The Europe-wide legal obligation to protect a whistleblower’s identity may be new but safeguarding those who dare to blow the whistle has always been at the heart of our secure system, says WhistleB.
In April, the EU passed a law that will require many of Europe’s public and private companies and organisations to implement systems that enable people to report suspected illegal activities while protecting their identities. These whistleblower channels will need to comply with a specific set of requirements on security, response times, data protection and more. WhistleB is offering a simple, one-stop-shop for organisations to understand what they need to do.
“We have forward-thinking customers who are already well-positioned to comply with the new law when it comes into force, and we want to help other organisations get up-and-running quickly,” says Karin Henriksson Co-Founder and Senior Adviser at WhistleB, Whistleblowing Centre. “Our system has the highest possible security, allows for complete whistleblower anonymity from reporting to investigation, and it was one of the first to be fully GDPR compliant,” she adds.
According to the new law, whistleblowers will be protected even if they decide to report externally. Organisations are therefore advised to do everything they can to encourage employees to report internally, so that they have a chance to address and correct matters within their own walls. Employees and other stakeholders are more likely to report if they can remain anonymous, trust the security of the system, and know that their messages will be taken seriously and handled by knowledgeable teams. These are some of the principles behind the requirements of the EU Whistleblower Protection directive, but they can be complex for organisations to unravel.
Some of the insights on WhistleB’s Resource Centre are:
• Website that simplifies the meaning of the obligations with tips and advice
• Checklist of readiness questions for organisations to ask
• Upcoming recording of a webinar on what the EU Whistleblower Protection means for organisations
WhistleB is a global whistleblowing service provider and business ethics & compliance expert. We help customers to foster a safe and more transparent work environment. The WhistleB system is currently used in more than 150 countries.
WhistleB was founded in 2011. From the very beginning, our goal has been to provide a whistleblowing service with industry-leading security and user-friendliness. We are grateful for the confidence that our customers have placed in us, across all continents.