As a service provider, can your customers depend on your systems, procedures and controls to offer the quality of the services they require and expect?
How confident are you that you’re truly respecting the privacy and compliance concerns of your customers? Can you prove you’re doing the right things and doing things right; that you’re delivering services in a controlled and compliant way? Can those providing services to you say the same? Are you comfortable that your service providers’ controls and compliance efforts are adequate?
That’s what third-party assurance is all about. A third-party assurance report offers an independent, transparent view on controls and compliance-related matters to help ensure the quality of delivered services.
Poor contract management can result in crisis and loss of reputation. Conversely, by managing third-party relationships well, you can generate real cost savings and competitive advantage.
We have extensive experience in helping service organisations report on their controls or contract compliance and helping many enterprises assure that contract terms are being met as expected.
We can work with you to determine the most appropriate third-party assurance solution for your organisation: type I or type II ISAE 3402 (formerly SAS 70) or another report/attestation, such as listsd below.
Once the most suitable assurance approach has been identified for your organisation, we can accompany you along every step of the process, from defining the roadmap to producing and delivering the report. That includes preparing you for the attestation audit and providing training and support. If controls fall short, we can help you improve them and make sure they’re adequate. We can also carry out the actual review in order to provide a valuable, trustworthy audit opinion.
If your organisation is dependent on service providers, but you’re not sure about their controls, we can work with you both to get the assurance you need, discover if there are issues and find appropriate solutions.
Our experience spans all major industry sectors, including financial services, logistics, asset management, pension and fund administration, group insurance and IT service providers. We take a highly flexible approach to helping you provide or get the right assurance for you. We can also help you improve your control environment and avoid typical pitfalls.
We can help you assess whether suppliers are delivering in line with contractual agreements. We can analyse your contract landscape to identify contracts with the highest risk of value erosion and perform a detailed contract review to discover anomalies, calling on our extensive data analytics capabilities where required.
We assess the value of the services you pay for so you can be sure they’re adding the expected value to your organisation.
We can also help you renegotiate or draw up new arrangements and make sure you’re developing optimal supplier relationships from the outset.