Whistleblowing Report 2017 – Practice in the Swiss private sector

Zurich, November 21, 2017. ECS members and guests attended the presentation of the new Whistleblowing Report 2018 in Zurich. Dr. Christian Hauser from HTW Chur – the University of Applied Sciences – presented the results from the first scientific study on whistleblowing in the Swiss private sector. Among other interesting results, the study shows that around 70% of companies with over 249 employees have a whistleblowing process in place, that over 50% of all whistleblowing reports received are classified as relevant and only 3% are classified as malicious. In the second presentation, Zacharias Huwyler from Integrity Line GmbH provided some interpretations and recommendations based on the new results. For example, it can be observed that quality and quantity of reports increase if the whistleblowing channels are opened for third parties such as suppliers or clients. The interpretation of this is, that information about certain types of misconduct may almost exclusively be present outside the affected company. Therefore, it is recommendable to open whistleblowing channels also for third parties. The event closed with a networking apéro.

The study can be downloaded online: www.whistleblowingreport.ch

WG Anti-bribery meeting, 7 December 2017, Basel

The Anti-bribery Working Group will hold a meeting on 7 December 2017 at the Basel Institute’s offices at 60 Steinenring Basel starting at 5pm. There will be a  look-back review of legal and regulatory developments in 2017 and a discussion on likely future trends in 2018. We would like to use this opportunity to establish the WG as a regular meeting, we would appreciate hearing from the members as regards the compliance ABC issues that would be of interest and relevance to your daily work. Everyone is therefore welcome to come and contribute to the discussions, and we look forward to your participation. Please send an email to register your attendance to info@ethics-compliance.ch

ECS Working Group event: Independent Audit and Certification of CMS in Switzerland, 24 August 2017

Thursday, 24 August 2017, 5:00pm, at LALIVE, Stampfenbachplatz 4, Zurich

Working Group Co-Chairs Dominique Casutt and Daniel Bühr will open the round table event by sharing their general experience from Compliance Management System audits (both are accredited CMS auditors). Then, Matthias Kiener, Partner, Advisory Forensic with KPMG, Zurich, will introduce us to CMS audits under IDW Audit Standard 980. The presentation will be followed by a discussion (under Chatham House rules).

All those interested in independent CMS audits and certification, trends in Switzerland and internationally, the growing importance of standards, the effects of certification requirements on suppliers etc. are very welcome to join this event. Please register by sending an email to info@ethics-compliance.ch. The discussion will be followed by an apéro at 6:00pm.

When Swiss companies are in foreign hands: what challenges for the compliance officer? 1 September 2017

September 1, 16:00, Mühlebachstrasse 23/25, Seefeld, Zurich

Roundtable Discussion sponsored by the ECS Working Group on Leadership. This third annual event will be followed by end-of-summer networking drinks in a nearby locale.

This year the focus is on the challenges on compliance leadership when a Swiss company is in foreign hands. Several participants whose companies are owned by Chinese, American, and other foreign companies or shareholders will be on hand. As in the past, the discussion will be moderated and participatory where all attending can also share their own thoughts on the subject.

After the roundtable, the discussions will continue over a drink, courtesy of ECS.

There is no cost for attending but places are limited.   If you wish to reserve a place, send an email to info@ethics-compliance.ch with your name, title, and company.

EU GDPR – Is your whistleblowing system affected? 21 September, Zurich

21 September 2017, 17.30-19.00, Lagerstrasse 5 – room number LAD 112, 8004 Zurich (5min from HB)

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) intends to consolidate and strengthen the rules around the collection, processing and use of data across the EU and will apply from May 2018. The ECS Working Group on Whistleblowing aims to shed light on the implications of the GDPR for web based whistleblowing systems. After a key note of a leading specialist on data protection laws and compliance, following questions will be discussed:

  • Are adaptions of the current setup needed?
  • How can privacy by design be applied?
  • What to do with data of accused persons?

Stay after the discussion for networking over drinks and snacks offered by the ECS Working Group on Whistleblowing.

There is no cost for attending but places are limited. If you wish to reserve a place, send an email to info@ethics-compliance.ch with your name, title, and company.

ECS Annual Meeting and Compliance Insight Event – 4 May 2017, 4-6 pm, Berne

The annual meeting of members of Ethics and Compliance Switzerland/ECS was held on 4 May 2017 in Berne in the guild house of Gesellschaft zu Pfistern where ECS was established in May 2014. 19 members attended the annual meeting and approved the annual report, the annual accounts and the budget for 2017. The members granted discharge and re-elected the Board for a second term. They also agreed with the Board’s plan to elect new Board members in the coming years on a rolling basis.

The meeting of members was followed by a presentation by Mr Michel Huissoud, the Director of the Federal Audit Office. Mr Huissoud presented the Office and presented the work the Office performs and the challenges it encounters in its audits. The presentation was followed by an open discussion on recent audits performed by the Office and instances of resistence by state owned enterprises and government agencies. The meeting was followed by a networking apéro which provided the participants with an excellent opportunity to discuss current compliance trends at a wonderful historic place.


Anti-Corruption Practitioners‘ Circle, 17 March 2017, Bern

The working group exists since 2012 as an informal and confidential exchange between compliance executives and anti-corruption practitioners. TI Switzerland offers corporate compliance executives the possibility to discuss concrete problems and challenges in preventing and fighting corruption. The meetings are held under the Chatham House Rule.

Participation fee
Members of TI or Ethics and Compliance: free
Non Members: CHF 100.-

Online before 10th March 2017



DACH-Compliance Conference 2017

Building Competences. Crossing Borders.

ECS board members Claudia Seitz and Arndt Harbecke will speak at the DACH-Compliance Conference on 17 February 2017, 10:00 – 17:00h

Venue: ZHAW School of Management and Law Aula, Gebäude SW, (Volkartgebäude) St.-Georgen-Platz 2, 8400 Winterthur

ECS members benefit from a 20% discount.

Programme and online registration 

ECS Year-of-End Event on International Investigations and Mutual Legal Assistance (Zurich, 24 November 2016, 4:00pm)

ECS Members Discuss Legal Assistance and Cooperation Among Authorities at End of Year Event

The ECS concluded a busy year with a roundtable discussion on November 24 in Zurich featuring Annemarie Nussbaumer, Head of International Legal Assistance at FINMA, and ECS’ Chairman Paolo Bernasconi.

Touching on all aspects of legal assistance and cooperation among authorities, the discussion highlighted the importance of this subject for compliance professionals, including in the context of investigations, issues involving corporate liability, tax, and other matters. The event also reflected the benefit of thinking about compliance across sectors and having the public and private sectors dialog on critical topics.

The event was topped off by an apéro to celebrate the end of the year and to further exchange ideas.



ECS General Meeting of Members and Speak-Up Culture Event (3 March 2016)

ECS General Meeting of Members

The first ECS General Meeting of Members will take place on Thursday, 3 March 2016, at 15:00 at Zunfthaus zum Rüden, Limmatquai 42, in Zurich.

The General Meeting of Members will take place from 15:00 to 15:45. Only ECS members are admitted to the General Meeting of Members.

From 16:00 to 18:00, all interested persons are warmly invited and welcomed to our “Whistleblowing and Speak-up Culture” event, organized by the Working Groups on Whistleblowing and on Leadership. The Working Groups will present their best practice guide on establishing and maintaining an organizational speak-up culture.

The presentation will be followed first by a key note speech given by Ms Laurie Waddy, Head Group Compliance and Deputy General Counsel at LafargeHolcim, and then a panel discussion with Ms Laurie Waddy and Ms Dominique Casutt (Co-Chair WG CMS/ISO and former CCO at Syngenta). The panel discussion will be moderated by Gabe Shawn Varges, member of the Board of ECS.

We will close the event with a networking apéro riche.

Please send your registration for the General Meeting of Members (in case you are a member) and the Speak-Up Culture event to info@ethics-compliance.ch by 26 February 2016.

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