If you own a preferred business network, association, or group, you know that building and maintaining strong connections is crucial to your success. But have you ever stopped to consider the risks of not conducting background checks on the companies you allow into your network?
Failing to conduct thorough checks could expose your business to a range of serious issues, including supporting illegal or unethical practices, compliance issues, damaging your reputation, facing legal liability, losing money, and missing out on better opportunities.
Here are four real-life situations our clients have faced and why you need to be vigilant about checking the backgrounds of the businesses before they join your network or become members.
If a company has a history of engaging in illegal or unethical activities, partnering with them could expose your business to serious risks. This could include issues like fraud, money laundering, or even human rights abuses.
A new client came to us with a preferred business network group that failed to conduct background checks on its members and allowed a company with a history of fraudulent behavior to join the group. As a result, several other members were scammed out of thousands of dollars.
By conducting a thorough background check, you can ensure that the companies you work with are operating within the law and in line with your values.
Associating with a company that engages in questionable or irresponsible behavior can damage your reputation and cause customers and clients to lose trust in your business.
One client of ours had a construction business network that accepted a member with a history of unethical business practices and found that their reputation suffered as a result. Other members began to question the integrity of the group and several left as a result.
Conducting a background check can help you avoid partnering with companies that may harm your reputation or cause negative associations.
If a company you're working with engages in illegal or unethical activities, you could find yourself facing legal consequences as well.
Recently we had a client come to us that runs a business association. They allowed a company with a history of violating employment laws to join the group and that company was later sued when it was revealed that they had been mistreating its employees. Our client was worried they would be mentioned in the lawsuit.
By conducting a business background check, you can protect yourself and your business from legal liability.
Companies that work with larger, more established businesses are increasingly being required to provide evidence that they’re conducting due diligence investigations on vendors, members, and business partners. These businesses are extremely protective of their brand and will not risk spoiling their reputation by being associated with companies tied to criminal or civil issues. Having a comprehensive due diligence program will open you up to these bigger opportunities and provide marketing collateral that can help you stand out against your competition
For example, a business network or group that conducts thorough background checks on its members may be more attractive to larger, more established businesses as they can be confident in the reliability and integrity of the group's members. This can lead to new business opportunities and partnerships that might not have been available otherwise.
The risks of not conducting background checks on companies before allowing them to join your business network are significant.
From supporting illegal or unethical practices to putting your reputation at risk and potentially facing legal liability, the potential consequences are far-reaching and potentially devastating. To protect your business and ensure the success of your network, it's essential to conduct thorough background checks