Ethics hotline whistleblowing

What is an ethics hotline?

ja .jpeg

Helena Jezkova

7/19/20232 min read

An ethics hotline is a way for employees or other company stakeholders to report instances of wrongdoing or offer suggestions for improvements. An ethics hotline used to simply refer to a physical phone line that was used for whistleblowing, whereas now the meaning has expanded to include whistleblowing software more generally.

You may also hear an ethics hotline referred to as a whistleblowing system, speak-up line, fraud line plus a number of other names.

How does an ethics hotline work?

When a whistleblower wishes to alert a company’s management of their suspicions, they can do so through an ethics hotline. Traditionally, this would mean calling an ethics hotline on a physical phone, or leaving a note in a trust box. However, these days the most common method is to use an online whistleblowing system, which has the added bonus of anonymity for the whistleblower, plus a range of other helpful features.

Whistleblowing software Reporting channels

The report is received by the individual in the company who is designated to deal with them (known as the ‘assignee’) and the matter is subsequently looked into. Some whistleblowing systems, such as FaceUp, then allow for follow up communication between whistleblower and assignee.

Who counts as a whistleblower?

A whistleblower is anyone who works in or for an organization with suspicions that some kind of misconduct of wrongdoing is taking place. Wrongdoing can range from bullying and harassment, through to fraud and theft. 

Whistleblowers are most commonly company employees, but can also be suppliers, contractors, freelancers, or anyone else who interacts with an organization.

What are the benefits of an ethics line?

A properly implemented ethics line will:

  • help foster a culture of openness and transparency
  • protect the whistleblower from retaliation
  • reduce money lost to fraud or employee turnover
  • protect your reputation by keeping matters internal
  • improve productivity by removing unprofessional employees
  • unearth areas for improvement
  • ensure your organization remains compliant with the relevant whistleblowing legislation in your region

Which ethics hotline should I choose?

There are a whole host of different ethics lines on the market today. Here at FaceUp, we put together a list of some of the leading contenders in a recent post

Are you looking for en ethics hotline?

For a reasonably priced, feature-rich ethics line with the highest level of security and usability, why not give FaceUp a try? Book a consultation with our whistleblower specialist today.


ja .jpeg

Helena Jezkova

7/19/20232 min read
Share post:

New e-book about whistleblowingDownload our free e-book

Whistleblowing - just a bureaucracy or an opportunity for your company?

E-book whistleblowing in organisations - en

Download the e-book in PDF

By clicking Download PDF, you agree to our Privacy Policy.

Secure and easy to use whistleblowing system

Try FaceUp - A customisable whistleblowing system that's trusted by 2,700 companies and schools worldwide.

Whistleblowing software reporting page
FREE E-BOOK: everything you need to know about whistleblowing