Apex achieves ISO 37001 ABMS Certification through CRI Group

Apex Shipping Services LLC, based in Dubai (UAE), has successfully demonstrated compliance with ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Management System (ABMS) requirements and attained ABAC Certification from CRI Group (Corporate Research and Investigations Limited).

Kanwal Zafar, Managing Director at ABAC Center of Excellence, announced the certification in a statement. “It is our honour to recognise Apex and certify them for implementing ISO 37001 anti-bribery management standards. From the beginning of the certification process, Apex has demonstrated a commitment to achieving the highest level of compliance, preventing and detecting bribery”.

Zafar said that ABAC Certification assessed and certified Apex for complying with the requirements of ISO 37001:2016 for the scope of following registered activities: Provision of Customs Broker, Sea Cargo Services, Containers Loading and Cargo Packaging.

Arslan Ali, CEO of Apex, said: “ISO 37001 certification provides an anti-bribery and anti-corruption framework for working with third-party clients throughout the Middle East. It’s also an important distinction for Apex as a leading third-party services provider in the shipping industry, [we are] proud to be a leader in the maritime shipping industry on the forefront of preventing bribery and corruption”.

“This ABAC Certification signifies that Apex has zero tolerance for fraud of any kind, and we refuse to work with any individual or business engaged in fraudulent activity”, Arslan Ali said. Additionally, he noted that “Certification enhances the eligibility criteria for Apex Shipping Services LLC to participate actively in the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN). We are proud to have founded Apex Shipping Services on strong ethical values”, Ali said. “Through the ISO 37001 training and certification program, our employees are highly-trained in spotting corruption and helping us maintain our high standard of integrity”.

In its statement, Apex also said “CRI Group is a frontrunner in the field of corporate integrity, and their certification gives Apex an official seal of approval in the way of business ethics”.


ABAC Certification

ABAC Certification is an accredited conformity assessment body in issuing ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management Systems certification, and an independent component of Corporate Research and Investigations Limited (CRI Group’s) Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption Center of Excellence. Its ABAC Certification services are accredited by the Emirates International Accreditation Center (EIAC) for administering the ISO 37001:2016 ABMS Standard.

ABAC CoE was created to educate, equip and support the world’s leading business organisations with the latest best-in-practice Anti-Corruption, Compliance, and Risk management System processes and procedures, providing a world-class evaluation of corporate compliance solutions to organisations seeking to validate or expand their existing compliance frameworks to maintain a competitive edge in the world marketplace.



Since 1990, CRI Group 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.