Due Diligence Standards

Due Diligence Standards

Standards are tools to continually improve the quality, consistency, effectiveness and efficiency of services, products and programs. Producing higher economic growth than patents and licenses, standards benefit organizations significantly at both the short and long term strategic level, with advantages in competitive position, agility, innovation, and profitability. Standards are a critical part of any successful business. Standards are around us everywhere: numbers, weights, measurements, money, cellular phones, nuts & bolts, telephones, world trade, language, etc. Companies certified to standards have returns on assets 20-50% higher, spend less time on regulatory compliance, and out-perform the stock markets by almost 2-to-1 over non-certified companies.

Due Diligence Standards are precise, optimum and practical policies and procedures emphasizing core principles rather than checklists and facts, and are the first formal standards for due diligence. The Standards contain the set of minimum requirements for effective due diligence, including system requirements suitable for evaluation, certification and verification. Due Diligence Standards prescribe the necessary steps essential in performing and reporting the results of due diligence, including the following:

  • The minimum criteria to be evaluated for effective due diligence
  • Methods of rating the associated risks
  • Content requirements for reporting the conclusions of due diligence with recommendations

Due Diligence Standards provide organizations with important advantages. Benefits to utilizing the standardized approach to due diligence include the following:

  • Reduces risk
  • Increases confidence
  • Enhances the image of organizations that adopt due diligence standards
  • Forms an integral part of an organization’s management and decision-making systems
  • Provides regular independent assessment of due diligence processes and systems
  • Can be recommended to suppliers as part of an organization’s due diligence support

Due Diligence Standards

  • Standard Due Diligence Processes, Due Diligence Standard 101.0 is the foundation due diligence standard. The Standard specifies the minimum requirements for modern due diligence processes, especially for organizations and decision makers to have a precise system of making accurate decisions. Standard Due Diligence Processes, Due Diligence Standard 101.0 is included in the Certified Due Diligence Practitioner (CDDP) Course. The Standard may be purchased separately for those not pursuing the CDDP. The 4th Edition of Standard Due Diligence Processes, Due Diligence Standard 101.0 was in editing until December 2016 and is now published. Click here for the Table of Contents. The Standard may be ordered here at the regular publication price of $90.00. Members receive a substantial discount.
  • The following Standards are scheduled for publication 2017. The purchase prices will be $90, and may be ordered at the pre-publication prices of $70 until publishing dates.
  • Strategic Planning, Due Diligence Standard 110.0
  • Due Diligence Organization/Subsidiary/Department, Due Diligence Standard 120.0

New Standards are scheduled for publication in 2017 and ongoing in the following areas. Click here to tell us which areas you would most like to see Standards.

  • Accounting Due Diligence Standard
  • Board of Directors Due Diligence Standard
  • Brand Due Diligence Standard
  • Communications Due Diligence Standard
  • Competitive Intelligence Due Diligence Standard
  • Compliance Due Diligence Standard
  • Corporate Structures Due Diligence Standard
  • Crisis Due Diligence Standard
  • Culture Due Diligence Standard
  • Customers Due Diligence Standard
  • Disaster Due Diligence Standard
  • Entrepreneurs Due Diligence Standard
  • Escheatment/Unclaimed Property Due Diligence Standard
  • Exit Planning Due Diligence Standard
  • Finance Due Diligence Standard
  • Human Capital Due Diligence Standard
  • Information Intelligence Due Diligence Standard
  • Intellectual Property Due Diligence Standard
  • International Due Diligence Standard
  • Investment Due Diligence Standard
  • Legal Due Diligence Standard
  • Management Due Diligence Standard
  • Marketing Due Diligence Standard
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Due Diligence Standard
  • Networking Due Diligence Standard
  • New Products Due Diligence Standard
  • Operations Due Diligence Standard
  • Partnering & Alliances Due Diligence Standard
  • Planning Due Diligence Standard
  • Products/Services Due Diligence Standard
  • Quality Due Diligence Standard
  • Real Estate Due Diligence Standard
  • Regulatory Due Diligence Standard
  • Research & Development Due Diligence Standard
  • Risk Due Diligence Standard
  • Safety Due Diligence Standard
  • Security Due Diligence Standard
  • Social Media Due Diligence Standard
  • Software Due Diligence Standard
  • Technology Due Diligence Standard
  • Value Chain Due Diligence Standard
  • Vendors Due Diligence Standard

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