OECD panel"Building Capacity for Collective Action" was the theme of an IACA panel discussion at the 2016 OECD Integrity Forum in Paris on Tuesday.

Moderated by Nikos Passas, IACA’s Distinguished Inaugural Professor of Collective Action, Business Ethics and Compliance, the event focused on practical ways to boost capacity-building and included contributions from several leading figures in the field.

The panellists were Gemma Aiolfi, Head of Compliance and Corporate Governance/Collective Action at the Basel Institute on Governance; Nicola Bonucci, Director and Accession Coordinator, Directorate for Legal Affairs, OECD; Roxana Family, Dean and Chair, Business Law and Ethics Department, Law Faculty of the University of Cergy-Pontoise (UCP), France; and Emmanuel Lulin, Senior Vice President and Chief Ethics Officer, L'Oréal.

Around the world, collective action is an increasingly important part of companies’ anti-corruption and compliance efforts. But building capacity remains a challenge. To help address this need, IACA is preparing to launch a second master’s programme on private-sector anti-corruption, compliance, and collective action.

Prof. Passas, a leading global authority on anti-corruption and international financial crime, will guide the build-up of the Academy’s research capabilities and master’s programme in this area. His professorship is co-funded by the Siemens Integrity Initiative.

IACA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the OECD in July 2014 and continues to collaborate closely with the organization. Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, pledged the Academy’s continued support for the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention at a Ministerial Meeting in Paris last month.