The sanctions landscape has undergone a swift change since February 21st. as world leaders acted with unprecedented speed and resolve to the invasion of Ukraine. As the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) noted recently, the invasion “… galvanized a united response from U.S. partners around the world. The European Union, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan have all announced their own sanctions and export controls.” As the list of sanctions continues to expand, organizations face a serious risk management challenge
Sanctions due diligence has always been an integral component of risk management, most visibly among financial services organizations. But reliance on complex supply chains and other third-party networks increases exposure to companies across many industries, -making sanctions compliance more essential than ever.
Sanctions casting a wide net
How can organizations mitigate potential financial and reputational risks of compliance failures when the list of sanctions, specially designated nationals (SDNs), and politically exposed persons (PEPs) is rapidly changing? In addition to monitoring for new economic and trade sanctions at a country level, organizations need to screen for entities which may include companies and individuals.
Reinforce your due diligence with comprehensive data access. It’s not just sanctions, PEPs and watchlists that matter. To help support an enhanced due diligence process, you should also consider beneficial ownership and checks for negative news information. Using multiple sources and a broad data set to research companies ensures informed decision-making in a situation where sanctioning bodies are adding affected entities quickly.
Implement continuous sanctions monitoring. Obviously, this is a fluid situation. You can’t just check the box and move on. As countries continue to expand sanctions, companies need to stay on top of changes. Alerts and ongoing monitoring surfaces new sanctions announcements, making it easier to quickly see red flags and respond proactively.