The issue of whistleblowing is drawing more and more attention. The media regularly reports on investigations and proceedings triggered by whistleblowers who have reported legal violations in politics and business, and companies are realizing the importance of having an effective whistleblowing system in place to detect Compliance breaches and be able to promptly deal with these. Among other relevant recent legal developments, in October 2019, the European Union published the EU Whistleblowing Directive to protect people reporting on breaches of EU law. This Directive comes into effect on 17 December 2021 and aims to set minimum standards for whistleblowing protection in Europe.

Taking advantage of the global depth and breadth of Dentons' Compliance Group, our specialists have prepared a quick guide to help businesses set up an effective whistleblowing system.

This publication includes:

  • The new European Directive for the protection of whistleblowers
  • ISO Standard 37002: Whistleblowing Management Systems
  • Best practice implementation of whistleblower systems
  • Whistleblowing and data protection issues
  • Internal investigations after a whistleblower report
  • Confidentiality vs. anonymity in France and the US
  • Whistleblowing payments in the US and UK
  • Whistleblowing culture in the former Eastern bloc states

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