How do I get a DUNS number?

Get a D-U-N-S Number, the industry standard for business listings, and begin building your D&B company profile. In today's global economy, the D&B D-U-N-S Number has become the standard for keeping track of the world's businesses.

The D&B D-U-N-S Number is:

  • A unique nine-digit identifier for a single business entity, that also links corporate families together
  • Used by the world's most influential standards-setting organisations
  • Recognised, recommended and/or required by more than 50 global, industry and trade associations, including the Australian Government, the United Nations, the U.S. Federal Government, and the European Commission.

To obtain a D&B D-U-N-S Number for your business located in Australia, please complete the D&B DUNS Number Request Form

Unleash the power of your data to make better decisions and maximise performance

The D&B DUNS Numbering system is a widely recognised standard for identifying businesses among thousands of companies, marketplaces and regulatory entities. Companies worldwide use the DUNS Number to link information about suppliers, customers and trading partners, providing a more complete picture of the risk and opportunity in their business relationships.

Why do I need a DUNS Number? 

There is no charge to obtain a D&B DUNS Number for your business and it can make it easier for your customers and suppliers to do business with you.

Some customers now request that their suppliers obtain a DUNS Number before any transactions can take place.

The DUNS Number is easy to obtain, simple to use and accepted worldwide. The code can be assigned to each of your business locations to:

  • act as a common classifier or identifier for invoices, requisitions, payments, shipping, customs clearance and other business documentation
  • ease communications with your customers
  • link your operation to parent companies, headquarters locations, branches or subsidiaries.

Applying DUNS Numbers to your internal files can help you:

  • identify risk exposure and highlight cross-selling opportunities within the same corporate family group
  • eliminate duplicate file entries and build your own value-added customer and supplier information warehouses
  • streamline your e-commerce transactions and simplify communications
  • integrate your internal systems by linking payables/receivables and tracking business documentation to the business entity and location level
  • reduce operating costs by linking interrelated suppliers and leverage this knowledge to increase purchasing power
  • uncover revenue opportunities by identifying prospects
  • improve customer service by linking related customer accounts to support a "one-customer" view.

What's the value of a DUNS Number?

By embedding the DUNS Number at the core of your global marketing, credit and purchasing transactions, you can take data you already have and turn it into powerful business information. By combining your company's internal data with D&B's database and other marketplace information you can create a value-added information source within your own organisation.

Within Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Customer Resource Management (CRM), and Customer Information Management (CIM) solutions, the D&B DUNS Number can help ensure more accurate data rationalisation. This means that you can have confidence in the quality of information you use to manage your business.

In database marketing applications the DUNS Number allows customers to quantify how much business they are already doing within a market sector or corporate family structure to enable more effective planning of new sales and marketing activities.

In credit applications and decision-support software systems, the DUNS Number can link customer files to respective parent companies to see total credit exposure. This insight into customers' corporate family structures means that credit limits can be managed intelligently and collection efforts prioritised.

In purchasing applications the DUNS Number enables a better understanding of your supplier base by helping identify duplicate records and providing linkage information on supplier family structures. This understanding allows you to leverage your purchasing power, cut purchasing process costs and reduce the number of redundant suppliers worldwide.

The DUNS Number can help ensure that receivables are carefully managed and properly targeted by pinpointing customer locations and identifying important corporate relationships.

With the growing use of electronic commerce as a form of transaction within the global economy, the DUNS Number has assumed a fresh importance as a unique means of identifying businesses during the online transaction and registration process. By leveraging the D&B global database and the DUNS Number, companies can authenticate, validate and establish business credentials, which will facilitate smart transactions and decisions at the speed of e-business.

For companies with a serious e-commerce strategy the use of the DUNS Number as a means of identifying suppliers, trading partners and customers will be of fundamental importance as global standards are established in this area. Companies wishing to be recognised as a credible supplier of online services can use their DUNS Number as a means of identification allowing potential customers to verify their business credentials before starting a trading relationship.

D&B links the DUNS Numbers of parents, subsidiaries, headquarters and branches on more than 86 million corporate family members around the world. Used by the world's most influential standards-setting organisations, it is recognised, recommended and/or required by more than 50 global, industry and trade associations, including the United Nations, the U.S. Federal Government, the Australian Government and the European Commission.

Corporate Linkage gives you the opportunity to see the whole picture. Our unique and proprietary DUNS Number is the catalyst for data quality.

In today's global economy, the DUNS Number has become the standard for keeping track of the world's businesses.


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