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Thursday, September 3 • 08:30 - 10:30
Collective Action – Mission Impossible or a Way to a Better Future?

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Collective action initiatives are considered an innovative new governance approach that pools the resources of various stakeholders to produce mutually beneficial outcomes. Commitments are typically accompanied by affirmative rhetoric, praising collective action initiatives as particularly effective, innovative and participatory. However, there is little substantial proof of the benefits of collective action initiatives and even experts disagree on how effective and legitimate they are.

The aim of this panel discussion is to provide an evaluation of opportunities and limits of collective action initiatives.

Furthermore, the event will address the following questions:
  • Do collective action initiatives help stakeholders to overcome their narrow self-interest in favor of the common good?


  • Is the claim that collective action initiatives are particularly inclusive and participatory valid? Or can powerful actors with well-organized political interests impose their narrow political priorities?


  • Who are the stakeholders in collective action initiatives? Who is excluded?


  • Do collective action initiatives produce effective outcomes? Or does the compromise mirror the smallest common denominator?


  • How and by whom should collective action initiatives be evaluated/monitored?


  • How can we ensure the credibility of collective action initiatives are credible?


  • What are specific promises and pitfalls of collective action initiatives in the area of business integrity?

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Noor Naqschbandi

Head of, GIZ
Noor is working for the GIZ. He is responsible for the 10th Principle of the Global Compact in Germany and Head of the Alliance for Integrity (AfIn). AfIn is a business driven multi-stakeholder initiative promoting integrity in the economic system and improving the framework conditions... Read More →

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Gemma Aiolfi

Head of Compliance and Corporate Governance / Collective Action, Basel Institute on Governance
Gemma Aiolfi has been the Head of Compliance, Corporate Governance and Collective Action at the Basel Institute on Governance since July 2013.Prior to that she was Legal Counsel to the Integrity Department and the internal Office of Special Investigations at ABB AG in Oerlikon Zurich... Read More →

Dato’ Hafsah Hashim

CEO, Small and Medium Enterprise Corporation Malaysia (SME Corp. Malaysia)

Samuel Siahaan

Head of Compliance and Licences Department, PT. Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk.

Thomas Thomas

CEO, Asean Csr Network
CEO of the ASEAN CSR Network, an ASEAN Entity with the mandate to promote responsible business conduct in ASEAN.  Also the initiator of the ASEAN Responsible and Inclusive Business Alliance, an initiative with ASEAN CSR Network and the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ABAC).Had worked... Read More →

Heiko Willems

Managing Director of Law and Insurance, Bdi - Federation Of German Industries

Thursday September 3, 2015 08:30 - 10:30 GMT+08
Hall 3

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