On Monday 26th November 2013, representatives from the World Economic Forum's Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI), the OECD, the Basel Institute on Governance, and Siemens discussed the need for businesses to use Collective Action in the fight against corruption. This was addressed on the occasion of the Fifth Conference of the State Parties (CoSP) to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, held in Panama City, Panama.

Ukraine has backed away from signing an agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development EBRD. Citing technical reasons, Ukraine was unable to sign the Anti-Corruption Initiative, which was to include an independent body being set up to examine complaints from companies working in Ukraine about their treatment from tax and customs officials and courts. Read more (on

The B20 Task Force on Anti-Corruption and Transparency has awarded the establishment of the B20 Collective Action Hub to the Basel Institute on Governance, which will work on this in close partnership with the UN Global Compact. This comes at the same time as leading global companies from the energyand transport sector have agreed to establish a Working Group on Integrity to collaborate with the Basel Institute on anti-corruption Collective Action initiatives in those sectors.

A high-level conference in Bogota, Colombia, on 2 April saw the launch by the President of the Republic of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, of the world's first 'High Level Reporting Mechanism' (HLRM).

Speakers from academia, NGO and donors will try to analyse the results of a 15 years battle against corruption, with a special focus on developing countries. The effficiency of anti-corruption tools within development cooperation will be reviewed as well.

Location: GEP-Pavilion, ETH Main Building, Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zurich
Date: 24 April 2009, 9.00 - 16.00
Registration by: Ursina Tones, NADEL, ETH Zürich, 8092 Zürich; or send the requested data by email to: tones(at)