WhistleB, Whistleblowing centre

WhistleB says new EU Whistleblower Protection law is a game-changer but businesses can do more

Share

A significant change in EU law is expected to receive final approval today 7 October 2019. Never before has whistleblowing been given such legitimacy, says WhistleB, the Sweden-based global whistleblowing service provider.

Under the new law, for the first-time companies with 50 employees or more will need to provide internal channels for people to report misconduct. The law also protects employees and others against retaliation when they report on misconduct, such as corruption and product safety.

“We welcome greater protection of whistleblowers. Companies also have everything to gain from uncovering misconduct earlier and managing it internally, professionally and preventatively. But we know they can do more to protect their business,” says Gunilla Hadders, Co-Founder at WhistleB.

For example, WhistleB’s 2019 Customer Survey shows that 50% of all the reports that customers receive are about corruption or harassment. However, the new law does not protect those that report harassment. “Harassment clearly touches many individuals and workplaces daily so company leaders should also be clear that reporting it will help them make the workplace safer,” says Karin Henriksson, the other Co-Founder at WhistleB.

The new directive states that the reporting channels should keep the whistleblower’s identity confidential. “Experience shows us clearly that anonymity is a decisive factor in encouraging people to blow the whistle. It is essential for effective and correct investigations. That’s why companies should allow anonymous reporting and dialogue. If they aim for excellence in whistleblowing processes. Anonymity will remain the most effective way of whistleblower protection”, explains Gunilla Hadders.

Keywords

Contacts

Links

About WhistleB, Whistleblowing centre

WhistleB, Whistleblowing centre
WhistleB, Whistleblowing centre
Klarabergsviadukten 70
10724 Stockholm

+46 70 214 88 73http://www.whistleb.com

WhistleB is a European whistleblowing service provider and business ethics & compliance expert. The WhistleB system is currently used in more than 150 countries, including all EU countries.

Subscribe to releases from WhistleB, Whistleblowing centre

Subscribe to all the latest releases from WhistleB, Whistleblowing centre by registering your e-mail address below. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Latest releases from WhistleB, Whistleblowing centre

Anonymitet är en förutsättning för att uppmuntra visselblåsare visar ny undersökning från WhistleB26.3.2020 10:06:01 CETPressmeddelande

I sin femte årliga kundundersökning kring visselblåsande inom organisationer har WhistleB frågat sina kunder om hur de använder sina visselblåsarsystem och hur rapporterna har sett ut. Finansiella oegentligheter toppar återigen listan över typer av misskötsel och återfanns i drygt 30 procent av rapporterna tillsammans med arbetsplats-, hälso- och säkerhetsproblem. Upp till 60 procent av rapporterna ledde till vidare åtgärder.

Anonymity essential to trust in whistleblowing, according to new WhistleB customer survey23.3.2020 15:26:18 CETPress release

Organisations say that good communication about the whistleblowing procedure as well as anonymous reporting and dialogue are key factors for building trust in their whistleblowing systems. Also, more than half of all reports received led to further action. These are some of the key findings from WhistleB’s fifth annual customer survey on whistleblowing, released today.

WhistleBs tjänst: ett litet steg för ert företag, men ett stort steg för näringslivet21.1.2020 16:18:14 CETPressmeddelande

2019. Året då världen firade 50-årsdagen av mänsklighetens första steg på en annan planet. Det var också året då en ung svensk tonåring startade en global rörelse för att bekämpa klimatförändringarna. Inom visselblåsning antog EU ett nytt, avgörande direktiv för skydd av visselblåsare som i princip gör det till ett lagkrav för företag att vara etiska.