News Agenda Puts Whistleblowing In Spotlight

Reports Dominated By Efforts To Protect And Encourage People To Come Forward

21.03.2014

A series of recent developments have highlighted the growing prominence of whistleblowing in the news agenda, with a focus on steps to ensure people are protected and encourage to come forward particularly in relation to insider fraud, bribery corruption and non-compliance.

One of the stories to highlight the issue related to Rolls-Royce establishing a 24-hour ‘ethics line’, designed to encourage employees to report any concerns regarding alleged bribery or corruption within the organisation.

The step has reportedly been taken in response to a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation.

This came after suggestions that the Home Office has in recent months been considering the introduction of financial rewards for whistleblowers who come forward and expose wrongdoing within organisations.

In addition, at the end of last year an independent commission established by the charity Public Concern At Work published its review into whistleblowing policies and practices and made 25 recommendations on improving the framework to support such procedures.