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 Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. Deloitte works globally on assessing and auditing compliance with international principles for human rights. Dr Helena Barton (Partner) is a specialist in the field and leads the GNI assessments conducted by Deloitte with industry, country and subject matter specialists on the teams. Deloitte has approximately 286,000 professionals worldwide, delivering services in audit, risk management, tax, consulting, and financial advisory. Our global network of sustainability auditors and advisers ensures that we combine international experience with local knowledge to deliver valuable and relevant results to our clients.

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. 

Ernest & Young (EY) SL (Spain member firm of Ernst & Young Global) works to build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies all over the world over. EY SL outstanding leaders and multidisciplinary team combines experience in assurance, tax, transactions and advisory services with climate change and sustainability knowledge. EY offers tailored services supported by global methodologies to address issues relating to clients specific needs, whether its new regulatory requirements or rising stakeholder concerns. EY experts will identify opportunities for cost reduction and revenue generation and provide the right professionals to help clients reach their sustainability goals.

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’ purpose is to do the right thing, the right way and for the right reason.
With over 40 years’ experience in Law Enforcement and ICT sector, iTrust Ethics are experts on the management of communications data. They possess unparalleled knowledge and experience, derived from direct involvement in the operation of best practice governing access to communications data by government. They are trusted by the telecommunications sector, law enforcement and judiciary and are recognized experts on the access and retention regime for communications data in Ireland. The company are also active members of ETSI (European Telecommunications Standard Institute) which promotes global standards in ICT. iTrust Ethics are fully committed to the protection and promotion of human rights globally. The core ethos of their business is closely aligned to that of GNI Principles, specifically in placing a high value on freedom of expression, privacy and governance while demonstrating independence. With a vision to inspire business leaders to place ethics at the forefront of their decision making, iTrust Ethics are thought leaders in ethics by design.

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.