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We offer information on companies and financial institutions for academic research and learning resources. Our solutions are simple to use, detail oriented and have extensive, authoritative coverage.

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We have a long history of supplying academic institutions with company information

We deliver information on:

  • private companies in comparable formats
  • M&A deals
  • economic metrics and forecasts
  • banks, insurance companies and non-bank financial institutions
  • corporate ownership structures, including beneficial ownership
  • crossborder investment flows, projects and data
  • intellectual property and patents

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Key benefits for academic institutions

  • Easy to use for students, while offering sophisticated analysis functions for academic research projects
  • Assistance with promoting Bureau van Dijk products across your university
  • Accessible help material
  • Access to a network of Bureau van Dijk academic customers
  • Shibboleth and OpenAthens compliant, and IP address access
  • Option to access Orbis, BankFocus, Osiris and Amadeus through Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) 
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Orbis is the world’s most powerful comparable data resource on private companies.

Use Orbis to research more than 400 million companies across all countries. It’s the resource for private company data.

We carefully capture a wide variety of information, then we treat, append and standardize it to make it richer, more powerful and easier to compare and interrogate. 

In fact, we capture and treat data from 170 separate providers, and hundreds of our own sources, to create Orbis.

The financial reports are detailed and comparable, and comprise:

  • 26 balance sheet items
  • 26 profit and loss account items
  • 33 standard ratios

Orbis delivers:

  • public and private company data – including banks and insurance companies
  • detailed business overviews, with cross-referenced industry codes and links to company websites
  • M&A deals and rumors
  • extensive corporate ownership structures and beneficial ownership information
  • links between individuals, director profiles, boards and committees
  • original documents including filed annual accounts

Research individual companies

Orbis is the ideal tool to verify a company exists and to source company reports – you’re much more likely to find a company report on Orbis than on any other company database.

Search for companies that fulfill your criteria

With hundreds of search criteria you can find companies fulfilling very precise profiles.

Identify and analyze peer groups

Finding peer groups and comparing companies against each other is quick and easy.

Visualize data

Get graphs, dynamic company structures, pivot analyses, heat maps and other types of visualization and analyses to help you understand your results in seconds.

Get as clever with data as you like

Customize alerts, do time-series searching, drill down into the financials to see how they’re calculated, create your own variables and classifications, add in your own data, and much more.

New interface

Our new, state-of-the-art interface delivers new and enhanced navigation and visualization tools.

Research historical company information

We have a 10-year history on Orbis. Our software helps you research changes over time and includes options like time-series searching so you can search for values that are consistent over a number of years.

If you need to go back further than 10 years we have a specific solution – Orbis Historical, which offers:

  • historical data linked to companies that are still operating
  • consistently updated BvD ID numbers to make sure that they are compatible with the current version of Orbis
  • regular and ongoing updates that account for any changes we’ve made to ratio calculations or other formulations over time and keep the data compatible with our current formats
  • customization options within our platform, so you can analyze the historical data within Excel or another analysis tool

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Other ways academic institutions use our products

Fundraising and alumni

Our company information products can help you be more effective in developing your relationships with your major donors and alumni. They can help you:

  • Find information on directors and senior professionals
  • Track and research your alumni for fundraising, mentoring and networking projects
  • Prioritize individuals for fundraising projects
  • Run risk assessments on donors to protect your reputation

Academic institutions usually qualify for a discounted rate.


Knowledge transfer and development

Our products can help your development team find the ideal companies to promote your facilities, knowledge transfer opportunities and professional development courses to. They can help you:

  • Search for companies by region, activity and size
  • Get alerts on companies you're interested in - so you can contact them with timely offers
  • Enrich your knowledge of companies already on your radar

Academic institutions normally qualify for a discounted rate.

Supplier risk management

Our information products are widely used for supplier risk management. They can help you:


  • understand and monitor your supplier base
  • research the financial strength of your existing, and potential, suppliers
  • get a much better understanding of who you're buying from to protect your reputation

Our extensive company hierarchies can show your spend by corporate group. We have both domestic and international data.

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Company information for academic institutions

We offer the ideal information packages for academic research and learning resources. This brochure shows you how we help students and academics.

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Citing us as your source

We request that if you use our products in academic papers, we are cited as:

Source: product name, Bureau van Dijk

For example:

Source: Orbis, Bureau van Dijk

For more information, please email [email protected].

We understand the academic market and we have specialist consultative sales teams ready to help you with your enquiry – get in touch for a free trial.

We offer all our products on free trial, but please note we don't offer free trials to undergraduate students. Please contact your library if you would like them to assess our products.