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ECEC 2021: 2nd virtual European Compliance and Ethics Conference

The ECEC 2021 (on October 6 and 7, 2021) brings together thousands of compliance and ethics professionals from all over Europe.

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    After an immensely successful conference last year, the stage is set yet again for the second virtual European Compliance and Ethics Conference (ECEC). The ECEC which brings together thousands of compliance and ethics professionals from all over Europe will be held on October 6 and 7, 2021.

    Last year, the event exceeded all expectations with over 5,000 participants and instantly established itself as the largest European conference for the entire compliance industry. Anticipating the momentum to continue this year, EQS Group expects more than 5,000 participants to join the conference to discuss the “Future of Compliance.’’ The 2021 event will see compliance experts from companies, science, and politics as well as journalists participating virtually in the various panel discussions, workshops, and expert talks.

    “The feedback following ECEC 2020 was incredible; so we quickly decided to make the conference a permanent fixture in the annual event calendar. This means that the relatively young compliance industry which is facing major challenges with increasing regulation, digitalization and globalization now has a permanent platform to exchange ideas and network across countries,” explains Achim Weick, CEO and founder of EQS Group.

    What’s in store in this year

    For this year’s European Compliance and Ethics Conference, EQS Group will move into a professional film studio in the south of Munich. From this location, our hosts will introduce keynotes and presentations, connect with speakers and conduct interviews with leading international compliance experts. One of the main topics that will be discussed is one that the compliance industry is looking on with great interest: the EU Whistleblower Directive and with it, the question of best practice in the implementation of internal reporting channels.

    In addition to the presentations, workshops and country-specific breakout sessions, the conference will also serve as a platform for networking, with its virtual lounge tables. Attendees from Munich and surrounding areas are also provided with the opportunity to exchange ideas in person at the after-show party at EQS headquarters, pandemic permitting. Journalists will also be offered digital “Backstage Talks” with various speakers.

    Speakers and sessions

    This year, the ECEC will have a line of remarkable speakers from the ethics and compliance industry, who will address the attendees in the form of keynote speeches, country-specific breakout room sessions, and panel discussions. Over the two days of the conference, more than 30 speakers will speak in as many as 25 sessions (still counting!).

    Among the several experts who will be a part of the ECEC 2021 as keynote speakers are:

    • Bradley C. Birkenfeld, whistleblower in the UBS scandal.
    • Dr Klaus Moosmayer, Member of the Executive Committee of Novartis and Chief Ethics Risk and Compliance Officer
    • Catherine De Dorlodot, Partner & Independent non-Executive Board Member, Govern & Law
    • David Bodanis, Author & Consultant | “The Art of Fairness”
    • Carina Nilles, Director Alix Partners | GIR & Capital Top 40 under 40
    • Christian Hunt, Founder & CEO, HumanRisk


    Take a look at the ECEC 2021 programme

    ECEC Award 2021

    The ECEC Award was instituted in 2020 during the first edition of the virtual conference, as a way to recognise and honour exceptional compliance efforts who are an inspiration to the worldwide compliance community.

    Our jury of experienced compliance, ethics and integrity experts will nominate projects from the several exceptional applications that we have already received. The ECEC Award will be awarded to an individual project undertaken as part of an organisation’s compliance programme which demonstrate an innovative approach and successful outcomes. This time around, the participants will decide the winner through a live voting on the first day of the conference on October 6.

    So far, we’ve received entries from Allianz SE, E.ON SE, Siemens AG, Volkswagen AG and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), to name a few.

    Last year, the ECEC Award went to France’s La Poste Group, for two of their compliance projects – the Ethics Barometer and the MyEtic App. Read more about their winning projects in our blog article.

    Premier: Whistleblowing Report 2021

    One of the main highlights of the conference this year is the official launch of EU Whistleblowing Report 2021.

    The representative study with more than 1,000 participants examines to what extent companies in Germany, France, Great Britain, and Switzerland are affected by illegal and unethical actions and how they use whistleblowing systems as a preventive measure. The report will also provide insights into how companies can design and communicate effective whistleblowing systems. Take a look at the Whistleblowing Report 2019.

    Get your free ECEC 2021 ticket

    Check out the ECEC 2021 programme schedule, get detailed information about the keynote speakers and the different sessions and get your free ticket.

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