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High Level Reporting Mechanism

A channel to raise and quickly resolve alerts about suspected bribery or unfair business practices in public tenders

Integrity Pacts

A flexible tool to raise transparency and fairness in public procurement and reduce corruption risks

Certification

An innovative approach to due diligence through Collective Action, bringing multinational companies and local suppliers together

Human rights

Connecting anti-corruption compliance programmes with efforts to address business human rights

B20 & anti-corruption

B20-G20 dialogues on integrity and anti-corruption over the years, and how to enhance their effectiveness

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Mentoring Programme

Hands-on support for organisations working with the private sector on corruption issues

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Latest events and announcements by the Basel Institute’s Collective Action team and partners.

Unpicking the EU directives on corporate responsibility and sustainability

09.07.2024 | Collective Action, Private Sector

An interview with Nicola Bonucci by Lucie Binder, with input from Mirella Mahlstein and Anna Stransky.

Our Collective Action Helpdesk has received several queries about the European Union (EU)’s introduction of two similarly named pieces of legislation: the [Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive](https://finance.ec.europa.eu/capital-markets-union-and-financial-markets/company-reporting-and-auditing/company-reporting/corporate-sust

The mobilising power of Collective Action: Peter Maurer on new forms of engagement for global solutions

02.07.2024 | Collective Action, Private Sector

The Basel Institute’s President Peter Maurer opened the 5th International Collective Action Conference on 24 June 2024 with an inspiring keynote speech about global challenges related to corruption and the role of Collective Action in addressing them.

Setting out the current state of affairs, Peter Maurer highlighted disruption, instability and deep transformation of relations between states, international organisations and non-stat

Gemma Aiolfi: Tribute to Gretta Fenner at the 5th International Collective Action Conference

25.06.2024 | Collective Action, Private Sector

Gemma Aiolfi led the Basel Institute’s Compliance and Collective Action work for many years, working closely with our late Managing Director Gretta Fenner as well as our former President Mark Pieth to transform private-sector engagement in the fight against corruption.

At the 5th International Collective Action Conference on 24 June 2024, Gemma spoke of Gretta’s passion and efforts over the yea

Announcing the winners of 2024 Anti-Corruption Collective Action Awards

24.06.2024 | Private Sector

Congratulations to the winners of the 2024 Anti-Corruption Collective Action Awards, presented by the Basel Institute on Governance with the support of the Siemens Integrity Initiative.

The awards were presented on 25 June 2024, at the end of the first day of the International Collective Action Conference 2024 in Basel, Switzerland.

Gretta Fenner Outstanding Achievement Awar

What do businesses in Bulgaria say about safeguarding procurement from corruption?

12.06.2024 | Collective Action, HLRM, Private Sector

Public procurement is a notorious risk area for corruption and other unfair business practices all over the world – including in Bulgaria, where diverse stakeholders are now coming together to find a practical solution to corruption risks in public tenders that works for all parties.

One solution they are discussing is a High-Level Reporting Mechanism. In essence, this is a channel to raise and quickly resolve alerts about suspected bribery or unfai

Collective Action Awards: vote now!

27.05.2024 | Collective Action, Private Sector

Public voting has opened for this year’s prestigious Collective Action Awards.

Launched in 2022, the Collective Action Awards celebrate inspiring and outstanding multi-stakeholder initiatives to raise standards of business integrity in a particular context. Two award categories are available: “Outstanding Achievement” and “Inspirational Newcomer”.

Following the public vote, this year's awards will be presented at the [5th International Colle

Helpdesk Knowledge Hub

The Collective Action team at the Basel Institute on Governance provides a free advice service for anti-corruption practitioners and other professionals or government officials.

What are the best funding models for a Collective Action initiative?

Many Collective Action initiatives are kick-started by donor funding, but this is not a viable option for the long term. A combination of options will give you the most resilience, and may include some donor funding, membership fees or “pay as you go” models, and fees for extra services. If trust is present, and the Collective Action has clear deliverables that the stakeholders consider relevant and attainable, finding a sustainable funding model is something you can work on together with those

How do you measure the impact of a Collective Action initiative?

Measuring and reporting the impact of your work is crucial to demonstrating its value and keeping stakeholders engaged and on track. Beyond the basic stages of developing a monitoring and evaluation plan, a few points are relevant. First, transparency is crucial, to build trust and manage the expectations of both the donor and the engaged stakeholders. Second, it’s important to collect stories and testimonials that illustrate your impact, not only statistics. Third, a Collective Action approach

Corruption in public procurement – how can Collective Action help?

Engaging all stakeholders in ensuring the integrity of public procurement processes increases their chances of success. Integrity Pacts and the High Level Reporting Mechanism are forms of Collective Action that bring governments, businesses and civil society together to improve public procurement. The first step is to map out the problems and the relevant stakeholders to engage.

Can you share examples of teaching materials that cover the role of the private sector to address corruption and also more innovative approaches such as Collective Action?

Education and capacity-building are key components in the fight against corruption. Tailoring support and being responsive to the needs of different audiences is crucial in developing effective training materials on anti-corruption.

Building capacity and raising awareness about Collective Action and the role of the private sector in the fight against corruption allows for a better and common understanding of how the public and private sector and civil society can better work together to uphold

What is the business case for anti-corruption Collective Action?

Businesses face increasing pressure, from regulators, investors and civil society to conduct business responsibly. Top level company commitment to engaging in Collective Action demonstrates to law enforcement and regulatory authorities a company’s serious commitment to improving not only their internal anti-corruption programs but also making a difference in the wider business environment.

What are the benefits for Small and Medium-sized companies to engage in Collective Action?

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) make up the vast majority of businesses in any given economy, in the European Union for example, SMEs represent 99% of all businesses . SMEs are pivotal for economic growth and development. However, they are also more prone to corruption risks given their size and resource limitations to implement integrity and compliance programmes. On the flip side, the lack of implemented standards can hamper their capacity to access funding and participate in interna