Best Practices

ISO 37002: Valuable guidelines for managing whistleblowing

Responsible for receiving and responding to whistleblowing reports in an organisation?   Increasingly concerned that your whistleblower report handling will be found wanting?   You’re not alone. How you handle a whistleblowing report can have significant implications for both your organisation and your whistleblowers. It’s a growing realisation that is keeping executives up at night….

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The Merits of ‘Axe to Grind’ Whistleblowing Reports

The misuse of the word ‘malicious’ in whistleblowing laws and policies can misguide the handling of ‘axe to grind’ reports.   When Dale Horne of Whistle Blowers Ethics Hotline asked me to share my thoughts on the subject of ‘malicious reporting’ by anonymous whistleblowers, I jumped at the chance.   As an ethics consultant, I…

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Anti-deterrence: The gaping hole in your whistleblowing policy?

It takes as little as a strategic pause, a pointed look, perhaps a slight arch of the eyebrow, and the job is done. Your employees have the message loud and clear. Speak up about wrongdoing in the team, and they risk the wrath of their first-line leader.   Yes. All your efforts at creating a…

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Independent ethics hotline certification achieved for 12th year

Achieving a 12th consecutive SAFELINE-EX certification based on our performance over the past 12 months means a great deal to the Whistle Blowers Ethics Hotline team.   The challenging circumstances of 2020 put our investment in people and in advanced technology to the test – and there was no faltering in our delivery of a…

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The ABC’s of Corruption – A Fact Sheet for Every Employer

Confident that no corruption is taking place within your organisation? Or between it and your suppliers, customers and other third parties?   Whether your answer, is YES, NO, or UNSURE, your strength of confidence should be based on an unambiguous understanding of what corruption is and how it impacts your workplace or organisation.   With…

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Undertaking Workplace Investigations Into Whistleblower Reports

A striking feature of our client engagement during 2019 has been the increase in client enquiries about effective workplace investigations and how best to investigate the contents of their hotline reports.   What’s driving heightened focus on internal misconduct investigations?   This heightened focus on best practices in the undertaking of workplace investigations is in…

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Three essential insights for your whistleblowing management strategy

Strengthen your whistleblowing management strategy in 2019 with the benefit of key insights that light the path for leaders committed to creating workplace cultures of ethics and integrity.   In this article we summarize crucial outcomes from three sources published as 2018 was drawing to a close: two research studies and one case that gave…

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Why People Don’t Speak Up at Work

Why don’t people speak up at work? Someone must have known, but they failed to speak up. If they had, your financial and other losses may have been a lot less.   Surely, in an age of hard-earned business reputations being ruined in a day, and in which one large fraud can be the last…

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Dos & Don’ts Of Encouraging Employee Whistleblowing

You pride yourself on running an ethical organisation, you know that unethical conduct in your ranks is inevitable at some stage, and you would rather hear about it via your hotline than a hashtag. Regulators around the world are offering eye-watering financial incentives to insiders who lift the corporate veil on your inner dealings. Business…

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Detect and Prevent Occupational Fraud

It’s an even year, which means that all who work towards the minimisation of occupational fraud look forward to publication by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) of its biennial ‘Report to the Nations’.   The recently-released 2018 Global Study on Occupational Fraud and Abuse is based on 2690 cases in 125 countries, the…

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Applying ‘Duty to Inform Whistleblower’ Provisions of the PDA

When South Africa strengthened its Protected Disclosures Act of 2000 (‘the PDA’) in a wide-reaching Amendment Act gazetted in August 2017, it introduced an obligation on employers to provide ‘employee or worker’ whistleblowers with written feedback according to very specific time-frames.   In some instances giving feedback is an impossible and even inadvisable action, in…

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Amendments to South Africa’s Protected Disclosures Act

Are you aware of the significant additions to South Africa’s Protected Disclosures Act and their implications for your organisation? In this article we bring you the whys and whats of key amendments enacted in August 2017, equipping you to take what by now may be urgent action. It’s likely that at least one of these…

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