International Collective Action Awards 2024

5th International Collective Action Conference

Congratulations to the winners of the 2024 Anti-Corruption Collective Action Awards

In the category of Outstanding Achievement in Collective Action 2024, the award goes to the Agribusiness Anti-Corruption Collective Action in Brazil, which aims to enhance integrity within Brazil’s agribusiness sector and its supply chain.

Organisations and initiatives awarded in this category have made significant contributions towards fairer market conditions and the prevention of corruption through their engagement in Collective Action.

The award has been renamed the Gretta Fenner Outstanding Achievement in Collective Action Award in memory of the Basel Institute’s late Managing Director, who did so much to promote anti-corruption Collective Action and other multi-stakeholder coalitions.

In the category of Inspirational Newcomer, the award goes to the Transparency 100% Movement of the UN Global Compact Network Brazil. The initiative encourages companies in Brazil to go beyond legal requirements and commit to five ambitious transparency goals for 2023.

Organisations and initiatives awarded in this category have been active in the field of Collective Action for less than two years.

The awards were presented on 25 June 2024, at the end of the first day of the International Collective Action Conference 2024 in Basel, Switzerland.

Congratulations and thanks

We wholeheartedly congratulate the winners and all our shortlisted initiatives, who continue to be shining examples for great Collective Action work in the anti-corruption field.

In the category of Outstanding Achievement, the finalists were:

  • End Snow-Washing Coalition, which aims to address money laundering in Canada by advocating for a public beneficial ownership registry.
  • Water Sector Action for Governance and Business Efficiency, which aims to enhance governance, business efficiency, transparency and service quality in the water and sanitation sector in Colombia.

In the category of Inspirational Newcomer, the finalists were:

  • Global Integrity Partnership, which seeks to strengthen fairer competition in business in Cameroon with a focus on SMEs.
  • Strengthening Civic Vigilance: Empowering Citizen Engagement in Detecting and Reporting Corruption, which aims to support and raise awareness on whistleblower protection in Azerbaijan.

Jury selection and public vote

An expert jury reviewed all nominated initiatives and shortlisted the finalists before opening up to a public vote. The jury consisted of a senior member of the Basel Institute (Vanessa Hans, Head of Private Sector) and three leading figures in the anti-corruption Collective Action community:

  • Gilbert Sendugwa, Senior Regional Manager for Africa at the CoST – Infrastructure Transparency Initiative
  • Cecilia Müller Torbrand, CEO of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network
  • Phrommet Bencharongkit of the Thai Private Sector Collective Action Against Corruption (Thai CAC).

All three represent previous winners of the international or regional Collective Action awards presented in 2022 or 2023.

Gilbert and Phrommet presented the awards in the respective categories.

Learn more and see previous awards

Learn more and see previous award winners.

For more information on the eligibility criteria, the selection process and the public vote, you can access our Award Methodology.

With the support of the Siemens Integrity Initiative.

Jury Members

Gilbert Sendugwa

Gilbert Sendugwa is a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) leader known for his dedication to transparency, accountability, and inclusive development in Africa. Through his work at the Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC), he has advocated for the adoption and implementation of access to information (ATI) laws across Africa, while also raising awareness and building capacities among CSOs and citizen groups to effectively utilize these laws in the fight against corruption. He has spearheaded the establishment of networks of support for anti-corruption activists within CSOs. He continues to be a voice for change, working towards a more equitable and sustainable future for present and future generations. He holds a master’s degree in management studies.

In 2023, on the occasion of the Southern Africa Anti-Corruption Collective Action Award, Gilbert represented CoST Uganda, winner of the award.

Cecilia Müller Torbrand

Cecilia is at the helm of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN), steering the global business network towards a corruption-free maritime industry that fosters fair trade for societal benefit. A driving force in MACN's inception in 2011, Cecilia has propelled its substantial growth, earning numerous accolades and establishing it as a leading model for Anti-Corruption Collective Action. With 15 years of expertise in compliance, she's a seasoned anti-corruption specialist with a multinational background in shipping and trade. Cecilia has spearheaded global anti-corruption efforts, conducted audits and investigations, and forged public-private partnerships worldwide. She actively contributes to international initiatives, such as the B20 Task Force for Integrity and Compliance and the WEF's Partnering Against Corruption Initiative, while also serving as a guest lecturer at esteemed institutions like the World Maritime University and International Anti-Corruption Academy.

In 2022, on the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Collective Action Awards, Cecilia represented MACN, winner of the category Outstanding Achievement in Collective Action.

Phrommet Bencharongkit

Mr. Phrommet is currently serving as the Project Director at Thai Private Sector Collective Action Against Corruption (ThaiCAC), where he is responsible for overseeing the overall strategy and operations of ThaiCAC. He has more than 20 years of work experience in different roles, including Business Consultant, Strategic Planning and Development, Marketing Research, and Corporate Assessment. He has worked with government agencies, the private sector, and international organizations. Moreover, he has extensive knowledge and expertise in the organisation's anti-corruption planning.

In 2023, on the occasion of the Asia-Pacific Anti-Corruption Collective Action Award, Phrommet represented ThaiCAC, winner of the award.

Vanessa Hans

Vanessa Hans is Head of Private Sector at the Basel Institute on Governance. She has held the position since July 2022, having first joined the Basel Institute in January 2020 as Private Sector Specialist.
Prior to joining the Institute, Vanessa was the Managing Director of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Philippines. She has several years of experience advising companies on corporate social responsibility as well as international development strategies. Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from HEC Montreal and a Masters in Corporate Social Responsibility from the University of Nottingham.

Past Awards

Asia-Pacific Collective Action Award 2023

Asia-Pacific Anti Corruption Collective Action Award 2023

Southern Africa Collective Action Award 2023

Southern Africa Anti Corruption Collective Action Forum 2023

Anti-Corruption Collective Action Awards 2022

Celebrating inspiring and outstanding anti-corruption Collective Action initiatives