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GLEIF & IDC Technology Spotlight: Driving Business with Trust – The Sustaining Role of Digital Identities

IDC research for GLEIF shows 79% of digitally mature firms prioritize trust programs, with 37% finding 'mitigating risks to digital trust' tough for digital business. Reflecting on this, IDC predicts strong growth for EMEA Identity and Digital Trust (IDT) tech. This GLEIF-sponsored IDC Spotlight examines how LEI and vLEI can enhance global supply chain efficiency, security, and innovation.

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GLEIF Publishes Annual Report

GLEIF has published its annual report in human and machine-readable Inline XBRL and HTML format, with the first use of a verifiable Legal Entity Identifier (vLEI) to sign its 2021 annual report.

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One global identity behind every business

GLEIF Mission

GLEIF manages a network of partners, the LEI issuing organizations, to provide trusted services and open, reliable data for unique legal entity identification worldwide. GLEIF services ensure the operational integrity of the Global LEI System.

Our Vision

GLEIF believes that each business worldwide should have only one global identity. This identity should include a digital identity. Having an LEI will help to achieve this objective. Taking advantage of the Global LEI Index empowers market participants to cut costs, simplify and accelerate operations and gain deeper insight into the global market place.

Governance Structure

The LEI initiative is driven by the Group of 20 and the Financial Stability Board (FSB). Created by the FSB in 2014, GLEIF is a supra-national, not-for-profit organization tasked to manage the only open, non-proprietary legal entity identification system designed as a public good.

GLEIF Activities and News

Organization and Committee Engagement Date: 2023-09-22 Supporting LEI Adoption in Public and Private Sector Initiatives
GLEIF Blog Date: 2023-09-13 #14 in the LEI Lightbulb Blog Series: Where Are You? How the LEI Can Help Financial Institutions ‘Address’ a Growing Challenge in ISO 20022

The vast complexity and inconsistency of address formats globally presents significant challenges for financial institutions. In this blog, GLEIF’s Head of Business Operations, Clare Rowley, explores why the ability to map relevant address fields from Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) reference data into the ISO 20022 messaging format is a powerful means of improving data quality, helping to bolster the global fight against financial crime and promote faster, cheaper, and more transparent and inclusive cross-border transactions.