By Doreen Koronios
Sometimes those of us in the risk mitigation business need to step back from the day-to-day grind to remember that the work we do affects the lives of millions of people every day. It is a serious business with serious consequences if not conducted properly.
Simply stated, bad hires – including permanent, temporary, contract, and vendor workers – cause serious problems! We too often take for granted that our workplace is a safe environment and that workers who come to our homes are reputable and have been properly screened. This, unfortunately, is not always the case.
One example is what happened to Sue Weaver. On August 27, 2001, Sue Weaver was brutally raped and beaten to death by a twice convicted sex-offender hired to do service work in her home. Sue had contracted with a major department store to have the air ducts in her home cleaned. The department store did not conduct criminal background checks on those workers they sent into their clients’ homes.
Sue’s life is over. Had a criminal background check been done, Sue might still be alive today. Created by Sue Weaver’s sister, Lucia Bone, the Sue Weaver C.A.U.S.E.’s mission is to promote Consumer Awareness of Unsafe Service Employment and to educate employers on the moral and legal obligations for criminal background checks and how they work.
CARCO has a profound respect for the mission of the Sue Weaver C.A.U.S.E., and is proud to announce that we are Sue Weaver C.A.U.S.E. Certified! This Certification is an honor given to companies who demonstrate the integrity demanded by The C.A.U.S.E., and who also apply strict background standards when working with service providers seeking certification.
CARCO is also working with C.A.U.S.E. to design and deliver the technology platform that will make it easy for C.A.U.S.E. Certified companies to demonstrate their commitment and to maintain compliance with C.A.U.S.E. standards. When complete, this secure Web-based platform will allow any C.A.U.S.E. Certified background provider to easily upload individual certification information and pictures which will allow the companies and consumers who rely on C.A.U.S.E. Certification of workers to look up and independently verify claimed Certifications.
Partnering with the Sue Weaver C.A.U.S.E. is another commitment by CARCO to continually provide quality of service and state-of-the-art technology to enhance our clients’ screening programs.
For more information on CARCO’s C.A.U.S.E. Certified vendor screening program, please visit our website at http://www.carcogroup.com. For more information on the Sue Weaver C.A.U.S.E., visit http://www.sueweavercause.net.