LET'S KEEP IT SIMPLE.
IF YOU'VE GOT PEOPLE
YOU'VE GOT A PROBLEM.
People are capable of remarkable things, but we’re also fallible. It’s a simple truth that’s never been so clearly visible in our organisations—international businesses, global humanitarian organisations, financial institutions and governing bodies. So much has been accomplished, yet scandal after scandal, failure after failure, has corroded public trust and good will to breaking point while causing untold human, economic and environmental harm.
The sad thing is that the vast majority of damaging behaviour in organisations is entirely predictable and almost entirely preventable, if only we can get ahead of the game and insist on a proactive and realistic response from those at the controls.
OSACO Group is a global network of specialists in compliance, governance, safeguarding and workplace investigations. The uniting factor across all of our work is what we refer to as HUMAN RISK FACTORS—put simply, what can go wrong in organisations when people go wrong; how to anticipate it and build an effective, proactive approach to tackling it.
From fraud, corruption and financial crime, to sexual exploitation, abuse and safeguarding failures, to abuse of authority and position, to gross neglect or sheer incompetence, wherever and whenver it occurs, OSACO Group are committed to helping organisations of all kinds to anticipate and combat unacceptable conduct by those who work within them and on their behalf.
We’d go as far as saying that in a time of unprecedented global uncertainty and political flux, the integrity and trustworthiness of our businesses, financial establishments, humanitarian organisations, government machinery and even our sports institutions has never mattered more.
We have to do better and we can do better.
That’s our belief, our passion.
That’s why we’re here.
THE OSACO GROUP OF COMPANIES
OSACO Humanitarian draws on a global network of expert investigators and consultants with decades of experience in investigating and tackling damaging staff behaviour in the aid and development sector.
We work with UN agencies, INGOs and intergovernmental agencies of all sizes around the world, delivering high-quality investigations, supporting in-house investigations teams and helping organisations develop a robust, proactive response to unacceptable staff conduct.
SPECIALIST HUMANITARIAN SECTOR INVESTIGATIONS
- safeguarding — sexual exploitation & abuse (SEA), sexual harassment, workplace harassment
- fraud & financial misconduct
- bribery, corruption & abuses of authority
RESILIENCE & CAPABILITY BUILDING
- investigative resourcing & support
- aid sector investigations training
- process & documentation development
- risk assessments & resilience planning
OSACO Financial is a firm of internationally recognised financial crime prevention, Know You Client (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) experts with extensive experience across major financial centres in Europe and the Far East, including London, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
We are committed to helping financial organisations work more effectively, with greater transparency and a demonstrable integrity that boosts trust—the ultimate currency in business.
FINANCIAL SERVICES COMPLIANCE & OVERSIGHT EXPERTISE
- anti-money laundering (AML)
- financial crime prevention
- know your client (KYC)
- transaction monitoring
- strategic consultancy
- third-party audit
- internationally-recognised certified compliance qualifications (ICA)
- in-house compliance function development
OSACO Partners are a global network of specialists in compliance, governance, safeguarding and anti-corruption.
We bring an extensive tool kit of experience, expertise and good practice for clean business, allowing organisations of all kinds—commercial, finance, public service and sports—to anticipate unacceptable staff behaviour and tackle it with an effective, proactive response.
- anti-corruption measures
- anti-financial crime measures
- capability development: training & resourcing
- anti-corruption programmes & implementation
ACCREDITATION & COMPLIANCE
- ISO 19600 (compliance) & 37001 (anti-bribery)
- compliance gaps analysis & reporting
- training & mentoring
- support resources to regulation & oversight bodies
- workplace investigations
- advisory services
- organisational review
- resilience measures
“IT MAY HELP TO UNDERSTAND HUMAN AFFAIRS TO BE CLEAR THAT MOST OF THE GREAT TRIUMPHS AND TRAGEDIES OF HISTORY ARE CAUSED, NOT BY PEOPLE BEING FUNDAMENTALLY GOOD OR FUNDAMENTALLY BAD, BUT BY PEOPLE BEING FUNDAMENTALLY PEOPLE.” – NEIL GAIMAN
THINGS WE BELIEVE
DO NO HARM. We believe that the laws of unintended consequences should be central in the minds of all organisations regardless of their purpose or business
IT’S MOSTLY PREDICTABLE. We believe that the vast majority of human wrong-doing within organisations, or perpetrated against them, is predictable and can be greatly reduced through good foresight, planning, control and monitoring
WE HAVE TO DO BETTER. We believe that the costs of human integrity failures within organisations are not just financial; they cause massive reputation damage and very often incalculable human suffering and misery
WE CAN DO BETTER. We believe that with the right commitment from leaders and stakeholders, organisations can develop their capacity for anticipating and handling human fallibility
WRONG QUESTION. We believe that it’s not a matter of ‘can we afford to address these problems?’ but ‘can we afford NOT to?’
SYSTEMS ALONE WON’T CUT IT. We believe that administrative and technical measures alone (procedures, policies, contracts, channels, hotlines etc.) are insufficient for tackling human fallibility and are no replacement for inspired cultural change, personal supervision, coaching and pastoral care.
A DUTY OF CARE. We believe that organisations have a responsibility to ensure staff are adequately equipped to deal with the exposures, pressures and temptations inherent in their working environment
WE HAVE A PROBLEM, SO LET’S ADMIT IT. We believe that any organisation employing significant numbers of people has, is or will experience damaging staff misconduct, whether or not it is acknowledged and addressed
BE TRANSPARENT. We believe that we have to address the cultures and mindsets of resistance—stigmas, fears and self-preservation—that stop misconduct being reported transparently upwards and addressed in all directions
IT PAYS TO PAY FOR RISK UP FRONT. We believe that failing to address risk in advance, and then clearing up the mess afterwards, is far more painful—in monetary terms and often in human cost
WE CAN’T LOSE FAITH. We believe that a loss of faith in our institutions, structures, accountability and justice is a highly corrosive and damaging force in society; we have to win back trust in good process, step by step