Know Your Vendor Overview and Best Practices

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Know Your Vendor Overview and Best Practices

Know Your Vendor Overview and Best Practices

Know Your Vendor overview and best practices

Modern businesses face quite a few risks associated with an overwhelming number of financial transactions, where every single one of them presents a potential risk. So, what’s the best way to identify suspicious transactions on time, when you have to deal with the large number on a daily basis? Know Your Vendor (KYV) diligence procedures can prove themselves to be extremely helpful when monitoring and preventing these kinds of risks, with the following steps:


  • Verify the identity of the vendor using a third party data source
  • Understand the nature of your vendor’s activities, with a primary goal of making sure that the sources of the vendor’s funds are legitimate.
  • Carefully evaluate the potential money laundering risks associated with that vendor.  Anti-Money Laundering Guideline


Know Your Vendor Best Practices


The best-practice Know Your Vendor (KYV) programs can include the following elements:


Customer Identification Program(CIP) is a starting point for any KYV process, which includes collection, verification, and record keeping of vendor identification information.  Here is where a strong Supplier Onboarding and Supplier information Management process comes into play


Basic Vendor Due Diligence (VDD) relates to creating controls around your internal process related to verifying the identity of vendor and evaluate the risks associated with them.


Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD) represents additional information gathered for higher-risk vendors to provide a more profound understanding of vendor activity to reduce associated risks.


Ongoing Monitoring (OM) function includes close evaluation of financial transactions and accounts treated as part of a vendor’s risk profile. Best results for organizations are achieved when transaction monitoring systems and being refreshed regarding due diligence information every couple of months up to one year.


While implementing these components the Know Your Vendor (KYV) activity should be taken very seriously. All processes and results obtained should be thoroughly documented to create a reliable audit trail for all necessary decisions and actions. Your organization should run an internal database, which contains data of all approved and disapproved vendors to minimize the risks and avoid duplication of efforts.


Finally, in determining what level of a potential risk, an individual vendor represents, a company should always look for the so-called “red flags”, such as:


Know Your Vendor Red Flag List


  • Business location
  • Nature or occupation of business
  • Business transaction purposes
  • Patterns of financial activities, such as transaction types, volume, and frequency
  • Expected origin and method of payment
  • Incorporation documents, partnership agreements, and business certificates
  • Understanding of the vendor’s customers
  • Identification of rightful and beneficial account owners
  • Relevant details of other personal and business relationships the vendor maintains
  • Payment policies and procedures in place
  • Appropriate third-party documentation
  • Local business reputation evaluation through reviews of available media sources





Joe Flynn is a Silicon Valley Entrepreneur who created Lavante, Inc. Lavante was started with the vision using Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing and advanced Data Extraction techniques to transform the traditionally manual-based Account Payable Recovery industry. Lavante Was acquired by PRGX Inc. in November 2017. Joe is currently working on a new venture using Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning to transform trade partner communications across the entire supply chain.