The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

In April 2016, the EU Parliament approved new regulation aimed at providing EU citizens protection and empowerment when it comes to their data. GDPR protects anyone living in the EU and therefore impacts any organization based in the EU or that does business in the EU.

By May 25, 2018, businesses must be compliant with the regulation or face financial consequences. Penalties for non-compliance of the regulation are severe with maximum fines up to 20 million euro or 4% of worldwide turnover.

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How GDPR Affects Executive Search

GDPR greatly impacts the executive search and leadership consulting profession in Europe and across the globe. The regulation changes the parameters of data privacy and strengthens the requirements of consent. It applies to everything that firms do with personal data for people in Europe – that of their candidates, clients, and their employees.

What Clients can Expect from AESC Members

AESC is the global association representing only the highest quality firms in our profession worldwide. AESC members always respect any confidential information entrusted to them by clients and candidates.

The new GDPR regulations align with the standards of AESC Members and AESC's Best Practices for Data Protection. By virtue of selecting an AESC member, clients can be secure in their choice of consulting firm, and can reap the benefits that only a trusted advisor can deliver. 

How AESC is Supporting our Members

AESC has actively worked with legal firm White & Case to interpret the regulation and develop the Best Practices for Data Protection. From forums to exclusive toolkits, AESC offers its members three different approaches to GDPR, reflecting the variation in our global membership. GDPR is just one aspect of AESC's commitment to provide members with the knowledge and tools to continue conducting business at the height of the profession. 


AESC Members can access our webinar archive which includes:

Is your Firm GDPR-Ready? 

GDPR: A Focus on Candidates 

GDPR & Our Profession 

AESC Members can utilize GDPR documents including AESC's Best Practice Guidelines for Data Protection, a GDPR Handbook, Check List & FAQs.