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Time to set up the channels
Internal whistleblowing channels to promote reporting

We hear about whistleblowers because they turn to media to report wrongdoings of the company or organisation in which they are employed. But whistleblowers turn to the public only in rare cases. The vast majority tries to address the matter internally. Implementation of internal reporting channels is a key component of the EU Whistleblower Protection Directive adopted in 2019. In two panel debates with stakeholders involved in establishing internal reporting channels in private & public companies we explore the issue.

Panel 1: Experiences with internal reporting channels
Establishing adequate reporting channels is a complex undertaking and needs often a change in company culture. In this panel we discuss with trade union representatives and representatives of the management of private companies or public services their experience of setting up internal channels. What was their motivation? What were the challenges and what still needs to be improved? But also, what did improve and why?

Pedro Mures Baena, Nokia Spain & UGT
Anna Sollien, Norwegian Police service & Norwegian Police Federation
Sofia Lencart Pimentel, Central Bank of Portugal
Olinda Maria Matinho Gonçalves Rio, Ministry of Education and Science of Portugal & SINTAP/UGT
Yntse Koenen, Ministry of Justice of the Netherlands & FNV

Panel 2: Third party providers of whistleblowing tools
Companies have the possibility to outsource the internal channels to third party providers. On one hand these third party providers have experience and infrastructure in place, on the other hand it raises questions about data privacy and protection. This discussion looks into different angles of third party providers of internal whistleblowing channels.

Jan Tadeusz Stappers, WhistleB
Dave Lewis, Middlesex University
Zuzanna Kopaczyńska-Grabiec, Wonga.pl
Maarten Van Knippenberg, ZNA – Ziekenhuis Netwerk Antwerpen

This project is supported by the European Commission

Mar 26, 2021 10:00 AM in Brussels

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