Supply Chain Integrity Vetting

IGI’s supply chain integrity vetting practice is a specialized application of our broader due diligence and compliance practice services. Our work in this area includes due diligence of clients’ prospective overseas vendors and suppliers, as well as compliance audits and on-site inspections of those vendors and suppliers with whom the client has existing relationships. IGI gauges the vendors’ and suppliers’ adherence to applicable laws, social and ethical norms, and to our clients’ own codes of conduct with respect to occupational safety and health, working conditions, child labor, sustainability, human rights, and other manufacturing best practices standards.

IGI also traces the provenance of raw materials and products of extractive industries offered for sale by brokers or middlemen, including to verify country or place of origin and to ensure compliance with sanctions, international conventions, and reporting and supply chain auditing requirements under conflict minerals regulations.

IGI has also been called upon to investigate cases of product tampering, as well as contamination and adulteration of product inputs and ingredients.

  • A large manufacturer of backpacks retained IGI to help address an increase of counterfeit products in the marketplace.  After conferring with the client to understand the unique characteristics of their products, such as stitching and zippers, our investigators conducted a series of undercover purchases in strategic locations. We successfully purchased a number of counterfeit items from different locations.  Through an analysis of the locations where our team purchased different counterfeit products, IGI was able to help the client identify where and how the counterfeits were inserted into the supply chain.
  • On behalf of a firm in the construction industry, IGI has conducted multiple FCPA-focused due diligence investigations on potential joint venture partners, clients and vendors located overseas.  In these matters, we supplemented online and on-site public records and database research with in-country interviews and human intelligence gathering to provide best-practices FCPA compliance and business due diligence processes to search for “red flags” from regulatory and reputational and legal standpoints.  In one such matter, IGI uncovered evidence of a financial relationship between the subject foreign entity and a close relative of a high-level government official in the country of the client’s project. Our work for this client has included due diligence investigations of entities located in Eastern Europe, Central America, and the United Kingdom.