Governance & Assurance
Due diligence and vetting
Start Network Member Due Diligence
All organisations admitted to the Start Network membership go through a robust due diligence process. This process ensures that our members have in place suitable policies, procedures and controls based on internationally agreed standards that meet the requirements of Start Network membership and donor policies. This includes assessment of potential risks across key areas of organisational management, such as governance and financial stability, safeguarding approach to the needs of staff and communities, our member organisations work for, as well as the ability to prevent all forms of fraud, bribery, corruption and terrorism financing. This process is repeated every three years, to ensure that organisations still meet the required standards.
Tiered Due Diligence of Prospective Members
The membership of the Start Network is currently predominantly composed of international humanitarian organisations. With its commitment to localisation, the Network envisions to take in more local and national organisations into the membership, fundamentally altering its existing membership profile. As a critical step toward opening up the membership, the Network needs to re-imagine its due diligence framework.
The Start Network’s current due diligence process is quite robust, but this also acts as a barrier to entry for ‘smaller’ organisations. To enable the Start Network to bring in more local organisations as members, we are developing a tiered due diligence framework, moving away from a ‘pass/fail’ model in favour of a more ‘risk-based’ tiered membership model. Through this new due diligence framework, members will gain access to varying portfolios of Start Network products and services depending on their tier. We are currently piloting a new framework this year with 10 new local and national members.
The tiered due diligence framework is also able to determine the key strengths and areas of improvement of an organisation that undergoes assessment through its unique scoring model. This will allow Start to provide highly-bespoke recommendations to its members that enable them to address key bottlenecks preventing them to progress through the tiers.
The tiered due diligence system is planned to be digitised into an online platform that can serve as the central database for all compliance information submitted by its members. This opens up the opportunity for the compliance capacity of our members to be reflected in 'real-time' and for progress to be tracked over time.