More than 500,000 reports done globally. Our risk based methodology is proven
We have a process and the technology to support it through task management and capacity planning.
IntegraWatch® | Compliance Screening database & LexisNexis is used in every report to check and double check sanctions
Utilising a combination of proprietary and external industry leading risk databases ensures we cast a “wide net” when searching for hits on sanctions and watchlists. The risk associated to you of us missing a watchlist/sanction list is immense.
Not only do we just check one of our sources for watchlists and sanctions lists, but also do a second layer check using a competitive system. its is important that we take these steps to manage your risks in dealing with sanctioned companies.
English and local language media research is always done on every report using extensive and proprietary methods
Focused research by expertly trained and experienced researchers in both English media and in local languages helps uncover risks that might otherwise go unreported. Our analysts and country experts will conduct highly-targeted English & local language media research, using Open Source Intelligence techniques.
Use a comprehensive research methodology, including different browsers and search engines:
Begin with local media sources
Move out to regional media sources
End with global sources in English and the local language
Cross-reference against English and local language findings
Determine the validity and reliability of the sources to reduce "hearsay" or "fake" information
Our analysts will also cross-reference findings with other sources such as litigation databases, reputational intelligence, questionnaires, and corporate registry information to determine if there are any bias or censored details, especially in jurisdictions where there is strong government censorship.
Litigation database check
Court records can reveal risks that may go unreported in media and compliance databases and are an important step in the research process. We are committed to the most detailed and insightful reporting possible. This is supplemented by court records, manual searches in courthouses and other proprietary databases.
Translate, where applicable, local language filings
Ascertain the number of legal cases involving the subject entity and/or key principals
Draft an overview of the legal case, noting the role of the subject entity/key principal
The jurisdiction(s), Plaintiff(s), Defendant(s) and Status/judgement
Get a report focused on what does the litigation mean to you. How can it relate to you and the business you are doing with this third party.
One of the most valuable sources of insight into the business reputation of companies and individuals is interviews with persons in the local business environment in a position to have an informed opinion of the subject(s). These persons may be local journalists, competitors, former employees, clients and government officials who regulate the subject company industry.
Identify the relevant in-house expert on: the country; the legal system; the industry; the local language
Use on-the-ground sources to research and identify potential sources
Obtain correct and relevant contact details of the sources
Conduct the enquiries in the local language where necessary
Collate, translate, analyse, and summarise the conversations into a succinct and relevant format.
Overall business reputation in the market
Allegations/ suggestions of bribery or corruption
Allegations/ suggestions of anti-competitive behaviour
Allegations/ suggestions of bid-rigging/ tender impropriety
Allegations/ suggestions of political connections (including relatives)
Discrepancies in the information obtained from other sources (such as corporate registry information)
Collecting compliance questionnaires from third parties is the easy first step in the compliance process. Thoroughly reviewing and analysing the questionnaire responses is the important next step needed to make the questionnaire process a meaningful compliance exercise. Our Research & Ratingsstaff review the questionnaire in two phases:
First review - analysis and identification of possible integrity or business risks in the information contained
Second review - during our research of the subject entity, and related key principals, we will try to determine if there are discrepancies contained within the questionnaire and the information we uncover during research
Our analysts will provide you a brief summary of any discrepancies or issues for easy review by the client.
Document review & interviews
A review of key policies and documentation and interviews of the subject company staff will provide a clear picture of the state of compliance within the target company. This can help assess the “tone from the top” so critical to effective compliance practices.
Our analysts will review the client-provided compliance documentation and measure these against global standards such as the ISO 37001.
Providing our summary, risk ratings and comparisons
The senior staff members of the Research & Ratings team will review all related documentation and research findings, before providing a summary of:
Any items which do not meet expected global compliance standards
Any items which do not meet expected regional and jurisdictional regulatory requirements
Whether or not the documentation helps to encourage a culture of compliance
Whether or not the documentation are simply paper policies.
Any items which do not meet the client's expectations.
A senior member of the Research & Ratings team, selected with regard to their country and industry expertise, as well as local language capability, will prepare a list of questions and conduct the interview. Get in touch for more details.
Quality assurance in every process
The Red Flag Group® is currently certified to ISO 9001:2015 standards.
These standards, which we have implemented across the firm, involve the following principles:
Engagement of people
Evidence-based decision making
Our products are developed to these standards and are continuously improved to provide the best due diligence service possible to our clients.
The Quality Assurance processes we have developed and implemented are all documented and follow The Red Flag Group’s® Quality Policy, which is part of the ISO 9001 Quality Manual, in ensuring that we meet our quality commitments, objectives and the direction for continual improvement.
Timeliness and accuracy at the core of our deliverables
Having timely and accurate integrity due diligence is essential to keeping your business running optimally. We know how important it is to be on time and we focus on it.
As a market leader in the business intelligence world, we were the first company to provide a 48-hour turnaround time for certain of our Pay-As-You-Go business intelligence reports, regardless of the country or day of the week it was ordered.
Initial research can be completed in 48 hours or less, however more robust examinations can take 8-10 days depending on the scope.
Our global Research & Ratings experts always ensure that you receive comprehensive, factual and accurate results within a reasonable amount time. This allows you to make the right decision for your business about a prospective third party or an M&A opportunity.
on time delivery rate
of our reports are delivered early