The Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) has achieved a milestone in the realisation of a global ecosystem for digital business identity with the first use of a verifiable Legal Entity Identifier (vLEI) to sign its 2021 annual report. The vLEI, a digitally trusted version of the LEI, has the potential to meet the need for automated digital verification of the legal identities of businesses.
GLEIF’s annual report illustrates that vLEIs can be used to sign specific sections, or even facts, within a report or data set, as well as reports in their entirety. Financial statements have been signed, using individual vLEIs, by GLEIF’s chief financial officer and GLEIF’s auditors. The entire report has been signed by the foundation’s CEO and board chair.
GLEIF is now working to finalise a qualification programme to enable vLEI issuers to become operational later in the year. For the purpose of the proof-of-concept annual report demonstration, GLEIF granted Ubisecure temporary vLEI Issuer status, which enabled Ubisecure to issue GLEIF with vLEIs.
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