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Adverse Media Check

Adverse media coverage unveils volumes about your candidate

Define, understand and manage your hiring risks with an online Adverse Media, PEP & Sanctions check.

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Our Adverse Media Checks report on the following information

  • Negative news coverage (both online and off)
  • Mentions of your candidate in the press
  • Reports on a candidate’s involvement in criminal activity
  • Indicates activities such as fraud, terrorism, trafficking etc.

Why choose Veremark for your Adverse Media Checks

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Our automated solution means you can complete checks within 24hrs
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A range of over 20 checks and 32,000 databases to search against on a global scale
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Fast Turnaround Times

A range of over 20 checks and 32,000 databases to search against on a global scale

Steps involved in the Adverse Media check process:


Set up your account and select Adverse Media check

The adverse media check can be ordered individually or as part of a check package.


Enter the candidate details

Or bulk upload multiple candidate details for background checking at scale.


Candidate receives email and gives consent

Consent is taken by e-signature.


Candidate will be prompted to provide necessary documentation

Through an elegant and easy to use digital experience.


System analysis and matches documentation provided and returns results

The adverse media report is delivered as part of a verified candidate profile.


What is Adverse Media Checking?

Adverse media checking investigates any negative coverage of the candidate in online web sites and offline publications.

What is covered in an Adverse Media Check?

The adverse media check verifies whether the candidate is included in any negative news coverage (both online and offline), mentions in the press, reporting of the candidate in any criminal activity, and any involvement in fraud, terrorism, or trafficking.

Why is it important to run adverse media checks on candidates?

For many new candidates hires their past profile is important for a business’s brand, culture, and reputation. It is important that a business understands what a candidate has written or said in the past.

For which sectors is adverse media checking important?

Adverse media checks are important for all sectors, as the reputation for of all businesses, and their employees, is important with future customers, analysts and media.

For which roles are adverse media checks important?

Adverse media checks are particularly important for senior and prominent roles in a business. Anyone who will be visible and in the public eye, and whose role will be viewed by customers, analysts or media.

What is adverse media?

Adverse media is the opposite of positive news, and relates to negative news stories about an individual in the media. The risks associated with conducting business with persons or companies having an adverse media profile are many and varied.

Why are adverse media checks conducted?

Adverse media checks are essential to the process of background checks. These investigations in to articles published across media publications may reveal involvement with money laundering, financial fraud, drug trafficking, organized crime, financial terrorism, and other nefarious activities. Adverse media checks can help determine if someone is worth trusting or not.

Employers should conduct adverse media checks on their candidates to protect the company and themselves. These checks will provide insight into the candidate’s character and can help employers weed out problematic employees before they even start work.

What is negative media search?

Adverse media search is a check on individual's or organisation's involvement in money laundering, terror financing, financial fraud, or other criminal activity. They identify connections between a person or organization and a crime. These checks can be done anonymously by submitting the name of the person or organization that is being checked. The result will show any involvement with a crime as well as provide information on how to proceed

What is a due diligence check? Is it the same with adverse media checks?

It’s not exactly the same. A due diligence check is a process of investigating and verifying the legitimacy of an organization or individual. It is a crucial step in the process of any transaction and essential for safeguarding an organization from fraud or financial risk.

Due Diligence, also known as DD, is an investigation that is carried out before any business transaction to ensure that the company’s investment will be safe. It helps in identifying risks which might arise during the course of the business transaction and take appropriate steps to avoid them.

The aim of a due diligence check is to verify whether there are any potential liabilities or risks associated with a particular business deal. A thorough due diligence can help avoid losses by identifying all possible problems at an early stage and taking preventive measures before they result in losses.

What’s the difference between adverse media check vs due diligence check?

The adverse media check is required before signing any contract with an individual, whilst a due diligence check is done during negotiations between organizations concerning a business deal.

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