ESR's Global Background Screening Solution

ESR’s understanding of the global screening landscape and powerful technology help employers to easily implement and manage programs outside of the United States – ensuring a great applicant experience every time.


ESR has international capabilities in over 240 countries and territories.  We have a highly-specialized network of in-country sources that undertake the physical work in the jurisdictions around the world. 

ESR’s in-country network ensures that clients receive accurate, primary source international data obtained and transmitted in a process that complies with the European Union (EU) and Privacy Shield rules and other local laws and regulations.

Compliant Process

ESR only obtains information only from authorized sources in each country and presents requisite consent documents for permissible access to records. 

ESR International Resources

Introduction to International Background Screening

Global HR Learning Bites Volume 1 Number 2: International Background Checks

Global HR Practitioner Handbook Volume 2: International Employment Background Checks

Global HR Practitioner Handbook Volume 3: Criminal History Screening of Global Job Applicants




Friendly Applicant Experience

Our ESRCheck® Applicant Portal seamlessly collects required information and presents any special forms to the applicant as part of the process and offers a non-U.S. centric interface for candidates with no U.S. screening component.  


ESR works with many multi-national companies.

ESR is EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Certified

The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework was designed by the Department of Commerce and European Commission to provide companies that transfer personal data from the European Union (EU) to the United States (U.S.) with a mechanism to comply with EU data protection requirements in support of transatlantic commerce. The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework officially launched on August 1, 2016.


ESR was among the first background screening firms to achieve our EU-U.S. Privacy Shield certification on August 12, 2016. ESR also achieved Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield certification on March 5, 2018. ESR's certifications are available on the Privacy Shield website.

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) is a regulation by which the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, and the European Commission strengthened and unified data protection for all individuals within the European Union (EU). ESR had incorporated fully compliant GDPR policies, procedures, and technologies to help U.S. employers screen EU residents by the time enforcement began on May 25, 2018. The award-wining ESR Assured Compliance® system was augmented to provide ESR’s clients with required GDPR related tools. ESR can present and collect the consent from the subject required for the Controller to obtain and process personal information, and present other client provided documents and/or country-specific statements of rights and obtain an acknowledgment of receipt by the subject. ESR also supports the various GDPR rights of the data subject including Right to Information, Right to Access, Right to Rectification, Right to Restrict Processing, Right to Object, Right to Erasure, and Right to Data Portability.


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ESR supports online applicant facing language localization in a number of foreign languages including Hebrew, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, German, Japanese, and Latin American Spanish. Even though character-based languages are the most challenging, ESR already supports Japanese, Hebrew, and two dialects of Chinese. Being able to provide language localization enhances the applicant’s experience, and greatly improves understanding and confidence in the background screening process. ESR has enhanced its system to make adding additional languages a streamlined process to support the ongoing needs of its multinational clients.

Individual Searches

Address Check

A search conducted to validate the residential address information of a candidate.

Adverse Media Search

A search of public media sources at the global and local level by searching through publicly available newspapers, magazines and web sources to develop risk related information on an individual.

Bankruptcy Search

This search determines an individual’s bankruptcy history and may return bankruptcy dates, judicial decisions, assets/liabilities and status.

Civil Record Search

A search of publicly available court records to identify any litigation information regarding the candidate. Information returned will include the details of any litigation and if the candidate was a plaintiff or defendant.


This search determines if a candidate has fiduciary or board of director’s responsibilities for a company and is useful in identifying possible conflicts of interest.

Driving Abstracts

Provides the status of a driver’s license for the given jurisdiction and may include driving history, expiration, restrictions and other individual details.

Financial Report
(Credit Equivalent)

A search of a credit reporting agency, public or private database as available in each country. Information pertaining to payment or debt history is often not available due to country privacy laws and credit reporting channels.

ID Check

This search assists in validating an individual's identity by validating issued national identification. 

Illicit Activity

A search of publicly available criminality sources which include government, media, court Records and proprietary sources.

Passport Verification

Verification of passport through a governmental source in the issuing country.

Right to Work (where available)

A search conducted to validate a candidate's right to work. This search is processed by validating the candidate's passport and visa, when applicable.  

Global Sanctions, Terrorist and Watch List Searches

A search of global sanctions, terrorist and watch lists.  There are 3 levels available. 
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Verifications & References

Provides verification of education, employment and issued licensing credentials through the source or record keeper of information. 


May include dates of enrollment, degree earned, date degree was issued, credits earned and major/minor.

Employment Verifications

May include dates of employment, title and eligibility for rehire.

Professional License

May include verification of the issuing organization's name, license type, license number, issue and expiration date.

Reference Checks

Professional or professional reference interview is obtained by ESR’s staff or in country network.

Business Searches


Business Credit

Civil Records

Corporate Filings

Terrorist, Sanctions Search

Media Search




The most selective companies trust ESR to manage their screening programs.

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) is a global background check firm that is a strategic choice for employers who need accuracy and compliance in their background screening programs.

ESR is accredited by the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) – formerly the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) – and undergoes yearly SSAE 18 SOC 2® Type 2 audits to ensure the privacy, security, confidentiality of consumer information.

ESR founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen wrote the book on background checks with “The Safe Hiring Manual.” To learn more about services and solutions from ESR, please fill out the form to the right.

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