Laws protecting whistleblowers have been in place for over two
decades in some countries, however it is only recently that
effective laws and procedures have begun to be studied
comparatively and become one of the priorities of the G20.
At the G20 summit in Seoul in 2010, G20 leaders adopted
whistleblower protection as a key element of their global
anti-corruption strategy. They highlighted the fundamental value of
whistleblowers to governments and companies as a first and often
best early warning system for the types of corruption and
regulatory failure now proven as critical risks to the global
economy. Since this time, whistleblower protection has been an
important key factor of financial, economic and regulatory
cooperation between G20 countries. Moreover, not only has
whistleblowing maintained its prominent position on international
and national anti-corruption agendas, but the issue has grown in
importance and highlighted whistleblowing's relevance as a
corporate governance and regulatory tool.
Countries are under increasing pressure to adopt international
best practice and establish systems to protect whistleblowers from
retaliation, strengthen their rights and provide safe means for
disclosure. Across the globe, varying levels of international best
practice have now been adopted in public and private sector laws,
though in some countries no laws have yet been passed. In turn,
employers need to ensure they have implemented the relevant measure
in their offices across the globe to comply with whistleblower laws
where they exist.
To help our clients navigate the varying laws which have been
adopted to protect whistleblowers, we have produced an extensive
guide which looks at the public and private sector laws relating to
whistleblowing in 50 jurisdictions across the globe. With
experienced lawyers across the globe, our team focuses on the
interconnected issues of corporate and employment law compliance
which typically arise in whistleblowing scenarios.
The conduct or disclosures that are protected
The nature of the protection
The actions that are permitted in relation to the whistleblower
and any disclosed information, and
The remedies/sanctions for non-compliance
This is the most extensive guide to whistleblowing laws that has
ever been produced. If you would like to find out more and receive
a copy, please click the link on the whistleblowing page. We look
forward to hearing from you.
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