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Our research and ratings experts have been rigorously trained and specialise in particular regions, countries and industries, making them subject matter experts in their fields.

We seek to add value to your business by ensuring that you obtain the maximum business insights from our experts, with their findings and tailored advice helping you improve your integrity profile. 

Expert advice across all industries and countries on what the risks identified mean to you.

Our P-A-Y-G due diligence report, known as IntegraCheck®, provides knowledge, insight and advice. Based on your specific risk appetite, it helps you make better, more informed business decisions.

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Data and intelligence that allows you to run risk-based background checks

Access our proprietary research, ratings and intelligence on companies and people across 194 countries.

Research, data and intelligence that gives you ad hoc access to due diligence checks. This allows you to meet your compliance, business, or legal due diligence requirements on a ‘Pay-As-You-Go’ basis.

Feel confident in the information we provide because we have a team of compliance experts on the ground in countries around the world. They know how to research compliance issues and how to provide clients with intelligence and advice on who they are doing business with.

If you are looking to make better decisions about:

  • Supplier onboarding

  • Channel partner onboarding

  • Partnerships with an organisation or person

  • Acquiring a company

Our Ratings System

IntegraRating® is our 10-point proprietary risk rating system. It enables you to make faster and better decisions on your business partners and can be customised to your risk exposure and appetite.

Each section is measured on a risk scale 0-10 with points removed for an issued identified. The sections are combined to arrive at a final risk score for the business partner. Access to our full list of scopes.

Contact us to get a due diligence report sample. Our due diligence reports are more than just a compilation of media articles, watch list hits, questionnaire or interview responses.  Our team of experts critically review and analyse each article, watch list hit, questionnaire or interview response and explain what it means to you. 

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Our task management and capacity planning are supported by technology and efficient processes to ensure timely delivery of business intelligence reports.

IntegraWatch® | Compliance Screening database & LexisNexis

Utilising a combination of proprietary and global external industry-leading risk databases, we understand the importance of checking against the latest sanctions, blacklists and watchlists on your behalf. 

With lists continuously being updated around the world by governments and the United Nations, our analysts also conduct additional research and cross-referencing to help you manage risks associated with sanctioned companies and individuals.


Multilingual

Multilingual

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:

Comprehensive Research

Comprehensive Research

  • 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.


Comprehensive Database

Comprehensive Database

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.

Our analysts:

  • 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.


Reputational intelligence

Interviews

Interviews

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.

Focused on:

  • 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)


Analysis

Analysis

Questionnaire analysis

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.


Standards Review

Standards Review

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.


Summary Review

Summary Review

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:

  1. Customer focus

  2. Leadership

  3. Engagement of people

  4. Process approach

  5. Improvement

  6. Evidence-based decision making

  7. Relationship management

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. 

98.5%

on time delivery rate

18%

of our reports are delivered early


Our Due Diligence reports are ready-made scopes and fixed priced

Standard scoped reports are available for purchase on a Pay-As-You-Go basis.

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Access quality research and analysis depth

Access the Pay-As-You-Go due diligence reports that add value to your business by ensuring that you receive the best advice possible to help you make decisions around your counterparties.

These reports are different from a competitor's because we work with you, giving you assistance, direction and advice. Request a Sample

How we compare: 

  • No outsourcing. The work to compile and write our reports is not outsourced, our teams work in-house.

  • Written by experts. Our reports are written by trained experts, not computers nor unqualified freelancers. The commitment to our clients sets us apart in terms of depth of research and the analysis and reporting. 

  • Quality. Our quality is higher than any competitor, this is our value. We add value in our research and analysis to provide additional value to our customers.

  • Risk ratings. Adding risk ratings to our reports to allow for ease of reading, categorisation and review. The ratings system is proprietary and shared only with clients. Want to become a client?

  • Risk tolerance. Client's tolerance for risk is considered when building our reports. Clients may have different approaches to risk and we consider this as core part of our analysis. 


Data

Data

Our difference: Risk ratings mean quick reading and quick advice

To help you make efficient and effective business decisions we provide an overall risk rating for a target company or individual as identified through our research. These are set on a 10 point scale and we share the methodology in our report.


Insights

Insights

Our reports are created specifically for your company. Reports share exactly what you need to know and recommend detailed next steps for remediation concerning the third party in that specific country or location.


Analysis

Analysis

Get analysis of past and current events in a specific country, we provide analysis taking into account the general business environment to evaluate the potential impact of identified risks on your business. We then arm you with the information you need to make informed business decisions.


Advice

Advice

With over twelve years of experience building our extensive compliance, country, and industry knowledge, we offer invaluable insight tailored to your business needs, giving you a clear picture of how a specific third party business or individuals may affect your business. Request a Sample


An in-house team of experts working with you is what sets us apart from competitors

Our research and ratings analysts have been rigorously trained and specialised in particular regions, countries, and industries making them subject matter experts in their fields.  They are what makes this Firm, not a piece of technology. 

Before research begins, we work closely with your team to ensure that we understand your business and compliance priorities, as well as your risk tolerance. 

Subject matter experts: 194 countries and 45 languages

Comprised of over 300 qualified professionals, our team has extensive local knowledge in 194 countries and expertise in 45 languages.  

Most of our professionals possess master's degrees in law, accounting, taxation, auditing, economics, finance, commerce and business administration; while others have bachelor's degrees in political science, public policy, foreign policy, journalism, international relations and foreign languages. 

This enables us to conduct research and risks assessments using the most appropriate expertise in an applicable language in any jurisdiction around the world.  

Our experts come from some of the top universities around the world including:

  • University InterAmericana of Panama, Panama

  • University of the Philippines, Philippines

  • University of Auvergne, France

  • University of Mumbai, India

  • Yonsei University, South Korea

  • Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia

  • University of Oxford, United Kingdom

  • University of Louisville, United States

  • Kitasato University, Japan

  • University College London, United Kingdom

  • University of Jordan, Jordan

  • University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR

Research teams strategically located around the world

Our Research & Ratings team, conducts all research, analysis, and ratings are led and constantly mentored by trained attorneys with years of experience.  All teams are strategically distributed across our research centres around the world, with in-house local country knowledge and language expertise.

You have access to our experts at any time of the day from any part of the world. 

Unparalleled staff certifications and training

Our Research & Ratings analysts, associates, and senior associates receive the highest levels of continuing education in the industry.

We have among the highest percentages of Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE)-certified personnel in our industry. Apart from SCCE certifications, our Professional Services staff are certified by other industry groups such as:  

  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)

  • Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS)

  • CFA Institute (CFA)

  • Project Management Institute (PMP)

Our technology group commits to harnessing cutting-edge technology to deliver meaningful compliance solutions to our clients. We have more than 100 dedicated technology professionals on staff, ranging from developers and data analysts to experts in artificial intelligence and other areas of expertise.