Companies that wish to join the Business Integrity Forum are invited to attend a Forum meeting to observe it in action. When a company applies to join, a due diligence procedure is initiated designed to reassure TI-UK that the company’s overall ethos and policies are consistent with TI’s approach and values as well as the Forum’s Membership Principles.
The procedure is:
- Undertake a press and web search
- Examine the documents and statements on the company’s website
- Meet with the company to talk through the TI ABC checklist and any issues that have arisen during our research. In terms of information and documentation to prepare TI-UK for the meeting we ask to see any policies or procedures that are relevant to the points on the checklist – either weblinks or the documents themselves.
The background research and meeting are designed to give TI-UK a sufficient basis for assessing whether a prospective member meets the Forum’s membership principles. A recommendation is made to the Chair and Executive Director who ultimately make a decision. Contentious cases may require the approval of the full TI-UK board, and a company may be asked to wait for a certain period before being invited to join the Forum.
TI-UK’s procedure for dealing with corruption-related allegations about BIF members can be downloaded here.