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Are you prepared for the Whistleblowing directive?

What is the Whistleblowing directive?

The European Parliament and the Council have drawn up a directive on the protection of whistleblowers (EU) 2019/1937. The directive is not just about managing reports but aims to create harmonized minimum standards at EU level to protect whistleblowers from possible retaliation by their employers. The aim is to ensure that a whistleblower who detects breaches of certain EU rules in the course of his/her work can report the matter without being subject to negative action.

So Whistleblowing notification channel is a reporting channel and it follows established procedures for the reporting and follow-up of irregularities. Through the Whistleblowing reporting channel, one can confidentially report a suspected crime, violation, or abuse. The Whistleblowing Notification Channel is a tool for maintaining ethical principles and trust.

A whistleblowing channel is a useful tool for any organization, not only a way to comply with the directive. It is a proactive way to manage potential legal, financial, or reputational risks that may arise.  

What can be notified/reported?

Through the channel, you have the opportunity to report anonymously violations or suspicions, for example, the following:

  • Bribery, corruption, and money laundering
  • Transportation safety
  • Gray market
  • Violation of competition law or unfair competition
  • Violation of environmental and occupational safety legislation
  • Violation of data protection legislation
  • Violation of product safety legislation
  • Interference with the right of workers to organize
  • Unilateral impairment of work tasks
  • Other violations of law or our ethical principles.

 

Notifications must be made in good faith. This channel is not intended to report any other things than the above-mentioned violations. Deliberate misrepresentation is prohibited and may result in legal sanctions.

How does the Hailer whistleblowing channel work?

The whistleblower channel provides a possibility for open communication between the anonymous notifier & the handler. After submitting the notification, the channel provides an access key to return the submitted notification. Without this access key, the notifier cannot return and follow up on the progress.

Notifications are only readable by the specified person(s). At [Company], this person is the [Title]. Additional persons required for the actions may be invited to the discussion, but these parties will not see the original notification but only the tasks addressed to them. All notifications will be treated confidentially.

According to the Directive, the notifier has the right to be informed of the receipt of the notification within seven (7) days of the notification and of the action taken within three (3) months of the notification.

Hailer Whistleblowing channel is compliant with the EU directive and GDPR regulations. It is easy and quick to implement. Book a free consultation and demo with one of our experts to hear more!

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