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.
  • Housing The Wolfsberg Group Secretariat at the Basel Institute headquarters in Switzerland.

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.

Gemma Aiolfi

Head of Compliance, Corporate Governance and Collective Action

+41 61 205 56 74 gemma.aiolfi@baselgovernance.org

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.

Scarlet Wannenwetsch

Collective Action Specialist

+41 61 205 56 75 scarlet.wannenwetsch@baselgovernance.org

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

Head of Private Sector

+41 61 201 18 21 vanessa.hans@baselgovernance.org

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

Project Support Officer

+41 61 201 18 23 anna.stransky@baselgovernance.org

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.

Liza Young

Project Associate anti-corruption Collective Action

+41 61 201 18 24 liza.young@baselgovernance.org

Liza Young joined the Basel Institute in August 2022 as a Project Associate for Collective Action. Liza is supporting the implementation of the Siemens Integrity Initiative project, with a particular focus on developing the Collective Action mentoring programme, providing communications support and conducting research.

Prior to joining the Institute, Liza gained experience at the Permanent Representation of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) to the United Nations in Geneva, where she served as an Assistant to the Ambassador. She has also worked at the Research and Information Group on Peace and Security (GRIP) in Belgium as a research associate. Her research focused on peacekeeping operations in West and Central Africa. Liza has also gained experience in Namibia and in Senegal within the United Nations (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and United Nations Information Centre for Development).

Liza holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Montréal, Canada, and a Master’s degree in Peace Studies from the University Paris-Dauphine, France.

Lucie Binder

Governance and Integrity Specialist

+41 61 205 56 76 lucie.binder@baselgovernance.org

Lucie joined the Basel Institute on Governance as Governance & Integrity Specialist in September 2022. She supports efforts to mainstream Collective Action by producing analytical and policy papers, and leading the development of an index focusing on anti-corruption Collective Action.

Prior to joining the Basel Institute, Lucie was Head of Governance & Strategy at Cochrane, the world’s leading evidence-based healthcare organisation. While at Cochrane, she delivered two organisational strategic plans and a new monitoring & evaluation approach to measure the success and impact of organisational activities. She also has extensive experience in charity governance in the UK.

Lucie holds a master's degree in Archaeology & Anthropology from the University of Oxford and is working towards chartered status with the Chartered Governance Institute of UK & Ireland. She speaks fluent English and German.

The B20 Collective Action Hub is supported by the Siemens Integrity Initiative.