Responsible AI Institute Welcomes VFS Global as Newest Member!

VFS becomes new Responsible AI Institute member

The Responsible AI Institute welcomes VFS Global, a leading outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide, to its growing community of industry-leading members. 

Through this partnership, VFS Global will leverage the RAI Institute’s expertise in responsible AI and data privacy, ensuring the development of AI solutions that are secure, ethical, and aligned with the operational needs of visa processing. The partnership will enable continuous technological innovation, ensuring VFS Global provides more convenience for customers while delivering secure and responsible visa and citizen services to governments worldwide. This innovation will enhance the role VFS Global plays in safely connecting people and countries, supporting trade, tourism, education, and skills worldwide.

Guided by a commitment to security, integrity, and strict compliance with the regulatory frameworks of its Client Governments, VFS Global recognizes responsible AI as critical to deploying AI systems that drive innovation and value while being underpinned by ethical decision-making. By joining the Responsible AI Institute, VFS Global continues its leadership in responsible technology to deliver on the promise of innovation for Client Governments and communities.

“Our alliance with the Responsible AI Institute reinforces our dedication to ethical AI development,” said Zubin Karkaria, Founder and CEO, VFS Global. “We have always been at the forefront of technological innovation, committed to ensuring security, integrity, and strict compliance with the regulatory frameworks of our Client Governments. This partnership underscores our resolve to lead in AI advancement in a responsible manner.”

“We are thrilled to welcome VFS Global to the Responsible AI Institute,” said Alyssa Lefaivre Škopac, Head of Global Partnerships & Growth of the Responsible AI Institute. “VFS Global’s impressive track record and global outlook makes it an invaluable addition as we work to steer AI towards public good.”

With influential members like VFS Global, the Responsible AI Institute continues to drive the understanding, policies, and practices necessary to drive AI toward positive impact.

About VFS Global

As the world’s leading outsourcing and technology service specialist, VFS Global embraces technological innovation including Generative AI to support governments and diplomatic missions worldwide. The company manages non-judgmental and administrative tasks related to applications for visa, passport, and consular services for its client governments, increasing productivity and enabling them to focus entirely on the critical task of assessment.

With a responsible approach to technology development, adoption and integration, the company prioritizes ethical practices and sustainability while serving as the trusted partner to 67 client governments. Operating over 3,353 Application Centres in 149 countries, VFS Global has efficiently processed more than 278 million applications since 2001.

Headquartered in Zurich and Dubai and backed by majority shareholder Blackstone, along with the Swiss-based Kuoni and Hugentobler Foundation and EQT, VFS Global is committed to creating value for all stakeholders and leading in responsible, innovative solutions making government services more effective and efficient.

About Responsible AI Institute (RAI Institute)

Founded in 2016, Responsible AI Institute (RAI Institute) is a global and member-driven non-profit dedicated to enabling successful responsible AI efforts in organizations. We accelerate and simplify responsible AI adoption by providing our members with AI conformity assessments, benchmarks and certifications that are closely aligned with global standards and emerging regulations.

Members include leading companies such as Amazon Web Services, Boston Consulting Group, KPMG, ATB Financial and many others dedicated to bringing responsible AI to all industry sectors.

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