Companies participating in GNI are independently assessed every two years on their progress in implementing the GNI Principles.
The purpose of the assessment is to enable the GNI Board to determine whether each member company is “making good faith efforts to implement the GNI Principles with improvement over time.”
Independent assessment includes both a company Process Review and a review of specific Case Studies:
- The Process Review examines a company’s systems, policies, and procedures to implement the GNI Principles.
- The Case Studies assess a number of specific cases for each company in order to show whether and how the company implemented the GNI Principles in practice.
The GNI assessment process is confidential. This allows GNI’s multistakeholder Board to review sensitive case studies of government requests from countries around the world, and for these to be discussed in detail within its forum. To preserve confidentiality, cases presented in public assessment reports are aggregated, and most are anonymized.