Customer Study on Organisational whistleblowing, 2016

Whistleblowing is rising further up the compliance and ethics agenda as one of the most effective tools for combatting corruption. However, even in the Nordics, considered to be one of the least corrupt regions in the world, blowing the whistle remains an uncomfortable step for a person to take – for fear of repercussion.

To encourage more people to report suspected corporate wrongdoing, new regulations are being introduced across Europe. In Sweden a new law for stronger whistleblower rights will come into force on January 1st 2017. In Norway employers are now obliged to establish policies for internal notification of wrongdoing. At a European level, the updated EU General Data Protection Regulation that will be introduced in May 2018 will further protect whistleblower personal data.

Against this background, WhistleB carried out a survey of our customers during the summer of 2016, which was subsequently updated in November 2016. How is whistleblowing currently handled within Swedish organisations that have an established whistleblowing service? And what can an organisation expect to gain from a whistleblowing service?