best practice

It came to our attention some time ago that our identity and image had been “stolen” by an unscrupulous operator. We immediately alerted the Action Fraud Office in the UK, and are going through the process of having this unscrupulous person brought to justice.

This is a  sad fact of business life that we have had to reluctantly accept exists, has happened to other companies and is difficult to stop. Our focus has been to implement best practice policies and procedures to distinguish ourselves from those which pretend to be Unicorn Blue Ltd

  • Fees: we do not charge upfront fees because we operate on a time and materials for specific milestones, the resources required to achieve the milestones, and, a contingent fee basis. All projects are scoped in Microsoft Project and which requires the client’s sign-off before implementation.
  • Terms & Conditions: Our Terms & Conditions page strongly recommends clients take legal advice before completing any transaction to proposals put forward to them by Unicorn Blue. We can recommend,  take measures to recommend and document our recommendation notices, though the final act of acting on the recommendation rests with the client and their basic common sense to independently check and re-check before actually doing. We operate on the premise that if a client is uncomfortable with our proposals, then either we can arrive at a mutually acceptable proposal or, not pursue any proposals altogether.
  • Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct: We are members of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals for our recruitment consulting, and abide by their Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. While all of the IRP’s Six Standards are important, Standards 1-5 are common in most other professional body standards. In view of our diverse skill sets, we abide by the same set of principles and values in all the consultancies which we operate. We invite clients and prospective clients to verify our good standing with the IRP (membership ID: 118898).
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  • Know Your Client:  not everybody is invited to become our clients. We choose whom should benefit from our skills, experience and know-how. We have training in Anti-Money Laundering. In some cases, and depending on the complexity of assignment, clients are asked to have their legal representative complete an anti-money laundering questionnaire as well as provide evidence of their own AML awareness. Our focus is on quality, not quantity, when we have qualified their commitment to move their businesses from their current state to their desired state.
  • Money Laundering Reporting Officer: Costanzo Ferraro is Unicorn Blue’s nominated Money Laundering Reporting Officer under Regulation 21(1)(a) on the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 and as referred in Section 331 Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 .
  • Security Measures Taken: These are:
    • Our website and business has been verified by Sectigo and GoGetSSL and our website holds a valid security certificate. We update website certificates throughout the year as cybersecurity technology changes.
    • We track all emails to and from our clients using ReadNotify. This enables us to detect if a person is truly from the country they say they claim to come from and with IP address location. If they are not, we immediately block their email address at server level.
    • We do not take business enquiries from: Afghanistan, Cuba, Islamic Republic Of Iran, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Syrian Arab Republic, Sudan, Venezuela, Yemen and Zimbabwe.
    • We follow a process of fact finding who the client is in all the consultancies that we do. The process is outlined in our Financing Process Flow presentation. The same concept applies through all our other consulting assignments. 
    • If we judge that we lack the competency to undertake an assignment, either we will team up with a partner that has the competency(ies), or we do not undertake the assignment at all.
    • We operate a strict Anti-Bribery policy.