Who is Certified By?
Born out of necessity
family valuesentrepreneurial spiritcommunity mindedinclusive & diverse
The Wood family & co.
The Certifiedby story is one of family business spanning 3 generations, and a company culture built around professionalism, accountability and personality.
Long before the internet & social media, Neil Wood (powered by the matriarch Cathy Wood) had a vision to unite the world of debt collection, so in the 80’s he founded TCM Group, and later GCS Credit, with a footprint of partners in more than 100 countries. Credit Management led to Risk Management, and GCS Risk was later born, to provide verification, investigation and brand protection services to some of the world largest brands.
Having also built the first of its kind “Global Case Management System (GCMS)”, it became clear compliance & technology were disruptive forces for change, and in 2016 Adam published “the digital disruption of the debt collection industry”, foreseeing some of the trends that dominate business today (ai, chatbots, regtech, etc).
In response to evolving regulatory requirements & digital disruption, Adam and Michael Collyer (RIP) developed the “Global Compliance Requirements Program” (GCRP), a compliance framework & assessment tool for our partners (mostly SMEs) to measure themselves against international best practices of governance, risk, compliance, cyber and data management.
As we rolled out this program to our partners and clients it became obvious there was a much greater need for such a program than just our own. Evidently SMEs across all sectors need help to overcome the burden of huge fees & complicated process, and big business need better ways to manage transparent supply chain & vendor risk management.
And so, after many iterations CertifiedBy was born. Finally a fit-for-purpose RegTech for SME’s and Supply Chains, with freemium (free & paid for) online programs for businesses to measure themselves against international best practice standards of governance, risk, compliance, privacy, cyber & data management.the
a startup with a soul
celebrating over 100 years of experience in international credit and risk management.
A walk down memory lane
We know we can’t do this alone.
We thank an extraordinary and diverse world of subject matter experts who’ve shared their time, knowledge and enthusiasm to shape our vision, objectives and priorities.