"We are committed to making the UN Global Compact and its principles part of our strategy, culture and day-to-day operations and to engage in collaborative projects, which advance the broader development goals of the United Nations, particularly the following Sustainable Development Goals."

Mr Imad Malhas
Founder & CEO

 

The principles of the UN Sustainable Development Goals are an important part of the work of IrisGuard UK Ltd and resonate through our Vision and Mission and are within the PRIDE of our brand values.

Our Vision - is a world where digital payments and transactions are trusted, protected and secured through iris recognition, especially for the most vulnerable.

Our Mission - is to provide the unbanked with dignified, secured and cost-effecive financial inclusion platforms based on our innovative iris recognition technology.

Brand Values – PRIDE

Passion

We have the energy, drive and attitude to never give up

Respect

We put human dignity, care and compassion into everything we do

Innovation

We have the courage and conviction to pioneer the future

Design

We create, originate and construct to the highest standards

Excellence

We continuously strive to go above and beyond to exceed expectations

Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere

by 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services including microfinance.

How we deliver it:

We are fully committed to the rights of those less fortunate than ourselves and we work with the UNHCR and WFP on projects with Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt.

In 2020, over 8.5 million individual refugees received cash assistance via the UNHCR. They required accurate and contact-free identification and payment authorization platform, to ensure that humanitarian assistance including cash and food continues without disruption.

In 2021, UNHCR in Iraq aims to target a total of 82,726 households with delivery assistance in the form of cash. Our partner Zain Cash required an identity and payment authentication system to distribute cash assistance via their mobile wallet, to up to 94,074 refugees living in refugee camps in Kurdistan.

The UNHCR and their partner Cairo Amman Bank provide cash assistance to up to 2.7m unbanked Syrian refugees in Jordan with an iris enabled ATM, with over 45,000 transactions across all our platforms per day. Refugees are able to visit the ATM, present their eye and effortlessly withdraw their allocated cash subsidies instantaneously.

“irisguard platforms provide convenience, ease-of-use, speed, stability, accuracy, hygiene and robustness to the process.”

Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

by 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round.

How we deliver it:

The WFP have deployed IrisGuard’s innovative EyePay® payment terminals in supermarkets so that Syrian refugees can redeem their monthly food assistance using just their iris at checkout counters, which is more secure and makes grocery purchases easier and faster, instead of using a prepaid electronic card.

Due to the current pandemic, WFP required a hygienic and safe identification and aid transfer solution to ensure that food distribution can continue for around 2,500 beneficiaries isolating due to Covid-19, and who cannot visit the on-camp supermarkets of Safeway and Tazweed.

Integrated with WFP’s blockchain Building Blocks, our contact-free EyePay® mobile device was utilised to authorise and process the aid transfer. WFP maintained full audit trail and have an accurate proof of delivery supported by a trusted and safe technology. Most importantly, beneficiaries in quarantine received their food supplies right on their doorstep securely, and safely, with social distancing maintained due to the fast and contact-free nature of our technology.

“irisguard guarantees that every US$, £ or € intended for a beneficiary is delivered to that person and no-one else.”

Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women.

How we deliver it:

The World Food Program introduced the WFP Building Blocks where the EyePay® Secure Financial Delivery platforms was integrated with Ethereum, the largest private humanitarian Blockchain, as a cryptocurrency to provide transparency in blockchain transactions. IrisGuard helped the WFP secure the last-mile through the use of iris recognition as a secure and fail-proof authentication of identity instead of the crypto key.

As part of a regional pilot agreement between UN Women and IrisGuard, approximately 400 UNW Syrian refugee women beneficiaries are now receiving cash using their eyes. This ensures complete privacy, security and dignity for the women receiving cash payments, completed with a printed receipt and instantly recorded on the Blockchain for total transparency.

“irisguard spearheads financial inclusion to the vulnerable and under-served
populations through its EyePay® platforms”

Opening statement at the 68th session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme

Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries

by 2030, reduce to less than 3% the transaction costs of migrant remittances and eliminate remittance corridors with costs higher than 5%

How we deliver it:

For the world's 1.7 billion unbanked, access to credit is severely limited, in most cases impossible.  The lack of a bank account means a lack of credit history, which results in an unfriendly lending environment. Our solutions enable secure compliance to Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) international regulations, ensuring a 100% accurate and secure transaction process.

Streamlining customer operations by replacing numerous identification documents with a single iris verification while minimising risk through our trusted EyeCloud® technology, we provide migrant workers, IDPs and refugees with a secure digital identity which can be utilised for the receipt of aid, salary assurances and for remittances.

All of IrisGuard’s systems are designed and targeted to reach the furthest number of people and countries and address crisis wherever this may occur. This fits in with the targets set by the UN and the GSMA Mobile Connect/M4H/Tech for Good policies for mobility of financial inclusion and identity verification for social benefits and services.

“We want every refugee to have a unique digital identity. This will enhance accountability and facilitate two-way communication between refugees and service providers. It will also help prevent and reduce statelessness.”

Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 2 October 2017

Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

by 2030, provide legal identity for all, including birth registration

How we deliver it:

We connect with merchant networks including banks, post offices, remittance agents and mobile wallets connecting aid agencies and disaster funds to multiple distribution points, whilst rapidly utilising the same systems.

We work with Ministry of Displacement and Migration (MoDM) Iraq to assist them in providing aid for Internally Displaced Persons – (IDP) and work with Ministry of Social Affairs (MOSA) Lebanon to assist local social welfare as well as the National Aid Fund (NAF) Jordan for the assistance of poor.

We are able to secure digital ID for homeless and vulnerable populations who do not have ID documents, ensuring that they have access to healthcare and other available services whilst eliminating double-dipping and ghosting.

By providing a universal and portable United Nations identity to refugees and IDPs, and linking that to crypto-currencies and Blockchain, we provide the beneficiary with mobility and freedom to move armed with a strong identity that is their eyes.

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