In recent years there have been significant events around the world that have raised the profile of whistleblowing, from scandals such as Enron & World Com through to the current economic downturn. As a result we are moving towards a more open and transparent culture where we look to encourage the reporting of unethical behaviour.
The introduction of The Public Interest Disclosure Act in the UK and Sarbanes Oxley legislation in the US encouraged staff to report concerns and offered protection against reprisals. In 2011 The Bribery Act introduced a defence of having adequate procedures in place to prevent bribery and for the first time, having a safe and secure whistleblowing procedure in place became necessary. We have also seen the introduction of the Dodd Frank Act in the USA and the Enterprise & Regulatory Reform Act 2013 in the UK, all of which look to promote the idea of speaking up.
Many organisations have implemented new policies and procedures and have seen the benefits of providing safe and accessible means for employees and contractors to report concerns. As a result, a positive message has been conveyed showing that concerns are valued and listened to.
Safecall is a global supplier, providing an independent service by which employees can report any concerns. Our service does not replace internal reporting procedures, but seeks to be used alongside them to provide an alternative for employees who, for a number of reasons may not wish to use the internal options.