People First, Always.

Sterling helps create people-first cultures built on a foundation of trust and safety.

We understand that every employee and new hire contributes to the unique culture of your organization. That’s why our global background checks and identity services are differentiated by unrivaled client service and deep market expertise to help you make confident hiring decisions that strengthen your organization and culture.

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Why Sterling?

We believe that every hire is important, and we are committed to helping our clients hire with confidence, speed, and trust.

Global Leader
Sterling is a global partner, supporting your business growth locally and around the world.
Deep Market Expertise
Our dedicated teams support you with custom solutions and extensive experience in your region and industry.
Cloud-Based Technology
Sterling’s cloud capabilities and best-in-class hubs deliver a seamless integration and candidate experience.
Fulfillment at Scale
Sterling’s industry-leading fulfillment automation provides fast turnaround times and processing efficiencies.


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Our Executive Team

We lead by example. Meet our leadership team and learn how they help inspire innovation and motivate our team to deliver measurable value to clients around the globe.

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Sterling’s Mission and Values

At Sterling, “People First, Always” isn’t just our slogan; it’s our promise. Our mission is to provide the foundation of trust and safety organizations need to create great environments for their most essential resource: people. We accomplish this by committing to four key values:

  • It’s All About the People
  • The Client is Always in the Room
  • Deliver Results, They Matter
  • Start with Trust and Prove it Every Day
Sterling’s people listened to us and really understood what we needed as a business. They had the compliance experience on global regulations and legal requirements that meant we were confident in their abilities to provide the support we needed.”

Jo Scott,

Global Project Manager,
Child Safeguarding and Talent,
The LEGO® Group
Turnaround time is absolutely a necessity when it comes to getting people in as quickly as possible. We are right around 90% [in a single day].”

Kristen Fulton,

Human Resources
Coordinator, Heniff
Transportation Systems, LLC
When I was introduced to Sterling, I was thrilled by how great its customer service was. It’s unlike anything I’d seen before from a screening partner.”

Kelley Dias-Azcona,

Employee Engagement Specialist, Human Resources,
We switched to Sterling 5 years ago and have been extremely happy since. Their user-friendly platform, quick turnaround times on services, and excellent customer service have made our background screening and onboarding process seamless. Thank you, Sterling!”
Pyramid Consulting
Group, LLC
We made the switch to Sterling after our old background check provider stopped supporting the adverse action process. By making the change, not only we were able to automate our adverse action process, but we also saved money and gained several additional automated tools that have helped us to save money and time. Every representative we’ve worked with at Sterling has been fantastic, easy to reach, and knowledgeable. I am certain that if we hadn’t made the switch, hiring qualified candidates would have taken longer, been more expensive, and exposed our organization to greater risk.

Lynn Johnson,

United Pacific
Director, Talent Acquisition

Award-winning Background Check Services

For the second year in a row, Sterling’s background check services and fast turnaround times were recognized as the “Best Comprehensive Solution for Enterprise in Talent Acquisition” from the annual HR Tech Awards from Lighthouse Research & Advisory.

“Some of the biggest reasons candidates ghost employers all come down to a single factor: speed. Sterling has designed a system that enables 90% of its criminal searches to be completed in a single day, which dramatically speeds up the hiring process for employers and gives them an edge when competing for high-quality talent.”

Ben Eubanks,
Chief Research Officer, Lighthouse
Research & Advisory

Simplified Experiences

We started with you. We listened to your feedback and created modern, simplified Client and Candidate Hubs that adapt as business evolves. Leveraging our proprietary and cloud-based technology, Sterling makes background and identity screening tasks easier for our clients and their candidates.

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Sterling Client Hub and Candidate Hub Screenshots

Thought Leadership

Whether you’re looking for insights into evolving regulations that impact hiring processes, need advice for building a contingent workforce, or would like guidance for a social media screening program, Sterling has experts who can help.

Our People and Culture

Throughout our 45+ years, we’ve celebrated our employees and have created a strong culture for them. This environment encourages our team to go above and beyond to keep our clients happy.
Meet our people

Work at Sterling

For decades, we’ve worked hard to create a diverse and inclusive culture that puts people first and exemplifies our mission of providing of trust and safety. We’re always looking for talented individuals committed to bringing that same passion to our clients.
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