to its industry, geography, business structure, transaction types and business partners and its likelihood of occurrence as well as the procedures and standards put in place to reduce risk exposure.
Some Popular Risk Assessment Services include
Information & Communication
Business Leaders need to train staff on ethics and values, company policies and on standard operating procedures to set the expectations they have of their employees. Funders and clean business partners want to be sure business integrity and excellence (through efficiency and effectiveness) is part of the organizational culture.
Staff are the link between a company and its stakeholders and therefore their behavior forms a critical channel for communicating the ethics of the organization and the role it plays or otherwise in the culture of operations of the business.
Information and Communications are used by business leaders to sell the vision of the organization’s core essence to their staff to catalyze proper practice and policy implementation down the organization’s value chain.
Some Popular Information and Communications Services include
Commitment to Continuous Improvement
Business Leaders need to continuously improve efficiency and effectiveness of governance, controls and anti-corruption compliance systems they have in place. Funders and clean business partners want to be sure business integrity, quality and value-for-money are embedded in the way things are done.
A business will increase its efficiency through the ongoing improvement of prod-ucts, services or processes through incremental and breakthrough improve¬ments. This in turn will help the organization with achieving its mission and vi¬sion, while also delivering value to stakeholders.
A commitment to continuous improvement results in internal efficiencies; demonstrates a willingness to meet and exceed customer and stakeholder expectations; to consistently attain or exceed society, market or industry performance benchmarks and expectations.
Some Popular Commitment to Continuous Improvement Services include
- - Training Curriculum Development
- - Setting up Monitoring & Evaluation Systems