Collective Action at the Basel Institute on Governance
The story behind the Basel Institute's support for Collective Action against corruption and this online knowledge hub.
Anti-corruption Collective Action takes many forms. At its heart, it is about bringing businesses and other stakeholders together to tackle shared problems of corruption.
Collective Action initiatives and tools can help to:
- raise standards of integrity in an industry or market;
- develop self-regulatory standards for specific sectors;
- solve systemic issues related to corporate bribery and corruption;
- enhance fair competition and level the playing field between competitors.
Whatever the goal, Collective Action requires trust and a willingness to collaborate constructively. Both are often based on sustained cooperation between stakeholders in the private and public sectors, civil society and international organisations.
Collective Action at the Basel Institute on Governance
The Basel Institute has promoted Collective Action as an effective tool to prevent and combat corruption since its foundation in 2003.
Based in Basel, Switzerland, our 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
Our services include:
- A Helpdesk providing free advice on anti-corruption Collective Action.
- A Mentoring Programme, offering hands-on support to organisations working with the private sector on corruption issues.
- Active facilitation of Collective Action initiatives to maximise effectiveness and avoid antitrust issues.
- 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.
- Guidance and outreach to relevant partners through our network of contacts in the field.
About this knowledge hub
The B20 Collective Action Hub is a global resource centre on anti-corruption Collective Action. It offers a range of anti-corruption publications and tools, plus a database of over 280 Collective Action initiatives and projects designed to raise standards of integrity and fair competition.
The B20 Hub was launched in 2013, following a mandate from the B20 group of business leaders for the Basel Institute to develop and maintain this hub in collaboration with our institutional partners. It has developed and expanded over the years thanks to support from our key donors and partners, in particular the Siemens Integrity Initiative.
All resources are freely accessible and a helpdesk function is available for users to ask specific questions.
Head of Compliance, Corporate Governance and Collective Action+41 61 205 56 74 email@example.com
Gemma Aiolfi is Head of Compliance, Corporate Governance and Collective Action at the Basel Institute on Governance, which she helped to establish alongside Prof Mark Pieth, former Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery.
Along with her team of compliance and Collective Action specialists, Gemma leads the Basel Institute’s extensive private sector work and outreach. This includes providing tailored guidance and training on anti-corruption compliance, corporate governance and crisis management to organisations of all sizes and sectors, and driving the use of Collective Action approaches to tackle corruption, raise standards of business integrity and level the playing field between competitors.
A barrister by training, Gemma has studied Swiss law in Basel, Switzerland and holds a law degree from the London School of Economics and a postgraduate degree from Stockholm University in Sweden. Among other roles, Gemma has worked as Global Head of Anti-Corruption at Swiss bank UBS, and as Legal Counsel to the Integrity Department and internal Office of Special Investigations at ABB.
Gemma has served on the OECD’s Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions and as an advisor to the UN Independent Inquiry Commission on the Iraq Oil-for-Food Programme. She is a Member of the Board of Ethics and Compliance Switzerland and of the OECD's Trust in Business Initiative, a member of the Steering Committee of the Alliance for Integrity and a former External Council Adviser to the Board of Graña y Montero, Peru.
Her 2020 book, Anti-Corruption Compliance: A Guide for Small and Mid-Sized Organizations published by Edward Elgar, offers step-by-step guidance to companies and non-profit organizations in managing their corruption risks.
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Scarlet Wannenwetsch joined the Basel Institute in 2017. In her role as Collective Action Specialist, Scarlet leads the Collective Action Mentoring Programme and Collective Action activities with a particular focus on the Southern African region.
She also lectures at the International Anti-Corruption Academies Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action programme.
Prior to joining the Institute, Scarlet gained experience at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC Germany) and as a legal advisor to an international start-up.
Scarlet holds a Law degree (LLB) from Kings College London as well as a Masters (LLM) from the Free University of Berlin focusing on Public International Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Vanessa Hans joined the Basel Institute on Governance in January 2020 as Private Sector Specialist.
Prior to joining the Institute, Vanessa was the Managing Director of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Philippines. She has several years of experience advising companies on corporate social responsibility as well as international development strategies.
Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from HEC Montreal and a Masters in Corporate Social Responsibility from the University of Nottingham.
Anna Stransky joined the Basel Institute on Governance in October 2021 as Project Support Officer in the Collective Action team. In this capacity, she coordinates and administratively manages the team’s projects and overall programme of work, and coordinates and organises events.
Prior to joining the Basel Institute, Anna gained experience in the delivery of anti-corruption technical assistance at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria, and worked as Researcher and Assistant Lecturer at a German law school.
Anna holds a degree in law (First State Examination) as well as a Master of Business Law and Economic Law (LL.M. oec.) from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.
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Lynn Pies joined the Basel Institute in March 2022 as Communications and Events Intern to support the work of the Institute’s Collective Action team. In particular, she is assisting with the organisation and promotion of the Basel Institute’s 4th International Collective Action Conference.
Lynn recently received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences, with a major in Governance, from the University College Freiburg, Germany. She speaks fluent German, English and Spanish, having spent time in Peru and Spain. She has gained experience in event planning through a variety of projects and student conferences, and has worked as an assistant and freelance author for two local media outlets.
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Melanie Zemp joined the Basel Institute in April 2022 as Compliance Specialist & Collective Action Advisor in the Compliance, Corporate Governance and Collective Action team.
She advises on anti-corruption compliance and Collective Action, including conducting risk assessments, analysing third-party due diligence practices, drafting policies and training materials and benchmarking standards against international practices.
Prior to joining the Institute, Melanie worked as Compliance Operations Manager and Compliance Officer Trading in a global building materials company. She was closely involved in the development and implementation of the global compliance programme and oversaw the compliance activities of the trading entity.
Before that she worked for a compliance consulting company, where she advised international companies and public-sector organisations on how to implement whistleblowing systems.
Melanie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico, United States, and an MA in International Affairs and Governance from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
The B20 Collective Action Hub is supported by the Siemens Integrity Initiative.