WG NGOs and International Organizations

We provide a platform for professionals responsible for Ethics, Compliance and similar areas within Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), International Organizations (IOs) and Charitable Foundations as well as professionals from the private sector to exchange on their challenges and priorities between themselves and leverage expertise from multinationals in the private sector.

The sector is mostly unregulated and therefore not for profit organizations are not mandated to have a specific compliance program. However expectations towards integrity and transparency are even higher when serving a charitable cause.  Usually tight financial constraints keep overhead and non-operational cost to a minimum – thus it is even more important that we can contribute to a lean but effective compliance set up: being able to address risks in an efficient and professional way while ensuring that main work can be done.

See the presentation of this new working group delivered on the occasion of our last Annual General Meeting on 28 March 2019.

Get in touch with us: Sandra Middel (Board member ECS), Maximilien Roche and Therese Schumann (co-chairs)

Upcoming and past events

Our Working Group’s kick-off event was held on July 1, 2019 in the office of Lalive in Geneva. We had great attendance by compliance professionals from International NGOs, UN agencies, sport federations and specialized consultants.

Malika Aït-Mohamed Parent, the keynote speaker, delivered an insightful presentation with a clear message : the not-for-profit sector is an unregulated, therefore a self-regulated industry: compliance in this sector is being defined and custom-designed by each organization separately, in reaction to issues or scandals affecting the sector. Malika then presented the wealth of resources already available on the topic of compliance and anti-corruption in the humanitarian sector. See here the link to Malika’s presentation.

Following the keynote speech, participants discussed how the Working Group could contribute to the ongoing reflexion on the topic of compliance in the not-for-profit sector and deliver some value to its members and the broader professional community.

Many ideas of topics and formats were discussed. Ultimately, the consensus was that a broader consultation of the community was necessary to define activities and priorities.

A formal survey process would need to be launched. Several participants volunteered to contribute to the survey’s content and to the analysis of results.

The survey’s link will be shared with all participants and other professionals interested in the topic, inviting them to respond and share the link with their network.


Sandra Middel-TissotBoard Member, Co-Chair WG NGOs and International Organizations
Maximilien RocheCo-Chair Working Group Anti-Bribery and WG NGOs and International Organizations
Therese SchumannCo-Chair WG NGOs and International Organizations

These are the upcoming dates for our Annual General Meetings:

Thursday, 25 March 2021
Thursday, 24 March 2022

Zunfthaus zur Safran
Limmatquai 54
8001 Zürich