Jerry Michalski from Yoti's Guardian Council

Meet the Guardians: Jerry Michalski

We are thrilled to welcome Jerry Michalski on board as a member of Yoti’s Guardian Council.   Introducing Jerry Michalski Jerry Michalski (ma-CALL-ski) is the founder of Open Global Mind, a project to help humans make better decisions together, and Rel8, a project to crowdsource a shared memory to serve that same purpose. He is also an expert on trust. Jerry was on the front lines of the tech revolution for a dozen years as a tech-industry trends analyst during the dot-com boom, as Managing Editor of Esther Dyson’s newsletter Release 1.0. He also advised corporate advanced-technology groups on whether

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Announcing the start of B Corp Month

We’re really proud to be one of the UK’s founding B Corps, and every March, purposeful businesses come together to celebrate B Corp month. It’s a time for B Corps to raise awareness of just how important it is to move away from the outdated “business as usual” approach, and instead demonstrate how business, if done right, can be a force for good.   But what is a B Corp? Certified B Corporations, also known as B Corps, are companies that are said to meet high standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. There are now over 6,000

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He who eats bread with you

B Corps are companies that use business as a force for good. The “B” stands for benefit, and refers to benefiting workers, benefiting the community and benefiting the environment. It is truly a revolution, driven by the nonprofit organisation B Lab, who are reminding us what companies can really do. Although the word “company” today may make you think of balance sheets and revenue, it actually originates from the French word compagnie: ”a society, friendship, intimacy; body of soldiers”.  If we look further back, we find the Latin phrase companio: “he who eats bread with you”. Companies were originally about

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A visual demonstration of all the use cases of digital ID in the world, from ecommerce to travel, finance to social media.

A different kind of company

Yoti isn’t like many companies in the identity space.  We were born from seven core business principles which feed into everything we do. We are held accountable to these principles by the Guardian Council, our independent committee of influential professionals who have expertise spanning human rights, consumer rights, online harms, data responsibility and sustainability. They make sure that we always seek to do the right thing, and that we are transparent about what we are doing and why.  We also have an Internal Ethics and Trust Committee that oversees the development and implementation of our ethical approaches and work alongside

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More women in tech!

A few weeks ago, we were invited to an event for Ada Lovelace Day at the Francis Crick Institute.  The line up was brimming with inspiring female role models and speakers from companies like, Snapchat and Microsoft. But much more importantly, the room was packed with 200 motivated girls aged 16-18, looking for a springboard into a career in tech. This brilliant event was set up by Workfinder, a startup seeking to revolutionise work experience for young people, regardless of their background, by connecting them with exciting companies through their app. They put us in contact with Anisa and

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Hot air balloons in the sky

Adventures in social purpose

It’s been exactly 18 months since I joined Yoti, initially as Head of Social Impact but more recently under a revised title of Head of Social Purpose. We felt the word ‘impact’ was too focused on the end result, and not enough on the process, the DNA and the ethos of what we were trying to do. While we do, of course, want our efforts to have a positive impact, we believe that how you go about creating that impact is equally as important – perhaps more important – as the impact itself.  Most of my career has been spent

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