The Red Flag Group Launches Compliance Interactive

Compliance Training Platform Ushers In a New Era in Ethics and Compliance Training

Tempe, Ariz. – Global integrity and compliance firm The Red Flag Group today released Compliance Interactive®, a revolutionary compliance training platform designed to transform the way employees of large companies receive compliance training.

Using engaging, storyline-driven modules, an entertaining cast of CGI-animated characters and a relatable activity-based narrative, Compliance Interactive is designed to optimize employees’ learning experiences through an enterprise-wide e-learning platform, changing the way companies fulfill their compliance and ethics training obligations.

“For years, compliance training has involved dry content that was rolled out and made ‘mandatory’ despite a good deal of it being irrelevant to most of the employee base,” said Scott Lane, chairman of The Red Flag Group. “Compliance Interactive puts the ‘one-size-fits-all’ training model to rest, with no more wasted hours on unnecessary or irrelevant training.”

As opposed to licensing and implementing standard training titles from a catalog, the Compliance Interactive Adaptive Course System dynamically builds a single course specific to each employee – based on his or her role, responsibilities and location – from a selection of more than 600 modules.

“We developed Compliance Interactive with the understanding that each employee is different,” said Lane. “From managing teams, working across cultures or engaging in high-risk activities, employees’ activities dictate what they need to know from a compliance perspective. Therefore, compliance training should be tailored accordingly, to enable each employee to be most effective.”

Each course contains animated real-life scenarios paired with engaging narrative, encouraging the learner to become part of the story.

“This is the next best thing to real-life experience, as the learner experiences first-hand the character’s actions, can see what their motives are and how this can unfold in everyday life,” explained Lane. “The consequences of the character’s actions are both memorable and tangible, with the learner being able to relate to how those actions would impact his or her specific job role and experiences.”

Key features and benefits of Compliance Interactive include:

  • Tailored Topics. While the full Compliance Interactive course covers more than 200 topics and scenarios, individual learners will only receive the elements that are immediately relevant to them – and the information they need to know to perform effectively.
  • Customizable policies and procedures. For companies that want specific content, Compliance Interactive can be easily coupled with specific customizations that can easily be changed at any time.
  • Fast implementations with minimal administrative burden. Implementing one course with no complex course assignment rules results in fewer variables in the equation, dramatically reducing the time-intensiveness of administering multiple courses.
  • Multiple languages for global companies. Compliance Interactive is available in all key languages for global companies, with more available on request.

“Employees deserve a compliance program that is tailored for them, and not something that they need to study before working out how they can apply it to their environment,” added Lane. “Compliance Interactive distills compliance training down to a single course, so those who engage with the platform save time by not receiving information that’s irrelevant to their job functions.”

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About The Red Flag Group

The Red Flag Group is a global integrity and compliance risk firm. It applies its unique set of advice, technology and business intelligence applications to manage the integrity and compliance risks of its customers. The Red Flag Group assists companies in developing and maintaining efficient and effective corporate governance and compliance programs, and has a proven track record in providing integrity due diligence investigations in 194 countries. For more information,

Panama and Unaoil confirm demise of tick-the-box compliance

BY SCOTT LANE, Executive Chairman, The Red Flag Group

Companies use business partners all over the world. It is generally understood that some business partners form different risks to other business partners and therefore the initial reviews on their backgrounds may vary. This variation is often assessed based on ‘risk’ and is known as a ‘risk based approach’. The two recent global stories around the Panama Papers and Unaoil highlight some of the gaps in conducting due diligence on business partners.

The Red Flag Group has no doubt at all that some companies mentioned did not conduct due diligence on Unaoil, or treated it as lower risk because it was located in Monaco and somehow managed to fall out of the due diligence process. Companies often use the location of the subject third party as their first indicator to determine whether due diligence (of any kind) is ‘justified’ or necessary. In the view of The Red Flag Group, there is a fair chance that this caused several companies to not conduct due diligence on Unaoil.

There is no doubt that there are places in the world that might present higher risks of, say, corruption than others – for example, in those countries where government is closely linked to business, where state owned entities are at the heart of every deal, or where there has been a history of revolving doors involving government officials entering into business fields. Similarly, there are certainly places in the world that might give rise to a higher risk of sanctions, particularly given that most sanctions are on countries and around the export of certain product. It is not difficult to work out the countries (i.e Sudan, North Korea and, to an ever-decreasing degree, Iran and Cuba) and the sorts of products that are subject to export and import restrictions (weapons, chemicals etc.)

What is interesting, however, is the growing focus on the part of compliance and business teams to regard the country of registration (of the proposed third party) as their initial cull mechanism to determine whether to proceed with due diligence or dispense with it entirely. The ‘country’ risk occasionally extends to countries where the company actually ‘does’ business, and not just its place of registration. But, due to the complexity associated with multiple answers and trying to automatically apply a risk score to those answers, many companies resort back to one answer around place of registration. The Red Flag Group often sees companies consistently applying a country ‘slice’ to due diligence requests and using that factor to determine whether to conduct due diligence.

To make matters even more interesting, companies then use a perceived list of corruption ridden countries on which to make that risk determination. If it appears lower risk on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), then many companies somehow give a subject company a ‘pass’ to proceed with minimal or no due diligence. But using country as a sole initial factor for sorting through a list of subjects for due diligence has some serious challenges.

Classifying a country as high risk is too simplistic. The Red Flag Group has worked on over 100,000 due diligence cases over 10 years, and the largest country risk we find for fraud is actually by far the United States. We find greater risk of collusion, price fixing, theft, fraudulent invoicing, intellectual property infringements, commercial corruption, fake invoices, and conflicts of interest in the United States than in almost any other country. Yet, most companies wouldn’t even dream of doing due diligence on their United States based partners. Go figure. Because a country is high risk in one risk area shouldn’t somehow rate that third party as high risk overall. It only is high risk if the risks that are inherent in that country and the risk of what the third party is doing for you actually overlap. It is too simplistic to rate a country as high risk and then apply it across the board. If your company is engaging a company in India (a high risk country for corruption) to provide domestic delivery services, then it is probably a low risk for corruption despite being in India. However, if the company is providing cross border and importation through customs, then it would naturally be high risk in India (because of the previously classified high risk for corruption). To use another example, if the third party is in India but you are using it to develop software, why would that third party be declared high risk just because India has been declared high risk for corruption? As set out below, there are many other factors that might declare this company as high risk, but corruption is not one of them.

Most indexes assess only one risk. While important, corruption risks are only one risk. Testing a third party for its integrity should be against more risk areas than just corruption. So, by applying a list of corrupt countries to its place of registration might actually give it a ‘pass’, yet for other risk areas the country is a very high risk. Take Monaco or Panama, for example … both very topical sources of discussion. The Red Flag Group looks at 23 different risk areas and suggests that clients ask themselves this question, ‘what can that third party do to hurt us’. While corruption is important, it is by nowhere near the only risk that should be considered. Take our example above, if you are having an Indian service provider build some software for you, you should be more worried about code quality, incorrect use of open source licences, embedded IP rights from third parties, and just general sloppiness in design and user interface, than being worried about whether the company bribed someone to get power connected to its building.

Country risk should be based on your company not an NGO guidepost. While applying a country risk seems to be part of the fabric of the compliance officer’s process, it is recommended that this be based on negative and also positive things that are actually relevant to your company. If, for example, there is a set of countries in which your company is growing and really investing heavily, then you might want to make sure that those business partners in that country are great, rather than focus on the countries that represent less than one percent of revenue. Of course, all the lawyers will say ‘yes, but that ‘one percent’ country could still give rise to a corruption issue that could lead to significant fines’. The legal team can keep arguing that as the business marches them out of the door for being uncommercial and out of touch with the reality of business. The ‘risk’ of a country should be considered based on business factors … growth, investment, legal and integrity risks of doing business in that country and industry, and, most importantly, the type of business being done by the third party. If you are a retailer and only sell to consumers and have minimal connections with government, then why should you rate a country low on the CPI (which suggests it is highly corrupt) as a high risk for your business.

If you are going to use country as a risk factor, then make sure it is one of 10 factors and is weighted accordingly. If you are going to use country as a risk factor, then it should be one of many risk factors, the most important being what the third party is actually doing for your business. While some of this can be coded into algorithms and risk scoring, a good part of it requires some brains to think about the risks and to weigh up just how likely they are to actually occur as part of your engagement. While a risk engine in onboarding software can go some way towards this assessment, it requires much more thought.

Country risk is just about priority setting. If the argument is that you really use the country risk as a factor, but it is more of a guide as to where to prioritise due diligence initiatives, then fair enough. Rolling out a programme based on certain countries is natural, practical and makes a whole lot of sense, provided that the countries have been chosen intelligently based on business objectives.

The Red Flag Group announces appointment of Tom Fox

Tempe, 6 April 2016 – The Red Flag Group, a global integrity risk and compliance firm, today announced that Tom Fox, the well-respected compliance evangelist, has joined the Firm as Compliance Ambassador.


In this newly created role, Tom will be supporting business development activities, providing insight around strategic product direction and continuing to share his valuable industry expertise and foresight.  

David Youngson, CEO of The Red Flag Group said: “Tom brings a wealth of compliance knowledge and expertise that is well regarded and respected across our industry.  Having him on the team is a major development for our Firm and results in our clients having comprehensive exposure to the leading trends and latest thought leadership across the compliance industry.  Tom’s appointment is key in supporting our strategic commitment to be the go-to provider for global compliance and risk expertise.”

In his new role, Tom will continue to deliver FCPA and compliance insight under The Red Flag Group umbrella, building upon the Firm’s powerful arsenal of meaningful value-added thought leadership and enhancing the dissemination process in his capacity as a key industry influencer on social media and blog sites.

“I am thrilled to come on board with The Red Flag Group as Compliance Ambassador,” said Tom. “It gives me the opportunity to continue to evangelise about compliance and ethics while being associated with the leading product and services provider in the field.”

A seasoned compliance professional and former general counsel at Drilling Controls, Inc., Tom is a renowned international speaker and author on corporate compliance and the FCPA. He is the creator of the award winning and syndicated FCPA Compliance and Ethics Blog and Podcast series and is the author of 10 books on compliance and ethics including the international best-selling book “Lessons Learned on Compliance and Ethics” and the seminal volume “Doing Compliance: Design, Create and Implement an Effective Anti-Corruption Compliance Program”. He was recently named the Top Contributor in Compliance in the JD Supra Reader’s poll.

Tom attended undergraduate school at the University of Texas, graduate school at Michigan State University and law school at the University of Michigan.

Notes to editors:

The Red Flag Group is a global integrity and compliance risk firm. It applies its unique set of advice, technology and business intelligence applications to manage the integrity and compliance risks of its customers. The Red Flag Group assists companies in developing and maintaining efficient and effective corporate governance and compliance programmes, and has a proven track record in providing integrity due diligence investigations in 194 countries.

Lessons from the Unaoil scandal

By SCOTT LANE, Executive Chairman, The Red Flag Group

There is no doubt that every compliance officer has now seen the global media coverage over a company based in Monaco called Unaoil. Without repeating the details in full here, there are a few things that are strong learning for compliance officers and business people everywhere, including those in the oil industry or any industry for that matter.

If it is too good to be true, it probably is. If a business partner is offering great connections with government, and exceptionally good opportunities for a success fee, then it’s probably tainted with corruption. At the very least, it warrants significant review before engaging with that company. There were many warning signs with Unaoil, as there are with hundreds of other companies just like it providing services around the world. In the experience of The Red Flag Group, which has conducted due diligence on almost 100,000 intermediaries in 190 countries, Unaoil is just the tip of a large iceberg.

Just because a third party works for another company, it doesn’t mean it is ‘industry approved’ and that someone else in the industry in which they work has approved them. This is a common misconception: that ‘these guys work with four of our competitors, are you telling me that it is okay for them and not for us?’ The answer is ‘probably, yes’. Just because a company works with your competitors doesn’t give it a stamp of approval. Some of the largest companies in the oil and gas industry engaged Unaoil. Every one of those companies regularly does due diligence on intermediaries, and every one of them has compliance officers and compliance programmes. There might be many reasons, aside from sheer incompetence on the part of their due diligence process or provider, for not conducting due diligence.


Relying on questionnaires and industry certifications is a failure. The Red Flag Group has acted for several of the companies mentioned in the Unaoil scandal, but only one company – on one occasion – asked us to do due diligence on Unaoil. All of the others presumably decided that it was of no risk and skipped it entirely. Alternatively, they decided to do it themselves with a simple database check, relied on an industry anti-corruption certification, or they relied on data in a completed questionnaire and called that adequate ‘due diligence’. All of these approaches would have failed in this situation to truly identify the risk in this company. Simply relying on an industry validation or certification is not sufficient and companies should form their own view based on their own proposed engagement and their risk tolerance.


Compliance is often kept in the dark. Of course, it is also possible that the companies didn’t do any adequate due diligence because it was never raised with compliance. In most cases, there isn’t a closed loop process where systems actively stop an engagement until due diligence is completed. Most companies still don’t have closed loops. They simply do not use the due diligence process and avoid compliance. The other reason it was probably not done is because of the country. For some crazy reason, many companies rely on a list of countries that have perceived corruption risk and base their requirement to do due diligence on that single view. Monaco doesn’t rate as a high risk on that list, so it is possible that ‘all companies in Monaco’ received a pass from having to undergo due diligence. Again, an absurd concept, but one that is used daily in most large companies to determine the risk of a third party before spending time and money on due diligence.

Criminals lie. Criminals fill out questionnaires requested of them by companies and they lie. The companies just go through the motions and tick all the right boxes. You don’t need to be rocket scientists to know which ones to tick that appear to lower risk and turn away enquiring eyes. They are well experienced at knowing which questions are framed to raise further questions and how best to answer them. The questions on due diligence questionnaires are just so basic that most admin resources complete them.

Corruption is organised crime. People are paid well to look the part, play their role, and be a middleman for your company. They will be smooth, exciting, daring and often expert at tricking visitors to a country. Your job is to work out which ones are real and which ones are not. This requires skill and requires someone with real knowledge and experience.

Due diligence is not about ticking boxes – far from it. It is also not about checking basic questions around licences, approvals, and backgrounds. It is not about spending a few hundred dollars on a simple check. It’s not about checking media for evidence of corruption. Having said that, when The Red Flag Group conducted due diligence on Unaoil for a client several years ago, a basic review identified numerous media hits, which led us to concluding that the company was ‘very red’ under our nomenclature. In any event, too many companies are simply collecting information about an organisation – registration documents, ownership, certificates etc. – and not actually reading them. They are not piecing the story together. Rather, they are just seeing this as a process, and are collecting the data required with the aim of moving through the process as quickly as possible.

Due diligence is a skill and doesn’t always work. Even the best due diligence providers have a degree of luck in the research that they do – for example, luck in the sense that the person you talk to about a company tells you the truth; that the references you are given actually say something useful; and, that your contacts in that local market are having a bad day and actually tell you the real story. Of course, all of this work, effort and luck is balanced against a limited budget and time to complete the task. Most companies now spend a few hundred dollars and expect all this to be done in a day or two. The bottom line is due diligence on companies such as Unaoil is an art and skill. It’s not about box ticking and filling out forms. It is more investigative in nature than simply a process, and it takes time and that means money. The good news is that the hundreds or thousands of dollars spent on good (or even adequate) due diligence is a minute percentage of the deal size of a pending transaction.

People in business need to open their eyes about compliance. It is unacceptable for anyone in global business to think it is acceptable to rely on an external certification or even detailed due diligence to make a decision on a key business partner that is challenged with opening doors in a tough industry in a tough market. You can’t outsource your obligations to manage your business. While you should expect great information, accurate assessments, and guidance from your due diligence provider, hiding behind a certification isn’t probably the right model. Companies need to work with their due diligence provider to be part of the solution and assessment of risk.

What the Panama Papers mean for compliance officers

The Panama Papers showed how various people, including government officials, had opened various offshore companies and presumably used those companies to acquire assets and hold funds in offshore bank accounts in the name of those companies, without disclosing these to any necessary authorities. 

They also revealed a number of interesting things for compliance officers to keep in mind. Here are our top 12 in no particular order:

The Red Flag Group Launches IntegraAnalytics(R) | Compliance Transaction Monitoring

TEMPE, Arizona, March 24, 2016 -- Global integrity and compliance firm The Red Flag Group released today enterprise wide real-time transaction screening software for compliance risks that identifies suspicious behavior and blocks transactions from happening.

IntegraAnalytics® | Compliance Transaction Monitoring is cutting-edge software that utilizes a powerful analytics engine that can search multiple databases. Unlike other big data products that focus on historical data after the event, IntegraAnalytics can be used to identify suspicious transactions in real time. With its intuitive dashboard and automatic monitoring capability, IntegraAnalytics has the potential to revolutionize compliance and provide businesses with an opportunity to take immediate proactive actions to prevent or remediate compliance problems.

"While most companies focus on analyzing historical data to determine potential risk areas for a company, we managed to develop an application to monitor real-time transactions to allow a company to actively analyze both historical and live transactions for non-compliant and suspicious behaviors," said David Youngson, Chief Executive Officer of The Red Flag Group. "This can help companies prevent loss in revenue, potential fines from non-compliance issues or a damage in reputation. Essentially, we view this as the 'Holy Grail' of compliance."

For example, when a company wants to identify corruption via sales channels, it usually requires looking into different data sources – such as deal size information, risk ratings in a particular country, reseller information, and any non-standard discount requests – manually and individually. Once all information is collected, the company would then perform an analysis to identify potential suspicious transactions. The whole process can take days or even months.

However, IntegraAnalytics allows for screening and checking the data via the dashboard in real-time. The company can identify issues earlier and save itself from potential revenue loss and fines.

Consisting of a simple one-page dashboard overview that helps compliance teams to easily manage transactional risks, IntegraAnalytics:

  • Provides an enterprise risk overview with metrics from the transaction level
  • Conducts real-time monitoring on pre-identified transaction areas and flags potential issues
  • Maps transaction risks with a country risk rating to help identify and prioritize investigation tasks

"We are very proud that IntegraAnalytics is the first predictive analytics tool in the market, with full coverage on customers, sales, suppliers, and human capital data, and we think it can change everything," said Scott Lane, Chairman of The Red Flag Group. "Through an intuitive user interface and dashboard, IntegraAnalytics enables business users to identify suspicious trends immediately and can offer prompt actions. Compliance efficiency and effectiveness can highly be improved with this new analytics tool."

About The Red Flag Group
The Red Flag Group is a global integrity and compliance risk firm. It produces a unique set of advice, technology and business-intelligence applications to manage the integrity and compliance risks of its customers. The Red Flag Group is a leader in screening and due diligence across a range of industries in 180 countries. For more information, visit

The Red Flag Group Appoints Helen Gillies to Board of Directors

Phoenix, 3 March 2016 - The Red Flag Group, a global integrity risk and compliance firm, today announced that Helen Gillies will join its Board of Directors as Independent Non-Executive Director.

Scott Lane, Executive Chairman of The Red Flag Group said: “Helen is a fantastic addition to our Board – she has an in-depth knowledge of our industry, our client base and our product suite – and has the unique ability to combine her strong legal background with astute commercial and operational risk advice in one focused assessment.  I am very excited to see the changes Helen will bring and look forward to working with her as part of our Board.”

Helen was previously Executive Director of Sinclair Knight Merz Management (“SKM”), a global engineering consultancy, with a turnover in excess of 1.3 Billion AUD. SKM was the first company globally to achieve multi regional accreditation under BS 10500, the standard for compliance systems to meet the UK Bribery Act. Helen led the team to achieve this certification.

Helen won the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association award as In-House Lawyer of the Year (Corporate) in 2008.  In 2012, she was named as one of Australia’s Most Influential Women in the Board and Management category in the Australian Financial Review’s inaugural awards. 

Helen was appointed as a non-executive director of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (“CASA”) in July 2009 and served as a director until June 30, 2014.

Helen has undergraduate degrees in Commerce, Law (Hons), and a Master of Business Administration and Masters of Construction Law.  She has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Insead and the International Directors Program at Insead, France.

A list of The Red Flag Group Board members can be found at

Notes to editors:

The Red Flag Group is a global integrity and compliance risk firm. It applies its unique set of advice, technology and business intelligence applications to manage the integrity and compliance risks of its customers. The Red Flag Group assists companies in developing and maintaining efficient and effective corporate governance and compliance programmes, and has a proven track record in providing integrity due diligence investigations in 194 countries. 

Global Corporate Compliance & Ethics Data Survey 2015

Fifty-Eight Percent of Chief Compliance Officers Say Compliance Not Sufficiently Integrated into Corporate Strategy, Consero Survey Finds

Bethesda, MD (Feb. 15, 2016) – A majority (58%) of Chief Compliance Officers report that the compliance function is not integrated sufficiently into corporate decision-making and strategy, according to a new survey by Consero Group, an international leader in creating high-level, invitation-only events for senior executives. The results were reported as part of the Global Corporate Compliance & Ethics Data Survey, compiled by Consero Group in partnership with The Red Flag Group.

Additionally, when asked to describe the greatest impediment to their department’s progress, the second-greatest proportion of respondents cited senior management buy-in at 16 percent, behind insufficient staffing at 22 percent. A great majority (96%) of respondents said they reported to either the General Counsel, Board of Directors or Chief Executive Officer.

“While Compliance Officers’ influence on decision-making and strategy has grown over time, there remains a great deal of opportunity for compliance integration,” said Paul Mandell, Founder & CEO of Consero Group. “By working across the C-suite and leveraging their teams, today’s Chief Compliance Officers can prove the worth of their function to ensure that the organization navigates a tough compliance environment effectively.”

“We are pleased to partner with Consero for the Global Corporate Compliance & Ethics Data Survey,” said Scott Lane, Executive Chairman, The Red Flag Group. “These findings yield valuable insight for Chief Compliance Officers to help keep their departments and companies moving in the right direction.”

Additional findings from the Global Corporate Compliance & Ethics Data Survey included:

·         Forty-Two Percent of Execs Not Confident with IT Support: A plurality of Chief Compliance Officers reported that they are not confident in their IT department’s ability to support the compliance needs of their organization.

·         Asia Pacific Highest Geographical Region of Risk: Nearly half (49%) of executives believe that the Asia Pacific region poses the greatest compliance and ethics risks to their business operations in 2016.

·         Insufficient Staffing Greatest Impediment to Department Progress: The highest percentage of respondents (22%) reported insufficient staffing as the greatest impediment to their department’s progress.

About Consero

Founded in 2010, Consero Group is an international leader in creating sector-specific events for senior-level executives in industries that include: Legal, Compliance, Shared Services, Customer Experience, Finance, IT, HR and Procurement, among others. Based in Bethesda, Maryland, Consero is best known for transforming the executive experience through intimate, invitation-only programs in a sophisticated learning environment with high-level content. For more information on Consero, please visit

About The Red Flag Group

The Red Flag Group is The Compliance Firm® that helps companies turn compliance into a competitive advantage. Founded in 2006, the firm has offices and research centers in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Our professionals include former in-house counsels and compliance officers supplemented by a diverse team of forensic accountants and regulatory officials, all tasked with building innovative and cost-effective solutions for our clients.

As one of the world’s leading independent corporate governance and compliance firms, we provide thought leadership to major corporations worldwide and assist them in creating and maintaining customized and integrated compliance solutions that add value to their business.

We co-develop our solutions with our clients, focusing on implementing best-in-class risk mitigation practices that align with their strategic goals. Our suite of services comprise tailored project advisory, due diligence covering more than 190 countries and technology solutions, including our proprietary ComplianceDesktop® Technology Platform, which allows compliance professionals to easily track, manage, and monitor their global compliance programs amid the ever-changing regulatory landscape.

For more information, contact us


The Red Flag Group Launches New Features and Enhancements for ComplianceDesktop (R) | Anti-Corruption Compliance Platform

Avoid Corruption through Comprehensive Gifts, Travel and Entertainment Technology.

PHOENIX, Oct. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Global integrity and compliance firm The Red Flag Group today releases new features and enhancements for its ComplianceDesktop® | Anti-Corruption Compliance Platform.

ComplianceDesktop® | Anti-Corruption Compliance Platform is a technology platform that helps users effectively manage their anti-corruption compliance programmes -- including identifying risks, undertaking screening, conducting due diligence, tracking payments to governments, and conducting continuous monitoring.

The highly publicised FIFA corruption scandal, where more than US$150 million was collected in alleged kickbacks by officials, demonstrates the need for companies to have a clear Gifts, Travel and Entertainment (GTE) policy in place so that employees know what is, and what is not, appropriate to provide for officials. Having a system for reporting GTE and a culture that encourages the use of it will help mitigate violations. If FIFA had had this type of continuous monitoring, it could have flagged up suspicious transactions as and when they happened -- avoiding serious legal and reputational repercussions on such a large and public scale.

The Red Flag Group is committed to providing best-in-class products that support their clients' compliance management requirements and they continuously enhance the products according to market needs. Therefore, the newest version of ComplianceDesktop® | Anti-Corruption Compliance Platform has the following key features to improve clients' compliance processes:

  • Manage GTE® declarations on mobile devices instantly
    Gifts, travel and entertainment declarations can now be submitted via a mobile device, with apps for Apple iOS and Android devices and a mobile platform. This keeps your compliance approval process moving even while you are away, and saves time by speeding up decisions.
  • Enhanced due diligence renewal process
    You can select to renew your due diligence request either automatically or manually based on predefined rules. This ensures continuous monitoring of your third parties based on your risk appetite and latest integrity risk developments.
  • Delegation of gifts, travel and entertainment approval tasks when you are out of the office
    Now you can assign someone to manage the approval process for gifts, travel and entertainment while you are out of the office.
  • Easy integration with other enterprise systems
    The new release contains two APIs (a user API and a third-party API) to enable your IT department to create your own specific integrations to connect with ComplianceDesktop®. Data between third parties and employees can be easily synchronised to improve data quality and save time.

'We have put together these new features to enhance the product and we have listened to client feedback to find out exactly what our clients want. We want to ensure that ComplianceDesktop® is the best technology in the market to support our clients to manage their compliance programmes. Now, with the new features and mobility of the application, clients can ensure their programmes are efficient and accommodating to those who are always on the road. There will be no excuses for not filing tasks according to the compliance requirements of the company,' said David Youngson, CEO of The Red Flag Group.

Executive Chairman Scott Lane said, 'The Red Flag Group commits to providing the best solution for our clients to support their compliance requirements. Therefore, we will continuously enhance our existing products with new features to improve the efficiency of our clients' compliance programmes. We are excited that the declaration feature is now available as a mobile application. There will be more features and functions available via mobile devices in the near future.'

To learn more about the new features and benefits of ComplianceDesktop® | Anti-Corruption Platform, please visit us at or contact us at


The Red Flag Group and Compliance Ventures, Inc Launch, the All-New Online Portal for Instant Access to the Integrawatch(R) Compliance Screening Database

PHOENIX, May 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Global integrity and compliance firm The Red Flag Group, together with its portfolio company Compliance Ventures, Inc, today releases the web-based subscription service for the IntegraWatch® Compliance Screening database. The website gives users the ability to subscribe to the IntegraWatch® database from anywhere in the world and from any device.

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The IntegraWatch® Compliance Screening database has been used by Global 2000 companies for many years as an essential screening solution as part of their FCPA and United Kingdom Bribery Act compliance programmes, supplier screening, and sanctions and export-control programmes.

The database of over 2.4 million profiles is updated daily by The Red Flag Group's team of experts, and includes information on companies and people and their integrity and compliance issues across 14 major risk areas. The profiles are researched and collected from the following sources:

  • international sanctions lists of over 100 governments
  • government watchlists and blacklists
  • lists of government-owned enterprises
  • lists of politically-exposed persons and key government employees engaged in purchasing equipment and services from the private sector
  • companies and people that are ComplianceChallenged® after being involved in integrity and compliance issues in any of 14 major risk areas, including corruption, bribery, price fixing, export-control breaches, data-privacy breaches and human-rights violations.

The Red Flag Group's CEO David Youngson said, "The IntegraWatch® database is now being offered as a subscription service through, in addition to our normal access through data feeds, APIs and our own ComplianceDesktop® | Anti-Corruption Compliance Platform. This will allow, for example, any company to quickly check whether a person or company that they are dealing with is sanctioned by their own or a foreign government, has been involved in previous compliance issues or is on a watchlist.

"Effective management of compliance and integrity risks is no longer just a concern of the largest companies -- there is now a growing need for risk management by companies of all sizes. The Red Flag Group and Compliance Ventures, Inc have teamed up to make compliance screening and prioritising third-party risks easier and more efficient for the broader market."

Scott Lane, Chairman of both The Red Flag Group and Compliance Ventures, Inc, said, "We're very proud to be introducing a subscription model to our key database which enables companies of any size to access essential information in a very easy way. It is becoming essential for companies to know who they are doing business with, and a subscription to gives customers efficiency as well as intelligence when doing those checks."

With a selection of subscription packages to suit all budgets, users can be in complete control of how they invest their resources. Online access is instant, and there are no necessary downloads or maintenance. To learn more, or to subscribe, visit

Notes to editors:

The Red Flag Group is a global integrity and compliance risk firm. It produces a unique set of advice, technology and business-intelligence applications to manage the integrity and compliance risks of its customers. The Red Flag Group is a leader in screening and due diligence across a range of industries in 180 countries.

For more information, visit

Compliance Ventures, Inc is an investment firm that invests in and builds businesses in the compliance industry. It invests in products and services that are designed to help chief compliance officers do their job better and allow smaller companies access to valuable integrity and compliance information without a hefty price tag.

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