GLEIF – Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation

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A New Future for Legal Entity Identification

GLEIF research shows that the process of onboarding client organizations in financial services, including KYC due diligence, is becoming increasingly complex. Research findings confirm: a standardized approach to entity verification using the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) would make it easier for everyone to participate in the global digital marketplace.

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Advancing Digital Entity Identification with the LEI

With publication of its 2018 annual report, GLEIF has pioneered the inclusion of LEIs in machine-readable financial reports. Embedding an organization’s LEI – or that of its affiliates, subsidiaries and parent companies – within digital financial information, allows market participants who rely on official documents to inform strategic decisions (e.g. traders, investors, regulators) to quickly and easily consolidate and verify information on a filing entity.

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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

Global LEI System Standards Date: 2019-07-17 GLEIF Published Semantically Correct Model in the Form of a Taxonomy Relevant to Integrating LEI into XBRL

GLEIF published the semantically correct model in the form of a taxonomy relevant to integrating the LEI into eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL), the open international standard for digital business reporting, managed by a global not for profit consortium, XBRL International. GLEIF has initiated work, together with other organizations using the LEI as an element within their standards and standard frameworks, to develop semantically correct models of LEI data records relevant to the integration of the LEI into other key standards.

GLEIF Blog Date: 2019-06-13 Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) New Peer Review on LEI Implementation: Reaffirms Substantial Benefits of LEIs and the FSB’s Commitment to their Broader Use Globally

GLEIF welcomes FSB recommendations to expand LEI adoption and fully realize its benefits for authorities and market participants