Legal Requirements for a Whistleblower Scheme

Below you you find a simplified breakdown of the legal requirements regarding whistleblower protection laws in the European Union, United Kingdom, USA, Canada and Australia.

Internally documented whistleblower policy

Internal written procedures

Processing plan for reported cases

Communication to employees

Internal & knowledgeable whistleblower committee

Confidential & anonymous communication channel

Internally documented whistleblower policy

Processing plan for reported cases

Internal written procedures

Communication to employees

Internal & chosen whistleblower committee

Anonymous communication

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Risk of fines after Dec 17, 2023

As of December 17, 2023, all companies with more than 50 employees must have an anonymous whistleblower scheme in place.

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What can be reported?

Suspicion or knowledge of illegal, unethical, or irregular behavior within or around the company.

How to report?

Reporting and follow-up are easily done through Whistleblowerr™'s intuitive user interface, both for confidential and anonymous reports.

Anonymous reporting

Anonymous reports are allowed in a whistleblower scheme to increase trust in the system, but they can also make investigations
and case resolution more challenging.

Who can report?

Any employee, consultant, supplier, or other person associated with the company, as well as customers, clients, or other stakeholders.

Serious violations of the law

I.e. Financial irregularities, corruption, violations of occupational health and safety
laws, breaches of data protection regulations, and violations of competition rules.

A shared security

Confidentiality and protection against adverse consequences are two of the key security measures to safeguard the individuals who report.