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Whistleblowing

The purpose of this Whistleblowing course is to create awareness about the important role employees and others associated with organisations have in reporting wrongdoing. The course identifies some of the types of activities that should be reported and explains how both internal and external reports can be made. The course also introduces some of the legal protections afforded to whistleblowers and highlights specific legislation in certain countries. What to expect after a report is made is discussed, as are anonymity and confidentiality when making a report.

Geography Covered: Global | Duration: 40 minutes

Summary

Whistleblowers — people, typically on the inside of an organisation, who report inappropriate conduct — have played important roles throughout history, from reporting prisoner abuse during the American Revolution to corporate whistleblowers who report highly complex transactions that might otherwise have gone undetected. By encouraging individuals to report corrupt, fraudulent, unethical, illegal, or otherwise inappropriate behavior, organisations foster transparency and honesty and are provided with an opportunity to correct bad behaviour.

As insiders within an organisation, whistleblowers play an important role in identifying misconduct that the organisation and regulators might otherwise be unaware of. According to a survey on global economic crime and fraud published in 2020, more than half of the more than 5,000 respondents had experienced fraud in their organisations within the prior 24 months. Almost 40% of fraud involved an internal perpetrator, and 20% involved collusion between an internal perpetrator and an external one. Customers were the top external perpetrators (26%), and vendors and suppliers accounted for 19% of them. Organisations in the survey experienced USD 42 billion in losses due to fraud in the prior two years. Entities that are the subject of internal fraud and misbehaviour can face civil and criminal fines, loss of business, harm to their reputation, and disruption to their business as management becomes distracted as it becomes aware of and then has to correct the misconduct.

Individuals aware of organisational misconduct need to know how to alert appropriate people within the organisation or regulators outside it. They also need to know the sort of misconduct that should be reported and how their report will be handled. In a similar vein, organisations need to have the capacity to field whistleblower reports and to conduct investigations into misconduct. Whistleblowers need to know how they can make an anonymous report and whether their confidentiality will be maintained should they decided to step forward.

Whistleblowers also need to be protected against retaliation, and all employees need to be aware that they should not retaliate against whistleblowers who make good-faith reports about misconduct.

Many jurisdictions have whistleblower laws in place that provide protections to whistleblowers and establish processes for whistleblowers to report inappropriate behaviour. Regulators also may be attentive to the compliance programmes organisations have in place and whether those include a hotline and other measures enabling employees and others to report misconduct.

  • The topics covered in the course include:

    • Impact of Whistleblowers
    • Reportable Misconduct
    • Reporting Process
    • After a report Is Made
    • Nonretaliation
    • Legal Protections
  • Like with all our courses, the Whistleblowing training courses are written by experts and powered by world-leading regulatory intelligence, which tracks more than 900 regulators and exchanges globally to ensure the course content is always up to date.

    All our training courses are driven by practical examples and interactive scenarios to ensure users truly understand and recognize the issues of most importance to your business and learn to instinctively act to support them.

    We employ instructional design techniques optimized for risk and compliance training, enabling your business to educate in a way that reduces risk and helps you build a culture of integrity and compliance.

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