To ensure that organizations only engage in certification processes which have a reasonable chance of success, ETHIC Intelligence carries out a free remote preliminary assessment that defines an audit perimeter and/or selects an appropriate certificate.
The agency might also suggest that an organization execute a preliminary gap analysis or a mock audit to favour a smooth certification process.
Stage 1: Preparatory Audit
A conference call organized at least three weeks prior to the on-site audit, guarantees its maximum efficiency in the least disruptive way possible for the company, by:
- defining the audit plan
- agreeing on general documented information that must be reviewed by the Lead Auditor prior to the in-situ audit
- identifying people to be interviewed
- preparing audit logistics
Stage 2: In-Situ Audit
The audit starts with a certification kick-off meeting to validate the audit plan and sort out organizational issues. It continues with on-site interviews, document reviews and ends with a concluding meeting, during which auditors summarize their findings and clear up misunderstandings.
With respect to certification audits, ETHIC Intelligence uses a publicly available table which indicates the average amount of days that should be devoted to the process.
Stage 3: Report and certification
The auditor describes and analyzes the anti-bribery management system in a report, which is in turn examined by the Certification Committee. The result and findings of the certification process are then communicated to the organization.
Stage 4: Surveillance audit and monitoring
For a three-year certification process, a surveillance audit is organized every year to address the findings identified in the initial certification report.
OUR ADDED VALUE
Why is ETHIC Intelligence the best choice for your organization’s certification?
- ETHIC Intelligence participated in the drafting of the ISO 37001 standard
- ETHIC Intelligence’s auditors have a unique expertise in anti-corruption programs
- ETHIC Intelligence abides by the highest professional standards including the ISO/IEC 17021-1 & 9 applicable to certification bodies