Posted: 14 Mar. 2017 5 min. read

Global Export Controls and Sanctions Team Recognised in 2017 Deloitte Impact Report

Our Global Export Controls and Sanctions team at Deloitte aligns all of its efforts around providing trusted services to our clients and partners while also making the world a safer place.

Those efforts were recently recognised in Deloitte’s FY17 Impact Report. The Report tells the story of our team as we partnered with companies in pharmaceuticals, media, and manufacturing during the past year.

Together, we helped to reduce the illegal trade in arms, restrict financing for terrorist groups, and prevent the misuse of civilian technologies for unauthorised military purposes.

The whole story can be found below, or you can view the Impact Report in its entirety here.

 Our 2017 Impact Story: Oh baby, it’s a wild world

A pharmaceutical company inadvertently sends a pathogen that can be weaponised to an unknown end user. A media company transfers specialised encryption to a foreign country, unaware of its potential use as a tool in a terror attack. A manufacturer that produces electronic components for mobile phones discovers its products have been used in an explosive device.

These are the types of activities governed by global export controls and sanctions laws – a sample of the risks our clients seek to avoid every day as they engage in global commerce. Our global export controls and sanctions team is working with organisations to help reduce the global illegal arms trade, prevent the unauthorised military application of civilian technologies, and restrict access to funds for terrorist organisations. But what does this mean in practice?

Making the world a little safer

Doing business safely while not standing in the way of legitimate opportunities is key. We advise our clients to help them identify commercial technologies capable of underpinning illegitimate military applications, and transactions that might divert their technologies from an innocuous end use to terrorist practices. We also support our military clients as they seek to build airtight order-to-cash and procure-to-pay processes that are safe from exploitation.

An example is how we supported a global pharmaceutical company in establishing protocols to ensure that viruses sent overseas were protected from being diverted and used as weapons of mass destruction. Our team assessed the items being exported and their potential to be used in biological weapons, and helped to implement processes to efficiently evaluate and screen end countries and customers to mitigate the risk of diversion. This allowed the company to reduce risk, but still work to the short lead times often associated with compassionate donations of vaccines and antibodies to potentially sensitive countries.

The team behind it all

Our global export controls and sanctions team is not only helping in a small way to make the world a safer place, it is also a strong advocate for women in leadership. Ninety per cent of the team is female, and they’ve successfully embraced agile working to balance personal and professional obligations. From team members based in various locations to parents who spend several days a week working remotely, they’re proud to be a role model to clients, showing that diversity and agility can result in a market-leading team that contributes to the greater good.

If you would like to find out more about export controls and sanctions and their implications for your business, please do not hesitate to contact our Global Export Controls and Sanctions team, below.

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Emily Cromwell

Emily Cromwell


Emily Cromwell is a lawyer and regulatory specialist, with extensive experience in helping companies manage complex, multi-jurisdictional obligations, and designing programmes that meet strategic goals and legal requirements. Emily leads our responsible business work for clients across the Consumer industry and advises clients on a range of sustainability issues including climate change and decarbonisation, TCFD, human rights, sustainability strategy, and circularity. She also leads our ethical value chain proposition, bringing together experts from across Deloitte and innovative technology companies to help clients build supply chains that are of the highest standards in relation to labour, human rights and the environment. Emily was international trade counsel and corporate compliance officer at a publically traded American company prior to joining Deloitte in 2012. Emily earned a BA degree with Honors in Humane Letters from the University of Oklahoma and a Juris Doctor from the College of William and Mary.