The Global Network Initiative (GNI) welcomes five new assessor organizations who are eligible to conduct assessments of member companies. These are: Ernst & Young (EY) Oy (Finland member firm of EY Global), Ernst & Young, S.L. (Spain member of EY), iTrust Ethics (Ireland), KPMG Asesores S.L. (the Spanish member firm of KPMG’s global network), and Osborne Clarke.

In addition, the following companies have been reaccredited as eligible assessors for the upcoming 2018/2019 assessment cycle: AJA Registrars Europe, Deloitte Statsautoriseret Revisionspartnerselskab, DNV GL, Foley Hoag LLP, KPMG AG (the Swiss member firm of KPMG’s global network), Moores Rowland (MRI), and SSP Blue.

GNI’s accreditation process verifies that individuals and organizations conducting GNI assessments are independent and have the expertise and experience needed to carry out this work. Accredited assessors must maintain independence from the companies they assess and adhere to the highest professional standards to conduct assessments. Independent assessors are therefore accredited by GNI following a thorough validation of their ability to assess member companies on their implementation of the GNI Principles of Freedom of Expression and Privacy. Assessors must demonstrate that they meet GNI’s independence and competency criteria and satisfy other reasonable requirements. GNI’s Executive Director reviews potential assessors and the GNI Board makes decisions on the accreditation of an organization.

“We are pleased with our extended pool of 12 assessors. Identifying assessors with the optimal qualifications to successfully conduct assessments of member companies is essential to the credibility of GNI’s assessment process,” said Judith Lichtenberg, GNI Executive Director.

To learn more about GNI assessors, click here.