Business in the era of big data has brought about transformative moves in pinpointing inefficiencies and solving issues. But what if it could also make doing business more secure?
Project BrewRIGHT is making waves in the fight against corruption, fraud and money laundering. This innovative in-house tool uses data analytics and risk scoring to help identify patterns in everyday transactions that may require more investigation or oversight.
Risk scoring has long been used in the financial services and banking industries as a way to monitor transactions and communications (as anyone who has had their credit card declined on a foreign vacation may know from experience). In the realm of consumer goods, though, its use can be seen as trailblazing. “It’s a bold approach that’s unparalleled in our market,” says Matthew Galvin, Global Director of Legal and Compliance.
So what does the process involve? Each transaction is scored on a points basis, with specific “at-risk” criteria being taken into consideration. Each of these attributes can add weight and increased oversight to each transaction. For example, a request for a rush payment may be seen as objectively risky: Through the use of the data analytics provided by Project BrewRIGHT, factors such as a known high-risk vendors with political ties making a request for a rush payment can be properly assessed and investigated with unprecedented speed, accuracy and transparency.
Project BrewRIGHT has also brought efficiency to a once-difficult process by not only compiling data but by building upon it over time. Through a process of regression analysis (also known as “machine learning”), the very tool that’s tackling fraud and corruption is being made better at less expense to the company. “We see ourselves at the outset of a long journey. But as more and more users access and work within the ecosystem of BrewRIGHT, the system learns from their efforts, so the system will get smarter quickly and future compliance officers will benefit from the work of today,” says Matthew. “We’ll be able to complete the same work with a fraction of the budget and workforce with untold more success in the end result.”
Project BrewRIGHT has also brought efficiency to a once-difficult process by not only compiling data but by building upon it over time.
Centralized data and increased visibility tackle endemic problems on multiple fronts, from making the enforcement of blacklist sanctions easier to creating a sustainable system for theoretically catching risk-heavy transactions before they even take place. “You create efficiency by eliminating corruption, and you can do your job much better as an investigator in compliance if you have all your data in a nicely presented way,” says Matthew. “For a compliance professional, it’s amazingly empowering.”
And even though the technology is already a huge point of pride for the company, others in the industry are also starting to take notice. It was recently recognized at the 2017 Financial Times European Innovative Lawyer Awards for “innovation in data, knowledge and intelligence” just two years after deployment, and has received coverage and acclaim from multiple industry journals.
Praise and awards aside, the potential for this developing tool speaks not only to paving a way for better business day-to-day, but also to our company’s ethos as a whole. “This technology stands as a testament to our vision of increased transparency,” says Matthew. “It’s a bold approach that’s unparalleled in our market.”