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The professional association for professionals in the field of Ethics, Compliance, and Integrity

SINCE 2001

Welcome to the VCO

Attention to compliance, ethics and integrity has become an important societal topic over the years. Cross sector. National and international. Cross-sector. National and international. For the private and public domain. For the common good.

For more than 20 years, VCO has been the professional association for professionals focused on Ethics, Compliance, and Integrity. VCO offers a public platform with access to expertise and tools to increase awareness of the focus areas. We often do this in collaboration with our Partners.

Our mission is: ‘Developing, promoting and, protecting the professional focused on Ethics, Compliance and Integrity’.

As an expertise community, we organize monthly meetings with interesting speakers for the members, where we meet both physically and virtually. We offer support to our members within our expert groups, network, and online environment. If you have any ideas for contribution, questions or are you interested in becoming a member? Please contact us via


The Expert Groups (in Dutch 'Kennistafels') and training courses of the VCO are very valuable for our active members.

The Expert Groups (in Dutch ‘Kennistafels’) and training courses of the VCO are very valuable for our active members. The Expert Groups of VCO are an important part of our community. These expert groups discuss about socially relevant topics in the field of Ethics, Compliance, and Integrity. The Expert Groups also ensure that they share their expertise via different channels and events with all members of the VCO and beyond. For example, by writing white papers, articles and guidelines, but also by organizing webinars, seminars, and podcasts.



AGM and Summer Event

19-06-2024 | 13:30 - 21:00

Rosarium Amstelpark, Europaboulevard 1, 1083HZ Amsterdam

Zomerevent en ALV (alleen voor leden)

Voor leden | Gratis








On June 19th 2024 the Board together with the Regtech and ESG Expert Groups, led by Alena Scholten, will organize the Summer Event for all VCO members and invited guests The theme is “The connections between ESG and AI and the relevance for the EIC professional. Want to secure a spot? Then register fast!

More news about the program will follow soon!


For the AGM and the Summer Event (memebers VCO)

For the Summer Event (nonmemebers and invited guests)

Time table:

  • Start AGM: 13:30 with a sandwich
  • Start Summer Event: 15:00
  • Closing drinks
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From our partner: Risk & Compliance Jaarcongres 2024

13-06-2024 | 13:15

Landgoed Groot Kievitsdal, Baarn


Voor VCO-leden geldt een korting van 50 Euro

The Wwft: what can and should we do with it?

The program of the Risk & Compliance Jaarcongres will kick off on Thursday, June 13, 2024, starting at 1:15 p.m. The Wwft as a subject is the focus of this. Namely, the theme is “The Wwft: what can and what should we do with it?”

The Wwft is causing a lot of headaches in practice. It affects many organizations, but also private individuals, including accountants and notaries, real estate and vehicle dealers, as well as safes rental companies, among others. Banks, payment service providers, trust companies are faced with a very complicated law, the Wwft, and many people working there are wondering how to deal with it in practice.

The intent of the law is undoubtedly good, which is to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. But what about in practice? According to many, financial institutions in particular have gone a bit overboard in their fear of the various regulators. And those supervisors, there are quite a few of them. We have, of course, De Nederlandsche Bank, the Stichting Autoriteit Financiële Markten and the Bureau Financieel Toezicht, as well as the Dean (lawyers), the Ministry of Finance and the Gaming Authority. Next we encounter the phenomenon of “unusual transactions. But who determines what is unusual and what about the duty to report to the FIU?

In short, enough headaches for an interesting afternoon with keynotes Helène Erftemeijer, Simon Lelieveldt and Richard Hoff and top experts such as Robin de Jongh and Anita van Dis, among others, from the field. But science is also featured thanks to the traditional Professor Debate during the networking dinner, led by our moderator Edwin Weller. The professors who will debate with each other and the attendees are Tom Loonen and Birgit Snijder-Kuipers.

Read more here!

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From our partner NBA: Compliance and algorithms

30-01-2024 | 16:00 - 18:00

NBA, Mercuriusplein 3, 2132 HA Hoofddorp


Voor leden | Gratis

The NBA Community Compliance Officers invites VCO members to the following knowledge session: Compliance and algorithms: how can the compliance officer contribute to safe use in the world of controlled and sound business practices?

Learn more and sign up here.


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Compliance news in the crypto sector

21-03-2024 | 17:00 - 19:30

Rosarium Amstelpark, Europaboulevard 1, 1083HZ Amsterdam

Leden en niet-leden

Voor leden | Gratis, voor niet-leden 25,00

Are you a compliance professional interested in crypto? Then this seminar is the opportunity to update and broaden your knowledge on compliance topicalities facing the crypto sector. And there is more. You will meet and discuss with peers and specialists. We will offer you interesting speakers and panelists, including a senior compliance officer managing crypto assets and experts in combating crypto related money laundering and financial economic crime.

We invite you to attend the seminar Compliance news in the cryptosector organized by the FEC Expert Group of the VCO on Thursday 21 March.

Register for the seminar now here. Limited seats available.



From 16.30 hrs. Registration

17.00 hrs.: Opening by Frank Basjes

17.05 hrs.: Implementatie MiCAR and other challenges
Mauro Halve, Senior Compliance Officer at Amdax

17.35 hrs.: Financial crime risks & crypto currencies

Leon Kort and Peter Engering of Compliance Champs

18.05 hrs.: Paneldiscussion led by Maarten Ligthart with Mauro Halve, Leon Kort en Ingrid von Burg

18.35 hrs.: Closing

Until 19.30 hrs. Networking drinks with snacks and drinks


There is space for 50 participants. Please note that the seminar will be in Dutch.

  • • Members have free entry and priority registration.
  • Non-members pay € 25,00. As a non-member, you can also become a member directly via the site and then participate for free.

Register for the seminar now here. Full = Full!

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ALV and New Year Event

18-01-2024 | 15:30 - 20:00

De Groene Afslag te Laren (Amersfoortse straatweg 117)

Nieuwjaarsevent en ALV (alleen voor leden)

Voor leden, introducees en onze partners | Gratis

We warmly invite you to our New Year’s Meeting on January 18, 2024. We have interesting guest speakers, including professor and author Jan Rotmans. He will speak about his book “Embrace Chaos”.

The event starts with an AGM (for members only). The content program is open to members and other invited guests, including our partners.

Sign up for this New Year’s Meeting here!

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22-11-2023 | 16:30 - 17:30

Online via MS Teams

For over 22 years, the VCO has focused on professionals professionally involved in Ethics, Integrity and Compliance. Once originated from the Financial sector but nowadays no longer sector-specific.

Driven by many factors, the VCO is also changing. And grow to the next “level” where we share core values as a community that are contained in a Code of Professional Conduct. A Professional Code that serves as the basis for new professional competence profiles, a central registry, advocacy and other relevant topics.

The Professionalization Job Task Force has drafted a Draft Professional Code where we need your input. Finally, you as a member, stakeholder or other interested party also benefit from a clear, workable and strong Code of Professional Conduct that exudes confidence. So your opinion matters!

You will find the Code here.

We hereby cordially invite you to participate in one of the ‘Teams live’ consultations that will be held starting Oct. 31. Of course, you can also respond in writing Register here for one of the following dates:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. for members
  • Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. for members
  • Wednesday, Nov. 22 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 22 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. for those who could not attend earlier


How to proceed after consultation?

After the consultation rounds, your feedback will be processed. The final Professional Code will be presented at the VCO’s ALV in January. The AGM will be held before the New Year’s Meeting on Jan. 18. In it, we also tell you more about the next steps.

Do you have any questions or comments now? Feel free to send them to . We look forward to your feedback, in the live sessions or in writing!

Warm regards,

On behalf of the Task Force,

Richard Hoff, Supervisor
Bianca Bernecker, Group Compliance Officer / Diversity & Inclusion Ambassador
Alexander McLean, Chief Compliance Officer
Edgar Karssing, Hoogleraar Filosofie, Professional Ethics and Integrity Management
Michelle Fisser, Chairman VCO
Kim Brandon, projectmanager VCO
Tara Ditzel, projectmanager VCO

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VCO Shape VCO Shape


On Friday 7 October 2022, VCO celebrated its 20+ year anniversary.

The location, the program, speakers, and the presence of more than 160 guests made the day an unforgettable event. Inspired from multiple angles by the stage, break out, and panel sessions. Provided with ‘food for thought’ by speakers Eric Smit, Emanuel van Praag and Jack Esselink. In between, George Parker held up a mirror to us and showed us how quickly you can get into tunnel vision. All this under the leadership of chairman Michelle Fisser.

Meet and network. Ideas for new expertise groups took shape. And in line with VCO’s strategy to grow even more into the professional organization for professionals in the field of Ethics, Compliance, and Integrity. On to the next 20 years!


Working together is the key to success

To achieve our mission, we work together with external Partners. This enables us as a community to get more insights, gain support on specific fields of interest, to collect and share content, and whatever may be of interest to us and vice versa for our Partners. As a community with an independent responsibility, we want to be transparent about our Partnerships. We are always searching for more Partners who support our mission. Please contact Michelle Fisser if you are interested.

We divide the group of Partners in various groups being:
- Content partner: Netherlands Compliance Institute
- Media partner: Risk and Compliance platform Europe, Van Doorne
- Community partner: ENFCO, Norea, NBA
- Special purpose partner
- Evenement partner: BDO