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In early 2020 Competitive Edge Technology (CET), under the leadership of their Founder John Macy, approached the International Association for Human Resource Information Management (IHRIM) to form a partnership to implement a global workforce database to give ownership of personal data to employees and enable data portability as workers moved from one employer to another. CET were to provide a Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) platform and IHRIM were to provide the governance layer for CET’s Trusted Global Network for HR Data entity.

The IHRIM Board of Directors, under the leadership of Mick Collins, trusted a fellow Board member, Nov Omana who shared the same technology vision as John Macy, to pursue the opportunity. Nov very quickly brought another IHRIM Board member, Dr. Dennis Hill into discussions. Dennis had a great depth of technical experience and understood the need to move HR technology to a decentralized model in order to survive in the digital era and embrace new network infrastructure that included 5g networks, Web 3.0, IoT, Edge Computing, microservices and blockchain as the right technology (at that time) to deliver a sustainable HR technology platform.

Dr. Hill suggested the partnership set up an entity to be known as the Consortium for Decentralized HR, consistent with the global technology move to decentralization.

Invitations were to be issued to HR Membership Associations around the world to participate in the governance process to define rules for participation in the private/permissioned DLT.