Assessors must demonstrate that they meet GNI’s Independence and Competence Criteria
Independence of Assessors: Assessors must be independent of the companies they assess. This means – among other things – that they must comply with a gifts policy, limit compensation to usual and customary fees and expenses, and complete and sign a disclosure form. The assessor organization must confirm the absence of certain factors that may impact their independence toward the companies they will assess, such as non-disclosure agreements, or legal or commercial constraints resulting from prior ongoing GNI-related work that may restrict its ability or willingness to conduct a comprehensive assessment and fully report its findings to the GNI Board.
Following the completion of an assessment, any individual or team selected to conduct an assessment will commit to being barred from seeking or accepting employment with the company assessed or undertaking any GNI-related advisory or assessment work for the company it has assessed for a period of 12 months. Finally, there are disqualifying factors that would impair the independence of an assessor, as well as factors requiring further consideration, which must be disclosed.
Competence of Assessors: Assessors must be competent by adhering to the highest professional standards in their work, grounded in the fundamental principles of integrity, objectivity, confidentiality, and professionalism. Competency requirements include subject matter expertise as well as skills and experience in human rights compliance and assessments or assurance. Assessors must also demonstrate administrative, physical, and technical measures to protect the confidentiality of information. See Section 5 of the GNI Governance Charter for more information on the accreditation process of assessors. See list of GNI accredited assessors.
GNI published the names of the assessors used during the 2018/2019 assessment cycle in the public assessment report.