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What is Grid?

Grid is a risk database of adverse media, sanctions, watchlists and PEPs. It’s the most comprehensive database of its kind. Risk information is curated into detailed profiles, by individual or organization, so you can see all associated risk-relevant data in structured detailed reports.

Grid helps you screen more effectively. Its combination of comprehensive data and categorization means you can filter content by risk type, risk stage and risk age, based on relevance and your own risk profiles, resulting in more precision, fewer false positive results and more efficiency.

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Grid - key facts and figures

Grid has around 13 million risk profiles. A risk profile can be about a person, or an organization, and it’s a collation of risk-relevant information relating to that entity.

Grid takes information from over 120,000 sources, covers 240 countries and territories and over 3 billion articles from the last 10 years.

It includes adverse media, sanctions and watchlists, PEPs and other focused datasets around risk themes including Iran, the Panama Papers, and marijuana-related businesses.

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SanctionsGrid’s Sanctions Connect is a comprehensive global sanctions database that shows connections to sanctioned individuals and organizations in over 100 countries including Iran, and more than 1,000 separate watchlists and sanction lists.

Designed for accurate risk screening to help you adhere to sanctions regulations and export controls, it shows clear relationships and links so you can check and monitor for even distant associations to sanctions. Highlighted relationships include:

  • Corporate structures and shareholdings
  • Affiliates
  • Board members and senior officials
  • Family members
  • Other close associates

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Get the ‘gold standard’ in adverse media screening

Global news coverage – the largest collection of negative news in the industry
Benefit from global media coverage ranging from large publications to those with low or regional circulation – more than 120,000 trusted media sources in all.

We cover 240 countries and territories and over 70 languages. Grid has around 20 years of content and 10,000 risk profiles are added or updated every day.

Global watch list coverage
Grid integrates more than 900 government (regulatory) lists and watch lists, local, state and federal sources across the globe. It also includes specialized databases covering sanctions, Iran, the Panama Papers and marijuana-related business.

Precise filters: precise alerts
Our highly categorized articles include more than 50 risk codes and 30 risk stages for precise filtering and precise alerting.

Detailed categories include terrorism, human trafficking, organized crime, cyber crime and environmental crime. These categories align to the AML6 Predicate Offences and the designated categories of offences in the FATF Recommendations.

Simple integration
Integrate with your own systems and processes in a few simple steps.

AML6 and FATF relevant

Both directives specify a list of money laundering offences – 22 predicate offences for AML6 and a similar list of designated categories of offences for FATF.

Good practice will suggest your adverse media screening identifies risk associated with these offences.

We have over 50 risk categories - all 22 predicate offences are in our listed categories – so you can be confident we’re “regulation relevant”. And you can turn on/off specific risk categories to align your risk profile with the offences - so you can tailor your screening according to your risk-based approach.

Get a more precise, customized view on PEPs

Our PEPs solution combines information on almost 2 million PEPs in more than 240 countries and territories. All individuals are categorised to help you assess risk more accurately.

PEP coverage includes a country’s political hierarchy and their connections, senior officeholders, military officials, judicial figures, directors of state-controlled/invested enterprises, regional and municipal officials, legislators, senior political party officials, along with family members and close associates.

For countries that are considered to pose high risk, and where more investigative depth is required, we also include information on opposition party members, shadow government officials, influence peddlers, and other risk-relevant individuals.

Our PEP rating categorisation includes:

  • Position risk
    An assessment of someone’s seniority and role using 17 PEP ‘types’ and 4 PEP ‘levels’
  • Country risk
    Considers industry accepted indices of country corruption and economic freedom.
  • Event risk
    An analysis of adverse media relevant to the individual.

Our categories, and our PEPs types and levels, mean you can filter and rank PEP data accurately and benefit from fully customizable risk screening. You can then combine our analysis with your own risk scoring, and risk profiles.


How you can work with and access Grid

Grid is available within Compliance Catalyst, Review, API, batch uploading and an online portal delivery.

Compliance Catalyst

The data-driven decision engine and risk management platform.


Comprehensive, flexible and precise third-party screening

Special datasets

Marijuana-Related Businesses

Our dataset for Marijuana Related Businesses (MRB) contains thousands of entities and individuals throughout the supply chain.

Panama Papers

We captured and treated the 300,000+ profiles from the Panama Papers. Splitting up combined names and removing extraneous information for better name matching and parsing addresses into correct fields: street address, city, state, country.

You can choose to screen against the full Panama Papers list or only against the entities with other negative information. Or simply get a list of all potential matches if required.


A dataset that provides information on the individuals and organizations associated with sanctioned entities. Covering all sanctioned countries and entities, it establishes connections to individuals and organizations spanning over 100 countries. Organization relationships include:

  • Subsidiaries (ownership > 50%)
  • Affiliates (ownership > 50%)
  • Board Members and Senior Officials
  • Affiliated Entities of Board Members and Senior Officials
  • Family members and close associates of Board Members and Senior Officials Individual relationships include:
  • Affiliated entities: All entities in which a Sanctioned Individual currently holds a position
  • Family members and close associates of Sanctioned Individuals


A dataset that’s designed to help you comply with the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act (CISADA) of 2010. CISADA expands upon the 1996 Iran Sanctions Act and the Iranian Transaction Regulations administered by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

The dataset provides detailed, profiles of Iran-relevant entities and the associated individuals and organizations. These are kept current as new information or details emerge. The profiles for each entity include addresses, aliases, connections and relationships to other records, dates of birth when available, and source information.

Information is sourced from foreign Chambers of Commerce, Middle East business advocacy journals, public source research of IRGC-affiliated persons and organizations inside and outside Iran and any subsidiaries under their control, foreign banks conducting business with the IRGC or IRGC front companies; full mining of relevant investigative reporting and key think tank research on Iran.

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Adverse media - tracking from the earliest indication

Delivering the largest collection of negative news

We aim to help you uncover risk that’s hidden in unstructured news articles. We monitor the earliest indications of risk – from accusation to conviction.

Smarter screening of state-owned enterprises in Grid

As part of your screening you’ll need to review both state owned enterprises (SOEs), and state invested enterprises, and make sure you recognize their directors and board members as PEPs.

Grid now pulls this data from Orbis – the world’s leading entity database.

Orbis shows you companies who are recognizably SOEs. It also shows you companies that are calculated to be SOEs by its ownership algorithms. These ‘calculated’ SOEs should also be considered SOEs in screening programs.

Flexible, customized and smarter screening using Grid

Grid is easy to customize and offers you enormous flexibility in how you can configure it to suit you.

Combine more than 50 risk types and 35 risk categories and include filters on risk type, risk age, risk stage and the matching threshold. You can create unlimited screening configurations and revisit them at any time. The result is a screening system that’s tailored to your risk appetite, rules and that gives you control on the content and type of alerts you receive and their precision thresholds.