Terms of Use

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The following policies that collectively make up our Terms of Usage, cover all our websites including our LinkedIn Group for Level I Members. These are preceded by an introduction to the organization; The GRC Sphere.

Introduction to The GRC Sphere™

The GRC Sphere is the leading member-based global organization dedicated to Governance Risk Compliance (GRC) industry benchmarking and the benchmarking of GRC best practices and Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s). Our consortium, GRCsphere.org, serves executives and GRC pro’s around the world. We’re based in the United States, but our perspective is truly global, in nature. We invite you to join us!

Our GRC benchmarking roots were established in 2009, when several of our principals delivered the first education on GRC convergence for a leading global internal audit organization and standards body. Our 2 day course for their members was focused on enterprise integration and the convergence challenges associated with business / technology management while implementing and sustaining a GRC program initiative. The content differentiators that set this flagship course apart was our focus on well-documented financial performance comparisons using real-world 5 year rolling averages for a number of well-known and highly respected global corporations. The bottom line is that we provided the first strategic shareholder measurements in the form of Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) that executives can and should be using today for any GRC program implementation, no matter what the industry might be, nor the size of the firm involved.

The GRC Sphere takes our industry benchmarking for GRC to an entirely new level. Now we can help your firm to get involved with peers in an industry cluster that is attuned to GRC benchmarking. This enables you to build your own internal GRC program measurement dashboard. By collaborating with industry peers, you can lower your costs of GRC, but more importantly, develop a deep understanding of the strategic value that a well structured and well implemented GRC program can provide, financially, as well as operationally.

The GRC Sphere is a division of RuleSphere International, Inc. 

Our website can be found at: http://www.GRCsphere.org 

For member information: [email protected] or [email protected]

Level I Members Meet on LinkedIn

We provide our Level I members with this LinkedIn Group virtual meeting location for the express purpose of helping members to identify industry peers that they may want to collaborate with (at Level II) on our Professionals’ Networked Community (PNC) platform entitled, GRC Connect. Our PNC enables groups of industry peers to form tight collaborative relationships with others by participating in PRIVATE vertical industry clusters and horizontally Special Interest Group’s (SIG’s). We also feature PRIVATE industry-specific Think Tanks for Executives at the VP and CXO levels (including General Councils and other roles at that level of authority and leadership).

Our requirements for joining as a Level I member are as follows:

  • Use of a credit card on our web site located at http://www.GRCsphere.org to validate your identity.
  • Use of a corporate e-mail address that contains your company’s domain name. NO G-Mail, HotMail, Yahoo, Google, or other non-business domain e-mail addresses are acceptable, unless you can provide definitive and verifiable proof that your company does not allow employees to use corporate e-mail addresses for external collaboration.
  • The third control is our strict posting policies that we use within our Terms of Use (for LinkedIn as well as on our website and GRC Connect platforms).
  • Submission of an NAICS and SIC codes that best represent your industry. When you become a Level II member you will declare your preferred industry designation.

GRC Sphere™ Group Rules

DISCUSSION POSTINGS

  • Any and all “Posts” that you make in our LinkedIn "Discussions" section or on our Level II communications and collaborations platform, GRC Connect, should relate ONLY to Governance Risk Compliance (GRC) topics.
  • NO BLOG POSTS OR LINKS ARE ALLOWED AS WE HAVE LEARNED FROM YEARS OF MODERATION EXPERIENCE THAT THESE SELF-PROMOTIONAL STRATEGIES BECOME OVERWHELMING. THIS POLICY IS ENACTED TO ENSURE THAT OUR MEMBERS CAN INSERT THEIR BLOG CONTENT INTO OUR MULTI-USER BLOG FACILITY ON OUR WEBSITE, INSTEAD.
  • LINKS THAT LEAD TO OFF-SITE CONTENT ARE ALSO NOT ALLOWED, NO MATTER WHETHER THEY LEAD TO WHITE PAPERS, ARTICLES OR ANY OTHER 3RD PARTY CONTENT. THIS POLICY IS ENACTED TO ENABLE MEMBERS TO POST THIS TYPE OF CONTENT WITHIN OUR VARIOUS MEMBER CONTENT REPOSITORIES DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS TYPE OF CONTENT. THIS INCLUDES LEVEL I MEMBERS.
  • NO SPAM, SELF-PROMOTION, NOR DIRECT SALES PITCHES ARE ALLOWED! MEMBERS WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE GROUP IMMEDIATELY.

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE PROMOTING A BUSINESS, ORGANIZATION, PRODUCT, SERVICE OR SELF? USE THESE SELF-TESTS:

If your message/post fits any of these self-test criteria, THEN IT FALLS WITHIN our definition of SPAM AND / OR SELF-PROMOTION:

  • Requires clicking on a link to access information (i.e. news, blog, or resource announcements)
  • Promotes a product or service (commercial, paid or free)
  • Promotes an event (i.e conference, webinar, etc.) that is not affiliated with The GRC Sphere.
  • Self-promotional (holiday/religious greetings, personal introductions, etc.)
  • No religious or political discussions are allowed, unless they relate to the GRC industry
  • Is a repost, in either discussions or jobs. We are looking for original, spur of the moment content that originates on our site.

JOB POSTINGS

  • Our Jobs section is for actual, salaried job postings that have been approved by the hiring organization.
  • No resume writing services, commission-only employment, nor jobs that require any kind of payment by the job hunter, are allowed.
  • All job listings must include a complete description AND A BUSINESS DOMAIN EMAIL. NO G-Mail, HotMail, Yahoo, Google, nor any other NON-BUSINESS DOMAIN EMAIL ADDRESSES ARE ACCEPTABLE; ONLY BUSINESS domain e-mail addresses, please.
  • No job postings are allowed that do not include a job title, description, qualifications and location in the “Job Title” and “Additional Details” areas.
  • No job postings are allowed that do not abide by U.S labor laws.
  • No job postings are allowed that discriminate based on gender, age, race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin or disability.
  • Job Discussions are defined as questions and ideas that CLEARLY invite member responses related to career management.

INAPPROPRIATE POSTINGS

  • Harassing, abusive, or threatening
  • Attacking individuals or groups
  • Derogatory, unprofessional, or disrespectful
  • Harmful to minors, obscene/pornographic, objectionable, or in violation of any U.S. law
  • Infringing on intellectual property, privacy or other rights of third parties
  • Multi-level marketing or other pyramid scheme offers

NO RESPONSIBILITY / NO LIABILITY

The GRC Sphere does not assume any responsibility or liability whatsoever for any posting. You agree to waive any legal or equitable rights or remedies you may have against GRC Sphere with respect to these rules, including, but not limited to, member posting, posting restrictions, deletions, or moves, and member restrictions, removals, or blocks.

Lastly, be respectful of other members’ opinions. As long as the opinions, views and debates are not threatening, abusive, discriminatory nor harassing, everyone is entitled to express him or herself…even if you disagree with them.

If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]

Thank you for your help in maintaining our group’s high standards of professionalism!

Phil Wilson
Architect; Member Services and Programs
The GRC Sphere