compliance

The Humanitarian Side of Vendor Management

BDP International, a Trust Exchange customer, explains in a recent report how our platform is uniquely designed to monitor and investigate its vendors, partners and customers, ensuring all are compliant with international policies on anti-corruption and anti-trafficking.  The article, Special Report on: Human Rights, published by Ethisphere Institute, highlights the continuing issue of human rights violations around the world, and cites several organizations, including BDP, who are taking a proactive approach to addressing these challenges.   

"The private sector has an ability to positively combat [human rights] challenges through creating and enforcing proper policies, engaging with governments and NGOs focused on ending these abuses, and working together to ensure suppliers, partners and other stakeholders are aligned with similar goals," says Stephen Linssen, Chief Compliance Officer of Ethisphere.  "By its nature, exact data and metrics around forced labor and other abuses are hard to come by, but reports by the U.S. Department of State and Human Rights-focused NGOs estimate that more than 20 million people worldwide are forced to work against their will and without compensation."

So how exactly is Trust Exchange, a compliance/vendor management software, helping combat human rights violations, you ask?

By providing unique, real-time means for companies to investigate and monitor their business partners.  BDP is committed to ensuring that its organization, partners and vendors adhere strictly to anti-corruption and anti-human trafficking policies, and depends on Trust Exchange's customizable compliance platform to do just that.

"We rate partners through trust certificates benchmarked against best practices in the industry", says Catherine Muldoon, Chief Legal Officer of BDP International, Inc. in the article entitled "The Logistical Approach".  "[With G2Link] monitoring is automated consistent with the policy requirement we created. Thus, we maintain oversight in real time and are alerted as soon as behavior deviates from policy requirements."

BDP and Trust Exchange aren't alone in their commitment to combat human rights violations.  The co-author of "The Logistical Approach" is Caitlin Smith, who is completing a concentration in Business and Entrepreneurship Law at Drexel University.  

Read the whole thing:  A Special Report On:  Human Rights

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Tutorial Part 1: How to Build a Custom Compliance Dashboard

Here is the first of a series of tutorial videos we will be releasing over the coming weeks.  This video provides a general overview of our product and demonstrates how easy it is to build a dashboard and track companies.

It's never been easier to build a custom compliance dashboard.

Uploaded by Trust Exchange on 2017-03-31.

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#regtech: The Future of Compliance

I read an interesting article recently in FinRegAlert:  Fintech, Regtech and the Role of Compliance. In it the author points out the tension between the drive to adopt new financial technologies and complexity added by new regulatory requirements.   The article is a good summary of the information published by Thomson Reuteurs which can be dowloaded here. However, I do think it misses a key point in that the new regulatory requirements are an EXPONENTIAL increase in complexity which will never be fully addressed by incremental regtech. 

Exponential problems are difficult if not impossible to get under control and trying to solve these problems wtih linear solutions (more storage, processors or deploying more people etc.) is a fool's errand that can add unbounded cost.  The solution is exponential regtech!

Here at Trust Exchange we are working to solve these problems by bringing exponential technologies to the sharp edge of these challenges.  For instance, we are using crowdsourcing to solve the data collection problem inherent in most regulatory requirements.  Like Facebook collect information from the edge, compile it and present it in clear and actionable ways.  

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Disrupting B2B Information: Free the Data

As discussed in our earlier post about B2B Credit Middlemen, a powerful aspect of doing business on the Internet is the elimination of sales and distribution layers between the producer and consumer. In a typical non-Internet value chain there are many “value-added” steps in the process between the producer and consumer. Each step increases costs and reduces profit. 

Internet distribution models eliminate many of these steps by scaling distribution and eliminating sales complexity (e.g. Amazon, iTunes and Zappos). In this post, we will attempt to illustrate the value chain for the B2B credit industry and point out the false value provided by the credit industry middlemen: the credit bureaus.

Credit Bureaus

Credit bureaus estimate a company’s viability by aggregating data from other businesses for them to use in making new credit application decisions. Unlike banks and financial institutions, they DON’T ISSUE CREDIT. Businesses issue credit to each other and should be the real arbiters of worthiness.

Furthermore, this data is created by businesses, provided to the credit bureaus (for a fee of course), and then resold to other businesses. The never-ending fees keep people from using the service and in turn make the data less accurate, less timely and pretty useless. Who is a better judge of a company’s viability: a random call center operator or the people at companies who interact with each other?

Free the Data

The prevalent business model among these bureaus is to charge companies to ”establish” their profile, charge to view other companies’ profiles and charge to submit data regarding the quality of interactions they have with other companies. Charging to submit data is a disincentive to accuracy and keeps the largest population of companies (small businesses) from participating. If companies could freely exchange THEIR data, then there would be a more timely and probably more accurate way to determine creditworthiness.

The value of the data increases as the number of active users in the network increases. A sort of Metcalfe’s Law for social networks in practice. The data should be free!

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