File attached: GNI Independence and Competency Criteria for Assessors

Applications will be accepted from November 21, 2014 until January 9, 2015 from organizations interested in becoming accredited assessors for the Global Network Initiative (GNI).

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, developed through a multi-stakeholder process, 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 uphold GNI’s Principles, but companies play a particular role through their commitment to implement 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, and shared policy and learning work on freedom of expression and privacy issues around the world.

The current accredited assessors are: Deloitte, Foley Hoag, KPMG, PWC and SSP Blue. GNI aims to double the number of accredited assessors.

For details of the independence and competency requirements for assessors, please see the attached criteria. For more information about the process of becoming an accredited assessor, please contact GNI at info@globalnetworkinitiative.org.

To submit your application please send a letter to the email address listed above detailing your organization’s interest and credentials, as well as the CV’s of particular individuals within your organization that would be involved in the assessments if you were to become accredited.