A focus on directive 8: Ensuring trustworthy workforce through comprehensive screening

Directive 8 is a significant milestone in the annals of accountable institutions in South Africa, marking a decisive step towards instilling integrity in financial operations. This directive, issued by the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC), requires accountable institutions to apply enhanced scrutiny in various aspects of their operations. Key among these areas is ensuring that a trustworthy workforce is maintained through comprehensive sanctions and adverse media screening.


Screening Against Global Targeted Financial Sanctions

An integral part of this enhanced due diligence is the screening of employees against global targeted financial sanctions. These sanctions, usually put in place by organizations like the United Nations and countries’ respective financial authorities, target individuals and entities involved in financial crimes such as money laundering, terrorist financing, and corruption.

By screening against these sanctions, businesses can avoid potential fines and reputational damage that may result from maintaining relationships with sanctioned individuals or entities. It also aids in ensuring that organizations do not unwittingly contribute to financial crime, hence upholding their ethical standing.


Screening Against DPEP and FPEP Data Sources

Further bolstering the Directive 8’s objectives, screening against Domestic Politically Exposed Persons (DPEPs) and Foreign Politically Exposed Persons (FPEPs) data sources is mandated. These categories represent individuals holding prominent public functions, either domestically or internationally, making them potentially higher risk for involvement in financial crime due to their position of influence.

Understanding the risk profile of the employee relationship through DPEP and FPEP screening can help institutions mitigate potential risks associated with bribery, corruption, or undue influence. This increased awareness can prevent potential legal pitfalls and uphold the institution’s integrity and reputation.


The Importance of Adverse Media Screening

Another vital aspect of Directive 8 is adverse media or negative news screening. This practice involves monitoring various media sources for negative news associated with potential or existing employees, clients, or partners.

Adverse media screening provides insights into possible red flags that may not appear in traditional background checks. This includes allegations of financial crime, links to corruption, or any other activities that might harm the reputation of the institution. Thus, adverse media screening serves as an additional layer of protection, aiding accountable institutions in maintaining a workforce that aligns with their ethical standards and legal obligations.


When to screen?

Comprehensive sanctions and adverse media screening are not one-time actions. Directive 8 emphasizes the necessity for these processes to be ongoing. While initial screening during onboarding is critical, continuing the process throughout the employee’s tenure is equally important.

This ongoing scrutiny ensures that any changes in an employee’s status or behavior that could potentially impact the institution are promptly detected. It reflects the dynamic nature of risk associated with individuals and the necessity to regularly update the institution’s understanding of these risks.

In conclusion, the implementation of Directive 8 by the Financial Intelligence Centre highlights the importance of comprehensive screening procedures to ensure a trustworthy workforce. By following these stringent guidelines, accountable institutions can significantly reduce their risk exposure and improve their operational integrity. This directive underscores the importance of evolving best practices in mitigating financial crimes, strengthening the trust in South Africa’s financial system, and maintaining its global standing.


How RiskSecure can help

RiskSecure is a comprehensive solution designed to assist accountable institutions in ensuring a trustworthy workforce, aligned with the requirements of Directive 8 by the Financial Intelligence Centre of South Africa.

  1. Global Sanctions Screening: RiskSecure offers robust and automated screening against global targeted financial sanctions lists. This tool cross-references potential or current employees’ data with international sanctions lists to alert institutions to potential risks.
  2. DPEP and FPEP Screening: This feature allows institutions to identify and manage risks associated with Domestic and Foreign Politically Exposed Persons. RiskSecure uses a global database of DPEPs and FPEPs for reliable and comprehensive coverage.

  3. Adverse Media Screening: RiskSecure’s innovative technology leverages AI to screen thousands of global media sources effectively and efficiently for negative news concerning potential or existing employees, thus providing insights into potential risks.

  4. Ongoing Monitoring: RiskSecure conducts regular checks and updates to keep up with the dynamic nature of financial risks. Any changes in the status of employees that could potentially pose a risk to the institution are promptly flagged and reported

  5. Risk Profiling: RiskSecure provides a comprehensive risk profile for each employee, allowing institutions to understand and manage their risk exposure better.

  6. Easy Integration: RiskSecure can be seamlessly integrated with existing HR and risk management systems, allowing for streamlined operation and minimal disruption to existing processes.

  7. Customizable Alerts: With RiskSecure, organizations can customize the alert levels based on their risk tolerance, ensuring that they receive the most relevant and critical information.

  8. Detailed Reporting: RiskSecure provides detailed and clear reports about the employees’ screening results. These reports can be customized to suit the organization’s needs and can be easily exported for audit purposes.

  9. Data Privacy Compliance: RiskSecure is designed with the highest standards of data privacy and security in mind, ensuring compliance with GDPR, POPI and other relevant regulations.

  10. User-Friendly Interface: RiskSecure boasts an intuitive and user-friendly interface, enabling institutions to manage their screening processes easily and efficiently.

RiskSecure is a comprehensive solution designed to assist accountable institutions in ensuring a trustworthy workforce, aligned with the requirements of Directive 8 by the Financial Intelligence Centre of South Africa.