EASY (Enterprise Access System) is about to take on the D-U-N-S Number if COFACE and Creditreform have their will.  Perhaps this may mean that D&B’s grip on the only unique, neutral and truly global company identifier may come to an end.  According to a recent press release, COFACE and Creditreform have formed an alliance to develop a global company identifier to satisfy the needs of their global customers.  According to a joint press release both companies have formed a European Economic Association (E.E.I.G.) for the purpose of joint marketing.  Both companies acknowledge that they currently lack a unique company identifier that cross-links to the COFACE ID-Number and Creditreform’s ID numbering system.  Creditreform has a database of over 4 million companies.  COFACE database is approximately 44 million.  D&B’s global database is now over 100 million.

BIIA Newsletter February – 2006 issue