- Whistleblowing stems from British policemen using the whistle when calling for help during ongoing crimes.
- Roger Boisjoly blew the whistle regarding imperfections in the space shuttle Challenger. He was suppressed and the space shuttle exploded in the air.
- Corruption scandals paved the way for stronger legislation on corporate governance, including Whistleblowing, for example:
- The USA: Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 requires all listed companies in the US to offer a whistleblowing service to their employees.
- The EU: The guidelines on Whistleblowing expressed in Article 29 from 2006 states that whistleblowing is an effective system to fight misconduct.
- The UK: The Bribery Act of 2010 states that management and the board are responsible to take preventive actions against corruption.