4th International Collective Action Conference 2022

Provisional agenda for the 4th International Collective Action Conference: Mainstreaming Collective Action for fair and sustainable business. The conference will take place in Basel, Switzerland. All times are in CET.

Day 1: 30 June 2022

Time Event
08:30–09:00 Registration and coffee
09:00–09:10 Welcome - Gretta Fenner, Managing Director, Basel Institute on Governance

Keynote address - Prof. Margaret Heffernan, Professor of Practice, University of Bath School of Management 


Tailwind for Collective Action: The importance of government engagement and support for Collective Action. Numerous governments endorse Collective Action as an innovative, flexible and collaborative approach to prevent corruption and promote fair competition and sustainable business. Representatives of authorities engaged in anti-corruption will discuss their support for Collective Action and share experiences in translating commitments into action.

  • Jorge Bermúdez Soto, Comptroller General of the Republic of Chile
  • Navin Beekarry, Director General, Independent Commission Against Corruption of Mauritius
  • Izadora Zubek, International Affairs Officer, French Anti-Corruption Agency
  • National Security Council, United States (tbc)
  • Gemma Aiolfi, Basel Institute on Governance (moderator)
10:45–11:00 Short break

Showcasing the variety of Collective Action. The field of Collective Action is diverse and continues to evolve. This panel will showcase good practices and highlight new approaches and developments in Collection Action for business integrity.

  • Lightning talk: Bernard O’Donnell, Head of Investigations Division, European Investment Bank
  • Brigitte Strobel-Shaw, Chief, Corruption and Economic Crime Branch, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Andrew Blasi, Director, Crowell & Moring International
  • Lene B. Lauridsen, Senior Compliance Officer, Grundfos
  • Liz David-Barrett, Head of the Global Programme on Measuring Corruption, International Anti-Corruption Academy
  • Vanessa Hans, Basel Institute on Governance (moderator)
12:30–13:45 Networking lunch & meet the practitioners. Come and meet Collective Action practitioners, including the Siemens Integrity Partners, in an informal setting. A buffet lunch will be served.


New momentum for beneficial ownership transparency: Welcoming Opening Extractives to the B20 Collective Action Hub. A new hybrid Collective Action initiative aims at ending the use of anonymous companies linked to corruption and mismanagement in the extractives sector. This panel will bring together stakeholders from Opening Extractives to analyse the initiative's methodology, share its journey in shaping reforms, and explore the potential to scale efforts beyond the extractives sector.

  • Lightning talk: Mark Robinson, Executive Director, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative
  • Alhaji Garba Abubakar, Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Nigeria
  • Thom Townsend, Executive Director, Open Ownership
  • Claire Harbron, Chief Investment Officer, BHP Foundation
  • Gemma Aiolfi, Basel Institute on Governance (moderator)
15:00–15:15 Short break

The marketplace of ideas for Collective Action. Peer learning in breakout sessions for participants to discuss from their unique stakeholder perspectives: the value proposition of Collective Action; positive drivers and challenges; setting goals and expectations. 

  1. Private sector: Collective Action – What does it take and what does it mean for the private sector? Facilitators: Hentie Dirker, Chief ESG and Integrity Officer, SNC-Lavalin and Cecilia Müller Torbrand, CEO, Maritime Anti-Corruption Network
  2. Public sector: Top-down leadership – The role of governments and standard setting bodies. Facilitator: Izadora Zubek, International Affairs Officer, French Anti-Corruption Agency
  3. Civil society: Collective Action as a game-changer. Facilitators: Prof. Deon Rossouw, Chief Executive Director and Kris Dobie, Senior Manager: Organisational Ethics, The Ethics Institute, South Africa and Ana Luiza Aranha, Anti-Corruption Manager, Global Compact Network Brazil
16:45–17:30 Meet the practitioners – continued
17:30–19:00 Anti-Corruption Collective Action Awards Ceremony & Apéro. For the first time, the Basel Institute will recognise organisations and initiatives that demonstrate outstanding achievements, emerging best practices and innovation in the field of Collective Action to tackle corruption and raise standards of business integrity. The awards will be presented by Mark Pieth, President of the Board of the Basel Institute on Governance. The ceremony will be followed by an apéro.


Day 2: 1 July 2022

Time Event
08:30–09:00 Coffee

Fireside chat: Setting international standards on Collective Action. Day 2 will kick-off with a fireside chat highlighting key developments in setting international standards on Collective Action in the OECD framework.

  • Drago Kos, Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions
  • Mark Pieth, President, Basel Institute on Governance

Related blogs: OECD recommends anti-corruption Collective Action in its revised Anti-Bribery Recommendation and Four major developments in the fight against corruption through Collective Action.

09:30–10:30 Rising to the challenge: Joining forces to mainstream Collective Action. Building on the breakout discussions of the previous day, this session will delve into how stakeholders can collaborate to mainstream Collective Action and bring about lasting change. Lightning talks by the lead facilitators will be followed by an interactive discussion with the audience.
10:30–10:45 Short break

Collective Action as a tool to build bridges – Connecting the dots between corruption and human rights. The regulatory landscape is shifting towards mandatory human rights due diligence regulations. This panel will bring together experts from human rights and anti-corruption compliance backgrounds to explore the potential nexus between corporate efforts to protect human rights and prevent corruption, and the role Collective Action could play in connecting the dots.

  • Anita Ramasastry, Member, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
  • Peter Nestor, Global Head of Human Rights, Novartis
  • Christian Leitz, Head, Corporate Responsibility Management, UBS
  • Vanessa Hans, Basel Institute on Governance (moderator)

Related blog: Connecting the anti-corruption and human rights agendas: challenges and opportunities for Collective Action

11:45–12:00 Closing and farewell