A Letter From Our CEO on K2 Integrity
Below is a letter from our CEO, president, and co-founder, Jeremy Kroll, on the transition to K2 Integrity and how the firm operates with integrity in its business, its community, and with each other.
In November 2020, we revealed our new brand identity: K2 Integrity. Why? The brand name unites K2 Intelligence and Financial Integrity Network, marks our continued expansion, reinforces the way we operate, and amplifies our core values. As K2 Integrity, we are the same trusted partner, built by industry leaders, driven by interdisciplinary teams, and supported by cutting-edge technology to safeguard our clients’ operations, reputations, and economic security.
In a world where ethical conduct and trust are in high demand, we are proud of what our leadership team have come to stand for in their own right and what our new name continues to represent: principled outcomes; a reputation for investigative, analytic, and advisory excellence; and the independence and insight we bring to each matter.
We are not shying away from challenges: K2 Integrity reaffirms our commitment to tackle your problems with innovative, forward-thinking solutions.
As a result, we are trusted by the private and public sectors, as well as the regulatory, legal, and enforcement communities, to handle difficult, often sensitive situations. Across investigations, compliance, advisory, and monitoring, we value the trust our clients place in us each day.
K2 Integrity, by its very nature, is an evolving business that will continue to have significant geographic and functional growth. Through this evolution, we are constantly guided by our purpose and we get excited about it—it’s our passion to solve the most complex problems and to help clients be as effective as they can be in the public and private sectors.
Clients come to us when their problems do not fit neatly into a box. Whether uncovering fraud within an organization, searching for and recovering sovereign assets plundered by a corrupt regime, securing a supply chain against counterfeit or grey market activity, monitoring major construction sites against illicit activity, helping a company fight off unwanted suitors, or making sure a financial institution knows its customers and origins of transactions, maintaining the integrity of our clients’ operations is our ultimate goal.
Browsing on the tabs on this page will further explain what integrity means to us, demonstrating examples in our business, with each other, and in our communities.
Thank you for joining us on this next chapter. I look forward to what we will accomplish together.
All parts of our company need to be responsible and accountable for fostering a culture of integrity and trust while serving clients; that is what sets K2 Integrity apart.
In everything we do we are committed to embracing our core values. As a result, we are proud of what we have come to stand for: good, honest outcomes; a reputation for investigative, analytic, and advisory excellence; and the independence and insight we bring to each representation.
We take our responsibility and commitment to our clients seriously, embodying integrity in every client engagement we have. But our commitment does not end there.
Following our merger in September 2019, K2 Intelligence and Financial Integrity Network (FIN) recognized the need to not just merge our teams, but our identity. Both teams held a strong belief in leading by example, sharing successes, and taking responsibility when something went wrong.
Together, we are committed to a work environment—both within our four walls and the extended places we do business—in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Our team also recognizes and embraces the differences and unique talents that each employee brings to the table.
At all times, we listen, are thoughtful, and respectful to everyone, and stand strongly against prejudice and hate.
We are ever-more connected and engrained into the communities we live, serve, and play.
Throughout our history, and now as K2 Integrity, we have been and continue to be devoted to investing time and resources through philanthropic efforts within our communities, both as a firm and as individual contributors.
As with many businesses around the globe, we consistently challenge ourselves both as a firm and as individuals to take a deep look inward to how we operate as a team and in the communities we serve. We know there is work to be done, and we pledge to continue to be committed to our communities and drive positive outcomes beyond just our business.
K2 Integrity takes pride in working with various nonprofit clients and movements taking on cases related to women’s rights, gun safety, and empowering individuals with disabilities to gain independence. We frequently provide our clients with these services on a pro bono basis.
Due Diligence for U.S. Supreme Court Appeal: In concert with Hogan Lovells’s legal representation of TaiChin Preyor, K2 Integrity conducted pro bono background investigations of two attorneys who had previously represented Preyor. This work enabled the Hogan Lovells legal team to file a motion seeking to reopen federal habeas corpus proceedings based on the fraud and incompetence of the prior team. K2 Integrity conducted due diligence research on both attorneys, including an extensive review of their professional and personal histories, past litigation, real estate holdings, and social media posts, to uncover information that would support a commutation or, at minimum, a delay of Preyor’s execution. Ultimately, his appeal was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court, which was not convinced that Preyor had deficient legal help during earlier stages of his appeals and that he deserved a reprieve so his case could be reviewed more fairly.
Investigation into a Zoning Dispute: The Islamic Society of Basking Ridge (ISBR) was denied zoning approval to build a mosque in Basking Ridge, New Jersey—one that would have been the first and only mosque of its kind in the township. In 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice sued the New Jersey township, citing religious discrimination and the application of different standards to the Islamic society compared to other religious entities. On a pro bono basis, K2 Integrity provided investigative litigation support to Patterson Belknap, ISBR’s legal counsel for the matter. After more than a year of litigation, a settlement of $3.25 million was awarded to the ISBR, allowing building plans to move forward.
Litigation Support for a Nonprofit: Her Justice is a not-for-profit organization that provides New York City women and their children living in poverty free legal counsel to achieve safety and self-sufficiency. In conjunction with the organization’s pro bono legal teams, K2 Integrity has helped locate hidden assets and unaccounted-for income in child support and divorce cases for clients who are going through contested divorce proceedings where assets and financial holdings have been questioned. Our efforts include public records asset search work, forensic accounting, site visits, and surveillance in support of these projects.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America: K2 Integrity has provided security services to Planned Parenthood, a provider of reproductive health care in the United States and a partner to similar organizations globally. These services included support of day-to-day security functions as well as the preparation and management of security at large events hosted by the organization.
K2 Integrity is devoted to investing time and resources through philanthropic efforts within our communities, both as a firm and as individual contributors. From time to time, our firm takes on various causes concerned with domestic violence, poverty, and education as well as contributing to at-risk youth programs and disaster relief efforts. We encourage volunteerism among our employees and support their causes through contributions of time, money, and on-site resources. In addition, our employees regularly participate in ongoing efforts in their own communities.
Toys for Tots: Each year, the K2 Integrity Veterans Group participates in Toys for Tots, a program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve that distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy gifts for Christmas.
CircEsteem, Inc.: A Chicago-based nonprofit, CircEsteem unites youth from diverse racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds through the practice and performance of circus arts. Each year this organization gives away more than $100,000 in scholarship programming to at-risk youth and its participants have amassed more than $600,000 in college scholarships.
American Red Cross Annual Blood Drive: In times of crisis, people often leap to action and find ways to help. Whether the emergency is in your local community or across the country, the Red Cross is often the first to provide compassionate care to those suffering. Individuals help by rolling up their sleeves, donating time, money, and blood. In 2016, K2 Integrity launched its first annual blood drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross and has continued this initiative since inception.
Disaster Relief Efforts: In 2017, CEO Jeremy Kroll, his family, and some close friends traveled to Houston to participate in the ongoing relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. They saw firsthand how resourceful, resilient, and charitable ordinary citizens can be. And that’s how we at K2 Integrity believe it should be. It is part of our firm’s culture to give back to the community—whether it be around the corner or around the globe. We have seen how important it is to our teams to participate not only by giving money and time, but also by giving of themselves and being hands on.
Project Bella: K2 Integrity is proud of our involvement in establishing Project Bella in 2015, when the firm’s London team repurposed the office’s former computer equipment and shipped it to JMS in Ghana, where it was used to create a computer laboratory. Established as a skill-training partnership between K2 Integrity and Jesus and Mary School (JMS) in Accra, Ghana, with the mission to provide free IT, business skills, and computer coding programs designed to equip young adults and other unemployed individuals between the ages of 18 and 45 with the practical know-how in order to apply (and be eligible) for jobs and/or the means to foster entrepreneurship. In November 2017, Project Bella became the Bella Teaching Foundation, a UK Registered Incorporation Organisation (CIO) – 1175778 official charity. Today Project Bella operates independently and conducts three-month intakes, some with as many as 60 pupils, consisting of three simultaneous components: Basic Business Skills, Basic IT Skills, and (new in 2018) Coding. Since 2016, more than 200 individuals have graduated from the program. More information on Project Bella can be found at Bella Teaching.
Save the Children: Save the Children: K2 Integrity’s London office participated in Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day, when, on a Friday in December thousands of people throughout the UK donate £2 and dress up in their favorite Christmas jumper. Each contribution goes toward bringing essential food, healthcare, education, and protection to millions of children around the world. By collecting £200 in total, the London office goal was to raise enough funds to send a child to primary school in Uganda for one year, equipped with a school uniform and necessary school materials.
Sock Drive with St. Ignatius Human Services Outreach Center: The center provides food and clothing to those in need, as well as health ministry, immigration services, support groups, and legal assistance, among other services. During the cold winter months, the center plays close attention to those without homes and sheds some light on an often overlooked, but highly needed item of the homeless community—socks. Socks are one of the least donated items in homeless shelters and centers. Because of the shortage, the homeless are constantly at risk for extensive foot problems. K2 Integrity previously organized annual sock drives to collect and distribute socks in conjunction with the center, which serves the Long Island homeless community.
Partnerships and Programs
Our Global Human Resources Department is guided by the K2 Integrity’s commitment to ensure an inclusive working environment for all. We strive to attract and retain top-notch talent from a wide range of backgrounds. We also continually try to reach diverse applicant populations, including traditionally underrepresented applicant populations. Across our five offices, we endeavor to cultivate a collegial environment, with employee coaching and engagement to support the firm’s most important element—our people. We are proud of the progress we have made. To continue that progress, our strategy is to get more involved in the communities in which we work, with a focus on educational programs.
Après: Après is a program that provides women opportunities for returning to the workforce in new career paths by providing tailored job market searches, career coaching, and mentoring to promote gender diversity in the workplace. K2 Integrity recently filled an associate analyst position through the program and will continue to partner with Après to fill additional openings within the company.
Career Fairs: As part of recruitment efforts, K2 Integrity has also participated in a range of career fairs across several higher education institutions, including: City College of New York (CCNY), John Jay College of Criminal Justice Fall Career and Internship Fair, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Fordham University, and Stevens University. In addition, the firm has hosted students for Career Discovery Week for the Partnership for NYC, and participated in a virtual career fair for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Jopwell: Jopwell is a career advancement platform for Black, Latinx, and Native American students and professionals. K2 Integrity works with Jopwell on recruitment efforts.
Supplier Diversity: Another of our goals is to develop a diverse supplier base that reflects the communities in which we work and the customers we serve around the world. K2 Integrity has developed a Supplier Diversity Program to ensure our firm develops and implements policies, strategies, and practices in the United States and internationally to build a culture of genuine inclusiveness—one that is reflected in the workplace, in the programs we carry out, and particularly in the relationships and partnerships in which we engage. It is our goal to provide fair and equal opportunities for all competitive suppliers and vendors from diverse backgrounds, including for those businesses owned by disabled persons, veterans, women, and members of other traditionally underrepresented groups. By formalizing our commitment to engaging with diverse suppliers and vendors, we hope to develop new ideas and drive innovation in the way we do business to ensure the greatest possible value to our clients and the communities we serve.
The Bronx Academy for Software Engineering (BASE): K2 Integrity has presented on cybersecurity awareness at the Bronx Academy for Software Engineering (BASE). This is part of the firm’s partnership with BASE, Mastercard, NYC Department of Education, and Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) on the PTech Program, which provides students with early access to college and career education by offering a grade 9-14 curriculum. The program’s goal is to prepare students for postsecondary education as well as entry-level cyber-related jobs by infusing workplace skills and industry content into academic courses and offering time for workplace learning. K2 Integrity will visit BASE for additional trainings on an ongoing basis and provide additional work-based learning opportunities throughout the coming year. In addition, K2 Integrity has participated in career fairs with the program.
ZogSports Co-Ed Volleyball: K2 Integrity has sponsored a co-ed indoor volleyball team through ZogSports. ZogSports is a social sports community rooted in playing for a cause. Each year co-ed teams play for a charity of their choice and participate in six regular season games, with the top four teams qualifying for the playoffs.
9/11 RunWalk: K2 Integrity is actively involved with supporting the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, including by participating in the Annual 5K Run/Walk and Community Day as a sponsor. The event supports the 9/11 Memorial Glade, an evolution to the 9/11 Memorial. In addition to participating as a sponsor, K2 Integrity covers the cost of registration for employees who wish to run or walk the 5K, or participate in the Community Day events.
Comedy vs Cancer: Comedy vs Cancer, a night of humor and hope to outwit cancer, raised more than $1 million for research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in its inaugural year alone. K2 Integrity has served as a corporate sponsor of the event in support of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s mission and efforts advancing lifesaving blood cancer research initiatives. Comedy vs Cancer, which was founded by Niccole and Jeremy Kroll and Jennifer Rogers and Robert Carloc, also included Lynn and Jules Kroll among the Host Committee Partners and has featured performances by Tina Fey, Jim Gaffigan, Nick Kroll, Seth Meyers, John Mulaney, and others.
Go Green Initiatives: With many of the cities K2 Integrity operates in enacting bans or restrictions on single-use plastic bags, the firm continued its efforts to contribute to environmental sustainability by providing reusable bags to all full-time employees across offices.