European Union Whistleblower Directive Compliance Management Solutions
The EU Whistleblower Directive’s purpose is to provide and promote a safe and secure way for people to voice concerns and speak up about unethical behaviour or misconduct in their workplace. The Directive references violations of EU law that are in violation of public interest.
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Any company in the EU with more than 250 employees will need to be compliant with the EU Whistleblowing Directive by the end of 2021.
Each of the 27 EU member states will need to transcribe the directives into their own national law. The new EU whistleblower directive impacts thousands of companies across the EU with more than 50 employees and requires them to create internal reporting system to help employees and other third parties report violations of EU law and to protect those who do report from retaliation when they speak-up. Companies with over 250 employees will need to ensure they are compliant with the new regulations by the end of the year.
Whistleblowers should be able to submit reports via an online system, a hotline number, or via mail. Companies must also ensure that the identity of the whistleblower is kept confidential no matter the mechanism that is used to file the report.
When do you need to be compliant?
- Public and private entities with 50 or more employees or with an annual turnover or total assets more than €10M
- Local authorities that provide services for more than 10,000 people
- All companies of any size that operate in Financial Services or where there is risk of money laundering
- Companies with 250 + employees
Companies are required to set up whistleblower reporting channels by December 2021
Whistleblowers should be able to submit reports online, via a hotline number, or via mail. Companies must ensure the whistleblower’s identity is kept confidential.
Protection to Whistleblowers
Article 6 of the Directive states that to receive protection, whistleblowers had to have had reasonable grounds to believe the information reported at the time was true, and the whistleblower had to report the information through the available reporting channels according to the rules as set out by the Whistleblower Directive.
Reporting channels are organized in a hierarchical manner:
There is no obligation for whistleblowers to file a report internally so it’s very important that companies set up well working, and easy to use internal systems so employees aren’t forced to report externally which could be very damaging to the company’s reputation.
EU Whistleblower Directive – Additional Considerations
The following can help put best practices into place to prevent employees from going outside the organization to file a report.
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