Achieving Success in Preventing, Detecting Bribery and Corruption

Achieving Success in Preventing, Detecting Bribery and Corruption
Achieving Success in Preventing, Detecting Bribery and Corruption

When organisations make the decision to make anti-bribery anti-corruption compliance a top priority, the results speak for themselves. The ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management System training and certification standard bring together best practices, proven strategies, and elements of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the UK Bribery Act 2010 and other major legislation aimed to curb bribery and corruption. Today, the stakes are too high to turn a blind eye and continue with business as usual.

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.

Mubadala – Pioneering global investment firm

Among these companies is Mubadala Investment Company’s Ethics & Compliance Office. Mubadala is a global investment firm based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, deploying capital with integrity and ingenuity to accelerate economic growth for the long-term benefit of Abu Dhabi.

Zafar Anjum, CEO of ABAC® Group, said: “I commend Mubadala on their company-wide commitment to integrity and preventing bribery and corruption at all levels. There is perhaps no better way to demonstrate that commitment than ISO 37001:2016 certification, as these standards are recognised and practised in more than 160 countries worldwide.”

Shahzad Khan, Head of the Ethics & Compliance Office at Mubadala Investment Company, said: “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.” (Mubadala, 2019)

ABAC® provides clients a comprehensive risk assessment and examination of an organisation’s global anti-bribery policies and procedures, as per the directives laid out in ISO 37001:2016.

KPOGCL – Leader in the oil and gas industry

KPOGCL, a nascent oil and gas exploration and production corporation in Pakistan engaged ABAC Certification services to achieve the ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Management System Standard certification.

KPOGCL is in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Pakistan, the provincial holding company established in 2013 to make KP self-sufficient by discovering indigenous resources in the province. Raziuddin Razi, CEO of KPOGCL, said that engaging in ISO 37001:2016 ABMS Certification will help the organisation provide “full confidence to its partners and shareholders, i.e., the government of KP, Pakistan.”

Razi said that KPOGCL “is in a relentless pursuit to bring the hidden treasures for the comfort of the masses and value for its shareholders. It opens avenues of investment for international and national companies because it enjoys a great rapport with the business community as a competent and truthful entity.”

“KPOGCL’s journey to the London Stock Exchange via the Karachi Stock Exchange and AIM shall need milestones, such as ISO 37001,” Razi said. “The investors and business partners can fully rely on our merit and excellence, and ISO 37001 shall certify these characteristics of ours.”

ISS Middle East FZC – Award-winning IT services company

Another great example 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.

Kanwal Zafar, Managing Director at ABAC Center of Excellence, said: “We are honoured to work with ISS Middle East FZC towards their commitment to prevent, detect, report and eliminate bribery and corruption. This zero-tolerance approach helps organisations to emerge as a global ethical and trusted partner, as this standard is recognised and practised worldwide.”

“This achievement is very important for us because ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Management System Certification ensures that we are complying 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 implement and continually improve 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. “We are very proud to work with industry experts towards implementing our corporate goals and I am sure this Certificate will bring significant trust and benefits to our organisation and industry”.

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 required by the organisation 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
  • Developing reporting and investigation procedures

“Bribery is a key issue in both local markets and global business activities,” Anjum 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 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 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 has 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.

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®  experts are skilled in developing and implementing programs that are tailored to each client’s needs and requirements. Learn more about ABAC Certification and ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management System today.

About ABAC®

Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption (ABAC®) Center of Excellence is an independent certification body that provides education and certification services for individuals and organisations on a wide range of disciplines and ISO standards, including:

ABAC® offers a complete suite of solutions designed to help organisations mitigate the internal and external risks associated with operating in multi-jurisdiction and multi-cultural environments while assisting in the development of frameworks for strategic compliance programs.

ABAC® is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS CB number: 10613) against ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 Conformity assessment — Requirements for bodies providing audit and Certification of the scheme’s management systems of ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management Systems (ABMS). This makes ABAC® Certification the leading accreditated certification body specialising in global anti-bribery and anti-corruption, risk and compliance management system standards. ABAC® experts audit any existing compliance and anti-bribery anti-corruption management systems to assess effectiveness and vulnerabilities while ensuring your organisation complies with Internal Standards, FCPA, UK Bribery Act, Anti-Money Laundering regulations, and all other global, regional and local regulations while maintaining a competitive edge in the world marketplace.

If you are seeking 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.

About the parent company 

Since 1990, CRI® Group (Corporate Research and Investigations Limited) has safeguarded businesses from fraud and corruption, providing insurance fraud investigations, employee background screening, investigative due diligence, third-party risk management, compliance, and other professional investigative research services.


Soraia Antunes, Chief Marketing Officer (CRI® Group and ABAC® Center of Excellence) Soraia is a technically and commercially astute professional with over ten years’ success accelerating brand growth and enhancing customer loyalty via high impact marketing and communication strategies combined with engaging visual identities. She is passionate about creative excellence and driving innovation while influencing key stakeholders. Feel free to reach out.

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