WG Anti-Bribery and Corruption

The Working Group “Anti-Bribery and Corruption” aims to bring together in-house compliance practitioners, in-house lawyers, white-collar crime lawyers, investigators, risk managers, auditors from different industries and members of the law enforcement community to exchange experiences, discuss best practices and challenges and understand new corruption laws and enforcement trends. We are hoping for an active participation in this working group and we welcome any speakers or ideas for future events.

The WG Anti Bribery was be launched at an open event on 14 December 2016 in Zurich.

Patrick Wellens and Claudia Götz Staehelin are co-chairing the WG which will serve as a platform for discussion and exchange among  ECS members.

Upcoming and past events

WG meeting 5 July 2018

The Working Group confirmed its intention to work on producing practical guidance on self reporting of corruption issues by companies in Switzerland. Members started working on a methodology to build such a deliverable as well as gathering suggestions for themes, questions or issues to be addressed by the document. A first list of questions was circulated among the working group members, some of whom started to raise their hand to contribute to the drafting.

Next steps for the Working Group :

  • Keep gathering input ideas and contribution submissions for the deliverable
  • Organize 2 to 3 working group meetings during which the drafting of the document will be discussed (in addition to other topics suggested by participants).
  • Invite a Swiss Federal Prosecutor to one of these meetings to get the official perspective on Self Reporting

The next meeting of the working group will be held in Q1 2019

WG meeting 15 March 2018

The Working Group decided to focus its work in 2018 on the creation of a document on self reporting of corruption issues by companies. The Working Group will organize several meetings in 2018 to work on the creation of this document (dates and venues to be finalized). Contributions from all ECS members to these meetings are welcome !

WG meeting 7 December 2017, Basel

The ECS WG on Anti-Bribery met on 7 December 2017 in Basel for a look-back review of legal and regulatory developments in 2017, featuring amongst others the developments in the Odebrecht Car Wash Scandal and the entering into force of the new French anti-corruption law (SAPIN II). The discussion of the group on the anti-corruption outlook for 2018 informed the proposal of topics for the upcoming meetings of the WG.

The Working Group on Anti-Bribery will hold quarterly meetings alternating between Basel and Zurich.



Dr. Claudia Götz StaehelinBoard Member
Co-Chair WG Anti-Bribery and Corruption
Patrick WellensVice - Chair
Co-Chair WG Life Sciences and WG Anti-Bribery and Corruption

These are the upcoming dates for our Annual General Meetings:

Thursday, 21 March 2024
Thursday, 20 March 2025

If you are an ECS member, you are cordially invited to our Annual General Meetings! Each AGM is followed by discussion on current compliance topics and an networking Apèro.