Collective Action services

The Basel Institute's Collective Action team offers practical, independent guidance on how to use Collective Action to promote fair competition and tackle corruption risks. We support companies, governments and civil society organisations worldwide.  

Services include:

  • Tailored advice on how to set up, structure and manage Collective Action initiatives most effectively. 
  • Practical help in setting up sustainable public-private dialogue mechanisms to advocate for policy reforms.
  • Facilitation of Collective Action initiatives to maximise effectiveness and avoid anti-trust issues.
  • Guidance and outreach to relevant partners through our network of contacts in the field.

Interested? Contact any member of our team below.

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Collective Action team

Gemma Aiolfi

Head of Compliance, Corporate Governance and Collective Action
+41 61 205 56 74

Vanessa Hans

Private Sector Specialist
+41 61 201 18 21

Scarlet Wannenwetsch

Project Associate Anti-Corruption Collective Action
+41 61 205 56 75

Our track record

The Basel Institute has pioneered the Collective Action approach to combat corruption since 2003 and often in partnerships such as with Transparency International, World Economic Forum, OECD and others.

Our work with Transparency International involved the joint initiation of two of the first, and still today among the most successful, international Collective Action initiatives: the WEF Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI) and the Wolfsberg Group.

Indeed, the promotion of Collective Action against corruption was one of the key objectives of the Basel Institute when it was founded in 2003. This formalised a long-term engagement of the Institute’s President, Professor Mark Pieth, and other leading Institute members in this area that dates back to the early 1990s.

The Basel Institute has been a key player in creating numerous initiatives in sectors including defence, logistics and transport, art trade and energy. We continue to contribute actively to the further development of the PACI and Wolfsberg initiatives.

This work earned international recognition in 2013 when the Basel Institute was selected through a competitive process to establish the B20 Collective Action Hub in partnership with the UN Global Compact. Since then, the Basel Institute has:

  • Developed and is maintaining the B20’s global knowledge centre on anti-corruption Collective Action.
  • Acted as an advisor to a wide range of private sector, non-governmental and government actors interested in establishing initiatives.
  • Hosted and/or contributed to knowledge-sharing workshops for practitioners of Collective Action.
  • Organised three widely acclaimed international conferences on anti-corruption Collective Action.
  • Given input and advice to the B20 Taskforce on Compliance and Integrity in Argentina in 2018 such that Collective Action is specifically identified as a crucial element in the preventive toolbox for countries;
  • Conducted applied research and published papers on Collective Action, e-government and High Level Reporting Mechanisms.
  • Created a comprehensive online resource on Integrity Pacts as a tool to prevent corruption in public procurement.

In the past few years, the Basel Institute has been asked to act as the facilitator and knowledge expert for compliance issues for a variety of international and sector-specific Collective Action initiatives. This includes, most recently: 

  • Collaboration with the Banknote Ethics Initiative to develop Integrity Pacts or similar processes relating to the procurement of banknotes by Central Banks.
  • Support to the European Beverage Machine Manufacturing industry to advise on their efforts to certify their internal compliance programmes.
  • Acting as Integrity Monitor for the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria to facilitate transparency and accountability in bidding processes relating to the procurement of long-lasting insecticide nets and to identify and promote the implementation of good compliance practices in this context. 
  • Facilitating the meetings and agenda of the Metals Technology Initiative, which comprises the world’s major metals technology companies that build smelter factories for metal processing.
  • Continued support and advisory services to the Wolfsberg Group to develop best practices in anti-corruption, AML and financial crime for the financial sector.
  • Tailored services to existing Collective Action initiatives such as the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN), providing pro bono services and advice on standard operating procedures for ships’ captains when entering ports and suggestions for local partners in Indonesia and Argentina.
  • Advice and support to the World Customs Organization in their adoption of Collective Action wording in their guidance to countries.
  • Advice and support to organisations engaged in broad anti-corruption Collective Action initiatives in multiple countries, such as the Alliance for Integrity.

Further, the Basel Institute is playing a pioneering role together with the OECD in the promotion of a novel approach to corruption prevention through early-warning reporting, the High Level Reporting Mechanism (HLRM).