New Benefit Helps Multinationals Gain Visibility into Intellectual Property (IP) Protection and Anti-Corruption Compliance Programs of Suppliers and Business Partners
Washington, DC – November 10, 2014 – The Center for Responsible Enterprise And Trade (CREATe.org), a non-governmental organization helping companies protect intellectual property and prevent corruption, and Ethisphere, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards for ethical business practices, announced today an expansion of their partnership to offer Supply Chain and Business Partner Benchmarking to members of the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA).
For multinational companies that want to share leading practices to prevent corruption, counterfeits, trade secret theft, piracy and other IP infringement with supply chain and business partners, CREATe.org is launching a special service – CREATe Leading Practices Self-Assessment with Improvement Essentials – that will be available at no cost to Ethisphere’s BELA members.
The 60- to 90-minute online assessment – available for IP protection or anti-corruption – is designed to use with a broad range of business partners to measure and improve the partners’ IP protection or anti-corruption program in key areas. The service:
- Benchmarks the processes of third parties against globally-recognized leading practices and against other companies
- Provides immediate access to guidance to begin improvements
- Includes three free resources for deeper insight into key areas of the improvement process
“Third parties are a major risk area for all companies and there is growing concern in the business community about the ability to monitor and manage the risks,” said Ethisphere’s Director of Engagement Services, Laara van Loben Sels. “Our members will receive great value from CREATe.org’s self-assessment tool which will allow them to gain insights into their supply chains, improve their programs and reduce overall risk.”
BELA members will have the opportunity at no cost to engage 10 suppliers, distributors, business partners or subsidiaries in the service. CREATe’s Self-Assessment is practical and cost-effective; actionable and measurable; and scalable with improvement essentials included.
The Self-Assessment is part of the broader CREATe Leading Practices service, which includes the Self-Assessment, an independent evaluation by a CREATe expert and a guided improvement program.
Ethisphere’s Business Ethics Leadership Alliance is a premier membership community that connects senior compliance practitioners with industry thought leaders, and provides comprehensive tools and resources needed to advance the dialogue and raise the bar for best practices in areas of corporate compliance, ethics and transparency. Membership enables companies to compare their programs against the World’s Most Ethical Companies®, provides access to Ethics Summits around the globe, peer-to-peer networking via local, global, industry-specific and virtual events, on-demand access to thought leadership content and webcasts, a corporate subscription to Ethisphere Magazine and more.
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The Ethisphere® Institute is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success. Ethisphere has deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character. Ethisphere honors superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical Companies® recognition program, provides a community of industry experts with the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA) and showcases trends and best practices in ethics with the Ethisphere Magazine. Ethisphere is also the leading provider of independent verification of corporate ethics and compliance programs that include: Ethics Inside® Certification, Compliance Leader Verification™ and Anti-Corruption Program Verification™. More information about Ethisphere can be found at: www.ethisphere.com.
About the Center for Responsible Enterprise And Trade (CREATe.org)
The Center for Responsible Enterprise And Trade (CREATe.org) is a non-governmental organization dedicated to helping companies and their suppliers and business partners reduce counterfeiting, piracy, trade secret theft and corruption. To achieve our objectives, we have developed CREATe Leading Practices for IP Protection and CREATe Leading Practices for Anti-Corruption, two services based on best practices drawn from companies around the world, academics, and other leading organizations. Our offering includes practical, scalable and cost-effective online assessments, independent evaluations, training and other resources designed to benchmark and improve practices for safeguarding IP and preventing corruption. Companies around the world are using CREATe Leading Practices to measure and improve systems for IP protection and anti-corruption. The service is available in Chinese, English, Portuguese and Spanish. For more information, please email info@CREATe.org or visit www.CREATe.org.
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