Independent Assessors

Only organizations accredited by GNI’s multi-stakeholder Board are eligible to conduct assessments of member companies. Accredited assessors must meet GNI’s publicly available independence and competency criteria. To apply, please send a letter of interest to GNI Executive Director Judith Lichtenberg, judith@globalnetworkinitiative.org, 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.

Current accredited assessors:

AJA Registrars Europe, independent certification body, has been operating since 2005. Part of the AJA Europe Group, a network of more than 20 branches worldwide, AJA Registrars Europe works to provide transparent and accountable auditing services and certification, delivered by its team of highly experienced and qualified professionals. Besides the certification against international standards, AJA Registrars Europe is constantly engaged in the development of new certification standards, designed and modulated for the economic and legislative context of several countries.

Deloitte Statsautoriseret Revisionspartnerselskab is the Denmark member firm of DeloitteTouche Tohmatsu Limited. Deloitte works globally on assessing and auditing compliance with international principles for human rights. Deloitte partner Dr Helena Barton is a specialist in the field and will lead on GNI assessments by Deloitte. Deloitte has in the region of 225,000 professionals at member firms delivering services in audit, risk management, tax, consulting, and financial advisory in more than 150 countries. Revenues for fiscal year 2015 were US$35.2 billion.

DNV GL helps businesses manage risk and assure the performance of their organizations, products, people, facilities and supply chains through certification, verification, assurance and training services. With assessment at the core of our business, we combine technical, digital and industry expertise to empower companies’ decisions and actions. Partnering with our customers, we build sustainable business performance and create stakeholder trust across all types of industries. With origins stretching back to 1864 and operations in more than 100 countries, our experts are dedicated to helping customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.

Ernst & Young (EY) Oy (Finland member firm of Ernst & Young Global) is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services with climate change and sustainability knowledge and experience. EY works to build trust in the capital markets around the world. EY’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services serve governments and organizations around the world increasingly focusing on the environmental, social and economic impacts of climate change and the drive for sustainability. EY’s tailored services offer support and advice on regulatory requirements and rising stakeholder concerns, while tapping on opportunities for cost reduction and revenue generation. 

Foley Hoag LLP is a law firm with a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practice that has developed a comprehensive understanding of the human rights challenges facing the ICT sector. The firm currently advises several leading Internet firms on human rights and legal compliance issues and has developed a human rights guide for early-stage technology companies in collaboration with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Members of Foley Hoag’s assessment team are also members of the firm’s Security and Privacy Practice Group, which is a market leader in developing privacy, safety, and security standards for users and providers of IT services and in helping companies respond to information security incidents.

iTrust Ethics Ltd is an Irish owned company providing specialist advice on the management of communications data. Their background is in the ICT sector and law enforcement providing independent assurance reviews to the ICT sector on the management of risk arising from the retention, security, disclosure and destruction of communications data, and on compliance with complex regulatory requirements about these matters. The company’s team is uniquely placed to provide these services with an unparalleled range of knowledge, expertise, and experience derived from first-hand and in-depth involvement over many years in the operation of statutory frameworks governing communications data retention and access in Ireland.

As recognized experts interacting closely with oversight bodies, they regularly provide evidence in the Irish courts. iTrust Ethics has the competence and know how to identify, examine and assess the systems, policies, and procedures that are in place within companies to implement the GNI Principles.

iTrust Ethics believes business leaders play a central role in cultivating ethical attitudes and behaviors that contribute to the overall health of their business and of society as a whole. Their services support the cultivation of those attitudes and behaviors in the sphere of management of communications data.

KPMG Asesores S.L. is a 100 percent directly owned subsidiary of KPMG, S.A, the Spanish member firm of KPMG’s global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory Services. The global KPMG network consists of approximately 200,000 employees working in 154 countries and territories. Privacy, data protection, sustainability, corporate responsibility and compliance are key areas for which KPMG provides advice and assessments to clients around the world. KPMG Asesores S.L. core team has a multidisciplinary background, combining in-depth ICT-sector knowledge with relevant subject matter expertise. KPMG Asesores S.L., is committed to providing insights and critical feedback in order to further improve its ambitions to respect freedom of expression and privacy rights in its interactions with customers, governments and society.

KPMG AG is a 100 percent directly owned subsidiary of KPMG Holding AG, the Swiss member firm of KPMG’s global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory Services. The global KPMG network consists of approximately 200,000 employees working in 154 countries and territories. Privacy, data protection, sustainability, corporate responsibility and compliance are key areas for which KPMG provides advice and assessments to clients around the world. KPMG AG is an accredited assessor since the very first independent GNI assessments were performed in 2011 and has been part of the evolving assessment process. KPMG AG’s core team has a multidisciplinary background, combining in-depth ICT-sector knowledge with relevant subject matter expertise. The team draws from extensive experience in independently and efficiently assessing a company’s efforts to implement the GNI Principles. KPMG AG enhances a GNI member’s credibility by providing insights and critical feedback in order to further improve its ambitions to respect freedom of expression and privacy rights in its interactions with customers, governments and society.

Moores Rowland (MRI)  is a highly respected provider of a full range of financial services with offices in Jakarta and Bali, Indonesia. MRI is mindful of its social responsibilities, utilizing its audit, accounting, tax and legal expertise on projects in the international donor, development agency, and NGO services sectors. Promoting ethical and sustainable business practices, MRI has extensive experience in conducting assurance activities on sustainability reports of major companies, as well as focused humans rights audits and impact assessments in Indonesia and elsewhere in Asia. A pioneer in human rights assessment practice, MRI has partnered with such human rights luminaries as Marzuki Darusman and Makarim Wibisono to further advance its award-winning human rights indicators, and supports the work of the Foundation for International Human Rights Reporting Standards (FIHRRST). A member of Praxity AISBL, the world’s largest alliance of independent audit, consultancy and certification companies, MRI shares the same high level of moral and professional standards as its fellow global practitioners.

Osborne Clarke is an international law firm with offices across Asia, Europe, and North America. We take a sector-based approach to all our work, which means that we have and maintain sector-focused teams, of which the digital business sector (encompassing telecommunications) is the largest and most well-established sector in the firm. We have considerable expertise advising on digital rights, freedom of expression and privacy, particularly in the telecommunications sector, especially in relation to the approach taken by Law Enforcements Authorizations to request access to data and the need to balance this against the fundamental freedoms of expression and privacy. We also have considerable experience assessing client compliance systems and advising clients on compliance matters, policies, procedures, and systems to establish and maintain a strong compliance structure and culture.

SSP Blue has extensive experience providing clients with strategic business consulting in the safety, security, and privacy (SSP) arena. Founded in 2010 by Hemanshu Nigam, SSP Blue was retained by GNI to help build the assessment template for the Phase III assessments. A former federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice, Nigam participated in building the criminal compliance programs at Microsoft and MySpace and currently helps online companies when building such programs at the national and international levels. Nigam has also served as an appointed independent examiner on a safety and privacy matter related to a social media company, and has several years of hands-on experience with such assessments.