GNI Independence and Competency Criteria for Assessors

From May 24, 2017, until June 14, 2017, the Global Network Initiative is accepting applications from organizations interested in becoming accredited assessors in support of the GNI Independent Company Assessments.

The work of the GNI is based on a set of Principles on Freedom of Expression and Privacy for the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector and corresponding Implementation Guidelines. These commitments were developed and reviewed through multi-stakeholder processes, and are based on international human rights standards and consistent with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Companies, civil society organizations, investors and academics are members of GNI. All member organizations commit to upholding GNI’s principles, but companies play a particular role through their commitment to implementing the Principles within their organization.

GNI’s work around the Principles incorporates an independent assessment process to verify whether the companies are meeting their commitments. A step-by-step guide to the assessments can be found here, and the public report on the 2015/16 GNI assessments is here.

Independent assessors must be accredited by GNI before being chosen to perform an independent assessment. Following the addition of seven new telecommunications companies and the completion of the 2015/16 assessments, GNI is seeking to expand our pool of accredited assessors.

The current accredited assessors are: AJA Registrars Europe, Deloitte, DNV GL , Ernst & Young LLP (US member Firm of Ernst & Young global), Foley Hoag, KPMG, Moores Rowland (MRI), and SSP Blue.

For details of the independence and competency requirements for assessors, please see the attached criteria. To apply, please send a letter to [email protected] detailing your organization’s interest and information demonstrating you meet the above criteria, as well as the CV’s of particular individuals within your organization that would be involved in assessments.