The EU Whistleblowing Directive in Ireland
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Whistleblowing

The Protected Disclosures (Amendment) Act 2022. Whistleblowing EU Directive in Ireland

Ireland is preparing to implement the Protected Disclosures (Amendment) Act 2022 which dramatically expands who is covered by whistleblowing laws. Additionally, the act places the burden of proof on employers in cases involving suspected retaliation against the whistleblower. Under the law, every organization with 50 employees or more must establish formal channels and procedures for “protected disclosures” (AKA whistleblowing). The act also expands the list of those protected to include job applicants, volunteers, shareholders, and board members. Employers must monitor the whistleblowing channels, follow up on reports, and give feedback on all communication received via these channels.  Finally, if someone believes they were punished for whistleblowing, it is incumbent on the company to prove their actions(such as firing or docking of hours) were not retaliatory. Get ready for January 1st, 2023Ireland and the Whistleblower legislationIreland is the 11th country to adopt a new law by implementing the EU Whistleblowing Directive. The new whistleblowing legislation will go into effect on January 1st, 2023. Get a secure and anonymous whistleblowing channel for whistleblowers to help them speak up and meet requirements by Irish national law. Whistleblowing system in IrelandAll private sector organizations with more than 50 employees are obliged to provide an internal whistleblowing system. FaceUp offers the #1 rated whistleblowing system: 👉 Irish whistleblowing law and GDPR compliant, ISO certified.  👉 Whistleblowers are able to report anonymously - writing and orally. 👉 5 minutes implementation without the need for IT department. 👉 Administration and completely customizable form, both available in 113 languages.  👉 Secured with 2FA, E2E encryption, and penetration testing. 👉 Cooperation with partners - psychologists, lawyers, etc. And we offer much more! How FaceUp can help you to comply with the EU Whistleblowing Directive in Ireland? Get a 1-to-1 demo.
2022-11-24T08:49:12.360Z1 min read
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FaceUp Takes Home Compliance Management Software Accolade From Leading B2B Platform

FaceUp recently received an esteemed industry award from a leading B2B review platform, proving the brand’s top-of-the-line and superior performance as a compliance management software.  FinancesOnline, one of the most respected software review platforms today, presented FaceUp with a Rising Star Award, recognizing our brand’s rising user base and fast-growing popularity. The award is given to considerably new software products that have gained market validation over a brief period.  Among other parameters, FinancesOnline examined the substantial volume of positive comments and social mentions on our platform as a mark of user satisfaction. The FinancesOnline software reviewers also authored a comprehensive FaceUp review and concluded that it exhibits robust features to help business leaders succeed. They also evaluated our support agents and found our staff knowledgeable and responsive.   The software reviewers acknowledged our product’s usability and comprehensiveness in their assessment. Among the FaceUp features they highlighted are its intuitive interface, report form, and management.  Their report mentioned how the software’s intuitive interface allows companies to set up their account structure according to their sections or departments and add members. In addition, it lets users add their members to specific reporting categories. The reviewers also noted how the platform enables organizations to generate a unique access code that employees or students can sign into. If you’re facing a more sensitive case, such as psychological or corruption issues, you can delegate those to external specialists. However, they can only access information related to the concern.  Besides these functions, the expert reviewers lauded the report form feature, which offers an anonymous option. It guarantees anonymity for students or employees who want to report a problem and lets them reveal their identity if they want to. In addition, anyone who wishes to bring up an issue can send their reports through forms or voice messages with attachments. Furthermore, they don’t have to worry since the platform conforms with the whistleblower protection laws and the General Data Protection Regulation. In addition, the report management feature enables two-way communication with the individual reporting a concern. This will let the person handling the case verify with the whistleblower any further details they need. In case they receive manual documents, they can add them to the tool and record all reports.  A recent study forecasts the global compliance management software market to reach $74.8 billion by the year 2028. That’s a compound annual growth rate of 10.9% from the year 2021. With the demand for the solution increasing, it’s no surprise that FaceUp, with its cutting-edge capabilities, is becoming one of the most reliable compliance management software.  All these features are what review platforms seek in their list of top compliance management software today. FaceUp would like to thank FinancesOnline for acknowledging our dedicated efforts. Receiving recognition from reputable organizations such as this one drives us to do even better at delivering premium compliance management solutions.  We also would like to thank the devoted teams who have trusted us with their compliance management needs. Rest assured that we will keep on delivering trustworthy services and develop more features in the future so you can enhance your total experience and fulfillment with our platform. We look forward to more decades of collaboration with you and supporting you to maximize your team management efforts.     
2022-11-24T08:38:21.350Z3 min read
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Whistleblowing
Compliance

6 disasters you can avoid using whistleblowing compliance management software

The biggest reason why there are huge issues with whistleblowing compliance management software is that it is too complex for less savvy people to deal with. It takes years for someone who does not have the knowledge to understand the internal and external whistleblowers mechanisms. These systems can take a lot of time and effort from the employees and could end up doing more harm than good if not used properly. Whether you have or haven’t managed whistleblowing in business, this article is for you. We'll explain how whistleblowing compliance management software can help your organization reduce the time it takes to identify and manage complaints before they become public, as well as reduce potential risks to your organization. Legal and Regulatory NoncomplianceA whistleblower is a person who reports any form of wrongdoing from inside an organization. The term is most commonly used to refer to employees who report illegal activities by their employers or co-workers, such as fraud, corruption and tax evasion. Whistleblowing compliance is one of the biggest challenges in today’s business world, particularly to a business’s reputation and bottom line. In fact, it can lead to severe financial penalties and even jail time for those responsible, but it doesn't have to. Whistleblowers are often the first line of defense against fraud and corruption in an organization. They provide critical visibility into operations that can help identify risks early on. Fortunately, using whistleblowing compliance management software improves compliance by allowing you to identify noncompliance issues early on. It also enables you to take corrective action before they become major problems for your organization. Lack of Visibility Into OperationsAnother critical challenge to managing fraud is the lack of visibility into operations. Many companies don’t have the necessary tools or processes in place to monitor employee activities. This can lead to costly mistakes and missed opportunities for fraud prevention and control. This lack of visibility into operations is often caused by an organization’s failure to implement the appropriate technology solutions or processes. This can be a problem for businesses in any industry because fraud and corruption are present in all types of organizations. It’s difficult to know whether employees are following compliance protocols or if fraud is occurring. To combat this, organizations must find a way to monitor their employees and processes closely. When a company has limited visibility into its operations, whistleblowers serve as the eyes and ears for management to ensure compliance with laws and regulations. But with whistleblowing software in place, employees are no longer needed to report fraud or corruption. The software provides real-time data that can be used to detect and prevent fraud, so organizations no longer need to rely on whistleblowers. Organizations should implement compliance software to increase transparency and visibility into their operations. Fraud and Inaccurate ReportsFraud and inaccurate reports can be costly for an organization, especially in regulated industries. It’s estimated that fraud costs the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars each year, and it can be difficult for companies to detect this type of wrongdoing. With a whistleblowing app, organizations can readily eliminate these issues by providing real-time data on operational processes and transactions. Real-time information can be used to identify potential problems early on and prevent them from happening again. This allows organizations to uncover fraud before it gets too far along. Customer information is an example of commonly-compromised company data, even for small businesses. If your CRM tool doesn’t have reliable security to safeguard customer information, your CRM system can be susceptible to fraud. This is why you should choose a crm software for small business with robust security features to help prevent fraud and safeguard customer information. Mishandling of a whistleblower complaintSometimes, companies need to deal with whistleblower complaints. If a whistleblower is accusing an organization of violating the law, it’s important for the business to handle these cases correctly so that it doesn’t face any legal repercussions. Compliance software can help organizations manage whistleblower complaints by providing them with real-time data on how often they receive them, who submitted them, and why. This data can also be used to identify trends in their industry and find ways to prevent violations from occurring again. Whistleblower complaint mishandling can also be prevented by training employees on how to handle these complaints. Compliance software can help with this by providing training materials that can be accessed by all employees to ensure everyone is on the same page. If a whistleblower complaint is submitted, the company can easily search its database for similar complaints and use that information to determine how to handle the case. If a case is not being handled properly or there are any signs of retaliation against an employee who filed a complaint, this information can easily be flagged and reported to human resources or other relevant departments within the organization. A whistleblower suffers retaliationEmployer retaliation is illegal under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and can lead to serious consequences for the company, including fines of up to $100,000. The legal whistleblowing system protects a whistleblower from retaliation by an employer in the form of losing his or her job, demotion or other adverse action. Retaliation may take various forms, but the most common retaliation is a reduction in pay or hours of work. Under the law, employers are prohibited from taking certain actions against whistleblowers. However, reasons such as the “onlooker effect” and fear of retaliation prevent 75% of employees from reporting corporate fraud. To address any form of retaliation, you can use whistleblowing compliance management software to help you manage the reporting of fraud, waste and abuse. This tool can also enable your employees to anonymously report fraud or misconduct without fear of retaliation. It can also automatically locate relevant information related to the incident and store it in a secure location.  With a compliance management software solution, you can protect yourself and your organization from legal action. This is done by monitoring whistleblowers and taking steps to ensure they’re not retaliated against for reporting fraud. Low Employee MoralePoor employee morale can be a huge problem in any organization, and it can have a significant impact on the success of your business. It can lead to disengagement, higher turnover rates, and lower productivity, which costs companies money. A 2021 Gallup survey on employee engagement found that 74% of American workers are actively disengaged in their work. Research also shows that low employee morale can lead to increased absenteeism, higher turnover rates, lower productivity and even fraud. If employees are not happy with their job or management, they will likely not perform well. Workers' morale, productivity, and loyalty to a company can improve if they feel empowered by having an anonymous way to report wrongdoing and know their reports are being acted upon. Compliance management software can also help ensure your employees know what they can and cannot do with respect to whistleblowing, as well as how to handle any issues that may arise. Witnessing fraudulent business activities adversely affects employee morale. To keep people engaged and loyal, you must create an excellent workplace environment. This involves providing extensive financial and non-monetary benefits. Career advancement opportunities like training and development programs are proven efficient in fostering employee engagement. To ensure you use the right LMS solution for these initiatives, it’s best to consult trusted software marketplaces and read unbiased iSpring, Dacedo, or TalentLMS reviews. Image from Unsplash. Whistleblowing compliance management software is an absolute mustWith a whistleblower compliance management system like FaceUp Whistleblowing System, employees can handle their company’s sensitive information without having to worry about leaking it. They can easily report allegations of wrongdoing and violations of company policy instead of keeping them to themselves.  The software helps you to manage your company’s data, reduce the risk of security breaches, and make sure that your employees know what they can and cannot do when it comes to whistleblowing. So if you want to keep your company safe from these disasters, then using compliance management software is an excellent idea.
2022-11-15T15:16:07.653Z7 min read
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Whistleblowing
Corporate culture

What is our clients’ experience of using FaceUp?

We love hearing from our clients about how the introduction of FaceUp has worked well and how it’s helping them improve their company culture. We are often asked how FaceUp works in practice, so we’ve asked some of our clients about their specific experiences. SPORTISIMOSport equipment retailer SPORTISIMO has more than 200 stores across 5 countries and employs over 4,000 people. The company’s management assumed that they wouldn't receive especially serious reports. After a year of using our platform, the reality is that their reports don’t reference fraud or serious problems, but instead contain suggestions or requests which have proven to be worth addressing: “For example, someone asked if we might be able to change the music that plays in our stores more frequently. Another employee asked why we don’t have a women’s version of a popular type of men’s size 42 shoes. At first glance, they may appear to be rather mundane issues which management don’t see due to their professional blindness, but addressing these things leads to a happier workforce,” explains Thomas Rodney. SPORTISIMO receives an average of 15 reports per month and many of them are ideas of how to improve things from employees who are too shy to speak up in person.   Brno-Centre Municipal OfficeThe introduction of FaceUp was also extremely important for the Brno-Centre Municipal Office. Their management were concerned that the option to send reports anonymously would result in slander. However, this didn’t materialise. Thanks to FaceUp, their management learnt of a case of long-term bullying in the workplace and were able to successfully resolve the issue.  A slightly unexpected albeit useful dimension that FaceUp gave us was in the area of labour relations. We received several anonymous reports from employees about bullying. After an investigation, we terminated our working relationship with one of the heads of a large department of the Brno-Centre Municipal Office and in another case we placed several employees under different leadership. This then led to increased overall productivity in this office,” describes Peter Stika, secretary at the Brno-Centre Municipal Office.  ADvTechADvTECH is South Africa’s largest private education provider. All of ADvTECH’s 7 580 staff members, teachers, lecturers and students between Grades 4 and 12 at its 96 schools throughout South Africa has access to the app. "Using FaceUp, reports that have come through have been resolved far more efficiently than any other platform or method we have used in the past. Another advantage is that reporters can track what is happening with their report and the status of any investigations that are taking place. Our experience has been excellent, " says Vanessa Crawford, HR Manager at ADvTech. AKKAIndustrial company AKKA produces tools, systems and components for the automobile, railway and aviation industries. They decided to implement FaceUp to be able to communicate better with their employees and get feedback from them: “It was about connecting management with workers. We used to hold regular meetings, but no one raised anything. Now, before each event we invite employees to use FaceUp to tell us what’s on their mind. People really do send in questions which gives us a point of discussion for the meetings.” Vitkovice Steel Vitkovice Steel is a steel company which operates out of the Vitkovice ironworks in Ostrava and employs 900 people. After introducing a whistleblowing platform, their employees started sending around 5-7 reports a month. The reports were mainly generic queries or people seeking reassurance. For example, employees checked if they had correctly understood management communications.  FaceUp is helping to improve their company culture - just after they introduced the platform, 70% of people wrote reports anonymously, now that’s down to just 30%. Employees have understood that they really can ask anything and are no longer scared to write under their own name.  What are companies generally facing? According to our clients, these are the issues most commonly shared by their employees through FaceUp in recent years: When war broke out in Ukraine, many employees started to worry for the future of the company and their own work position. When companies go through a restructuring (for example, after an acquisition), employees asked about new processes, flagged points of confusion, and expressed their concerns for the future. The Covid-19 pandemic brought with it a wide range of measures and regulations which companies had to communicate to their employees. Employees then asked about regulations details or checked if they had understood the information correctly.  Do you need advice on how to effectively introduce a whistleblowing platform? 
2022-07-25T10:01:07.045Z4 min read
Brno-střed
Whistleblowing

"After investigating several reports through FaceUp we terminated our working relationship with a head of department,” reveals secretary of the Brno-Centre Municipal Office

What did the introduction of FaceUp to the Brno-Centre Municipal Office bring? And why has there been an increase in overall productivity across the workplace? Read our interview with the secretary of the Brno-Centre Municipal Office, Bc. Petr Štika, MBA, LL.M. First you introduced an anti-corruption hotline and then subsequently were the first authority in the Czech Republic to introduce an online whistleblowing platform. What motivated you to introduce these channels? "We started using an anonymous whistleblowing channel several years ago because we wanted to increase the city hall’s transparency and introduce an effective tool to prevent corruption. We wanted to give everyone who has been in contact with the office or the organisations of our city district and has witnessed corruption or unethical conduct to be able to report it. We imagined that the option of anonymous reporting would be used by goods or service suppliers who had been unsuccessful and maybe the employees of entrepreneurs who have worked with our city district. We assumed that these target groups in particular would be fearful of reporting suspicious activities that they might have witnessed.” Why did you switch from an anti-corruption hotline to a whistleblowing platform and what do you see as the differences between the two?“A fundamental and significant difference between the two is that when a whistleblower submits a report through a whistleblowing platform you can keep communicating with them, provide feedback, and clarify their report. When reporting through a whistleblowing platform a whistleblower can stay anonymous, the system generates a numerical code with which they can log into their report, receive feedback, add to their report, and maintain contact with the recipient of the report.” How has the introduction of this channel gone for you? What has it improved?“The introduction of an anonymous whistleblowing channel has worked out really well for us. Originally we only thought of it as a tool for preventing corrupt conduct. Nevertheless, whistleblowers do use the tool. We have already received several dozen reports through it. At the beginning we were a little concerned from an ethical standpoint that the ability to send anonymous reports through the channel would result in slander and abuse. But this did not materialise. The reports that we have received so far have been relatively factual and concrete. We were able to investigate them and come to objective conclusions. Thanks to these reports we have also taken a range of other measures. From this perspective, it is an excellent tool for improvement. However, we are prepared for slanderous reports, that is whose goal is not to draw attention to breaches of the law but to unfairly damage someone’s name through the whistleblower’s actions. From my many years of experience in leadership positions I know that the only way to effectively combat slander is to fully investigate, and if the claim is false, fully refute it. That way you clear the person’s name who the slander was aimed at and you maintain good internal culture within your organisation. This is why an anonymous channel is suitable.  After investigating several reports we terminated our working relationship with the head of a large department of the Brno-Centre Municipal Office. What is interesting is that overall productivity then increased in this workplace.  A slightly unexpected albeit useful dimension that we have obtained from the anonymous whistleblowing channel is in the area of labour relations. We received several anonymous reports from employees about bullying. We took this very seriously, as our work environment is very important to us. After their investigation, we terminated our working relationship with one of the heads of a large department of the Brno-Centre Municipal Office and in another case we placed several employees under different leadership. Thanks to this anonymous whistleblowing channel we were able to create better working conditions for our employees. What was interesting is that overall productivity then increased in this workplace.”
2022-06-08T08:13:33.000Z3 min read
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Whistleblowing
Corporate culture

Thanks to FaceUp, our employees send us 15 relevant suggestions each month, enthuses SPORTISIMO HR Director.

Sports equipment retailer SPORTISIMO has more than 200 stores in 5 countries and employs more than 4,000 people. In order for employees to be able to anonymously send in suggestions of how they might improve the way the company runs, they introduced the online tool FaceUp at the beginning of 2021. Company HR Director Thomas Rodney is delighted with that decision.  Extremely useful, albeit less serious, reportsFaceUp is an online platform created especially for the anonymous reporting of unfair or illegal conduct within companies (also known as ‘whistleblowing’). However, employees can also use the tool to make less serious suggestions to help improve the company, which happens very often in practice.  “SPORTISIMO is open to employee feedback, which is why we carry out a survey each month, asking staff about a predetermined issue. We introduced FaceUp as more of a complementary tool, a hotline through which people can anonymously raise a given matter. To be truthful, we only expected to receive a small number of reports, for example about serious breaches of internal regulations or even law breaking,” recalls Thomas Rodney. However the reality was quite the opposite. During a year of operation, SPORTISIMO employees submitted over 180 reports. That’s an average of 15 per month. The majority of these reports were in fact not about serious matters, but more everyday issues. But they were still extremely valuable.  “For example, one person suggested that we change the music in our stores more often. Another employee asked why we don’t have a women’s version of a popular men’s size 42 shoe. At first glance they might be dismissed as trivial, things which management is blind to, but it’s worth dealing with them as it leads to higher employee satisfaction,” continues Thomas Rodney. Initial fears of misuse of the tool quickly disappearedFaceUp is particularly praised for the simplicity of its implementation and use. “FaceUp has made our work a lot easier. The application interface and all materials are translated into five languages and they have even prepared marketing materials such as flyers. As a result, we’ve been able to introduce FaceUp into all our stores in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary,” added Rodney, who has worked for SPORTISIMO for five years. FaceUp is a simple online whistleblowing platform, which an employee can learn to use within a couple of minutes. Initial fears that FaceUp wouldn’t be used or that employees would abuse it by overwhelming it with nonsense reports proved to be unfounded. “It didn’t happen even once. The overwhelming majority of reports are really relevant, they quickly reach the appropriate person and in turn we resolve the matter. Through FaceUp you can communicate further with the person who sent the report, albeit anonymously, should you need further details or clarification. More straightforward issues we’re able to deal with in 24 hours, the more complex ones within a week or two. Most conversations end with the author of the report thanking us for dealing with the issue,” reveals Thomas Rodney. Thomas Rodney has no doubt that he would recommend FaceUp to other companies: "I absolutely recommend FaceUp to any company which, like us, has a number of branches over a large area, for instance over several countries. In such an environment it can be difficult to systematically collect feedback from employees, but thanks to this anonymous platform, it is possible,” he concludes. 
2022-05-02T20:36:11.428Z3 min read
Onlooker efect
Uncategorized
Whistleblowing

The onlooker effect and other reasons people don’t report unethical conduct

More than half of a company’s employees who witness unethical or illegal conduct hide it from their superiors. However, nearly 75% admit that they would share information regarding fraud with an external party such as the media, the police, or a lawyer. As an example, this exactly what happened to Škoda Auto when in 2019 a severe case of workplace bullying came to light. The media heard of stories of regular employees locking their agency colleagues in crates and putting laxatives in their coffee. In the best case scenario, unreported problems can result in a media scandal, in the worst case they end up in court.  The start of whistleblowing in the EUA fundamental change in the area of whistleblowing in the EU is being brought about by EU directive EU 2019/1937 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law. In relation to the directive becoming law, all private companies with more than 50 employees must implement internal reporting channels for the reporting of inappropriate behaviour or fraud by the 31st March 2022. The rules are quite strict - the whistleblower must be able to report their issue anonymously, their safety must be ensured, and the company must respond to the complaint within the designated time frame. Why are people reluctant to report unethical conduct?The onlooker effectVery often we see the presence of the so-called ‘onlooker effect’. In such cases, the employee doesn’t report anything because they assume somebody else will. The onlooker effect is a paradoxical psychological phenomenon which shows that the more people present at a dangerous or hostile situation, the less likely someone is to intervene.  In 1960, psychologists Bibb Latané and Judith Rodin carried out an experiment. Columbia University students were invited to a room where they were to fill in a questionnaire in the presence of an assistant. After a while, the assistant announced that she would be right back and went into the next room. After four minutes, she played a recording of a fictional fall, where she moans that she has broken her ankle. The recording was set to play until one of the subjects came to help her or until a minute passed. How did it turn out? 70% of the students rushed to the assistant’s aid if they were alone in the roomIf there were two students in the room, 40% decided to helpAs the number of participants increased (including people who agreed to passively participate in the experiment) those who chose to help fell to an unbelievable 7%The results of similar experiments show that people respond to emergency situations more slowly in the presence of others. No single person feels responsible for dealing with the crisis situation.  FearBesides the fact that people who report unethical activities in the workplace are often labelled snitches, they face the threat of retaliation on the part of colleagues or their superiors. People have to face the internal fear of rejection and also that of losing their job, ostracisation by their colleagues and other consequences.  The absence of a secure reporting systemThe reluctance of employees to report unethical or fraudulent activities in their company is due, among other things, to the lack of a reporting system which would allow them to simply and safely report such behaviour. Telephone hotlines, emails and physical boxes are a thing of the past and, what’s more, they don’t guarantee 100% safety and anonymity which is key in such cases.  How to effectively introduce a whistleblowing platform into your company?All of these barriers can be reduced through the introduction of a company reporting tool. The basis is transparent communication with employees. Those in management positions need to clearly explain why they are introducing a reporting system into the company, what they expect in relation to it, and, above all, how people should use it.  Do you have questions about how to implement a company reporting tool? Would you like to see FaceUp in action? Book a no obligation consultation with one of our specialists. 
2022-03-29T18:46:38.105Z3 min read
Protecting whistleblowers pays off handsomely for companies
Compliance
Whistleblowing

5 reasons why it pays off to introduce a whistleblowing system

Whistleblowing is most often associated with the fight against corruption, but there is much more to it. It helps companies establish a healthy and ethical environment, gain an edge over competitors, and protect themselves against reputational damage. Whistleblowing also has significant societal benefits, protects the public interest, and has prevented a number of unpleasant situations in recent years. Let's take a look at the top five reasons why it's worth your while to implement a whistleblowing system.  1. Protect your company's reputation Unless employees have a tool that allows them to easily, safely, and anonymously raise concerns about unfair or illegal conduct, they will usually keep quiet about such issues or go public with the information, no matter how serious. While financial losses can be made up, damage to a company's reputation can be irreversible. And yet, most problems can be easily resolved through a reporting channel, meaning that management becomes aware of it in good time. A whistleblowing platform helps prevent a media storm and poor reviews on a company review portal.   2. Save money According to research by NAVEX Global, companies lose an average of 5% of their revenue due to internal fraud. A properly implemented whistleblowing platform will uncover 3x more fraud than much more costly internal audits and is one of the most effective tools for detecting unfair practice.  The benefit of a whistleblowing system is that you can learn of problems ahead of time, so that you can resolve them without paying out huge sums and avoid further financial damages. In addition, the very introduction of a whistleblowing system acts as a preventive measure. The fact that there is such a system in place in a company can deter some people from acting illegally or unfairly in the first place. 3. Reduce employee turnover Most people who decide to change jobs have a compelling reason to do so. Surprisingly, the most common reason is not the amount of financial compensation, but dissatisfaction with the atmosphere in the workplace. Whether it's the attitude of management, relationships between colleagues or other related issues, detecting them early can prevent employees from leaving. If you have a well-established whistleblowing platform, you send a strong signal that you care about employee satisfaction. They can raise their concerns with a view to having them alleviated before they decide definitively to leave their role.  4. Avoid criminal liabilityIn many countries, a properly implemented and functioning whistleblowing system helps a company to satisfy the conditions necessary to escape corporate criminal liability. Moreover, with an effective whistleblowing system, a company can obtain a range of certifications, from ISO to CSR, and it also increases its credibility in the eyes of stakeholders and international business partners. 5. Ensures EU companies meet their legal obligationsThe European Whistleblowing Directive came into force on 17 December 2021 and as such, EU companies with more than 50 employees must do the following: introduce appropriate internal and external whistleblowing channelsdesignate a person or persons to receive and assess whistleblowing,allow suppliers, candidates for employment in the company, freelancers and other similar persons who might not be deemed ‘workers’ but who may find themselves in a position of economic vulnerability in the context of their work-related activities to also submit whistleblowing reports and for the whistleblower to be notified in writing within 7 days of receipt.assess the notification and notify the reporting person of the outcome in writing within 30 days (2 extensions possible)prevent possible retaliation against whistleblowers and accept anonymous notifications.It should also be taken into account that a whistleblowing platform cannot be implemented overnight. It will take time to establish a functional and credible whistleblowing platform, train staff, and ensure that there is sufficient awareness of its existence.  Do you have any questions? Would you like to see FaceUp in action? Schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our specialists. 
2022-03-29T17:56:46.312Z3 min read
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