Centralisation vs decentralisation: whistleblowing systems in a company group setting


Wednesday, 11 May 2022

60 minutes

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The European Union adopted the “Directive on the Protection of Persons Reporting Breaches of Union Law” at the end of 2019. The EU member states are currently transposing this directive into national laws. According to the directive these laws include an obligation for all organisations with 50 or more employees to set up a whistleblower system.

The implementation of such whistleblowing systems is currently a major challenge for corporate groups in particular, if they want to operate a central system throughout their group.

In our webinar the experts from KPMG will talk about the controversial statement of the EU Commission that demands a decentralized approach for group companies, will have a look on some already transposed national laws or draft laws, such as the one of Germany, show you the consequences for the practice including insights from practice approaches of large international corporate groups and outline possible solutions.

EQS Group will also present its web-based “EQS Integrity Line” in a practical application.

In this webinar, our expert speakers discuss:


Challenges of the statement of the EU-Commission


Consequences for the practice within a group


Possible solutions for groups with insights from large international corporate groups


Presentation of the web-based “EQS Integrity Line” solution


Dr. Bernd Federmann, LL.M.

Partner, Head of Compliance & Corporate Criminal Law, Germany | KPMG Law Germany GmbH

Bernd Federmann is a partner at KPMG Law, Head of KPMG Stuttgart Law Office and Co-Head of KPMG Global Compliance group

The focus of his advice lies in the establishment and expansion of compliance management systems (CMS), as well as the support of companies in regular compliance operations, especially in the coordination and implementation of compliance risk assessments and training, as well as the topic of whistleblowing and whistleblower systems.

Webinar speaker image Andreas Pruksch, KPMG Law Germany GmbH

Andreas Pruksch

Senior Manager, Labor law specialist | KPMG Law Germany GmbH

Andreas joined KPMG Legal in 2012 from CMS Hasche Sigle law firm where he was working in the labour law department for two years. He is a member of KPMG Legal’s Practice Group Labour and Employment and has been specializing in labour law for years. He advises employers on all aspects of individual and collective labour law, pensions, employee data protection as well as executive employees and board members on all aspects connected with their service contracts. Andreas has profound knowledge of restructuring and downsizing measures and is an experienced litigator. 

Dr. Ariane Loof

Senior Manager, Data Privacy Specialist | KPMG Law Germany GmbH

Ariane Loof is a Senior Manager in the Compliance and Data Protection practice area, focusing on data protection, IP and IT at the Berlin office of KPMG Law Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH. She advises international and national companies on data protection law, compliance topics and related issues in collective and individual employment law. Her clients are active in all industries, in particular in the automotive industry, water management, mechanical and plant engineering, software development and software services, as well as in the pharmaceutical industry and financial services. Together with her colleagues from KPMG AG, she also advises and supports clients in software and technology projects and digital solutions.

Guido Harvers

Partner, KPMG Corporate Governance Services | KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Guido Havers is a partner at KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft within the sector Risk & Compliance Services. He is a Certified Public Accountant and advises DAX40 companies with respect to design, implementation and operation of Compliance Management Systems. Furthermore, he supports companies in the design and implementation of Whistleblower Systems. He has extensive knowledge in Consulting Services regarding companies facing US-Monitorships of the DoJ as well as the Audit and Review of Compliance Management Systems due to appropriateness and operating effectiveness in different key risk areas such as Anti-Corruption, Tax Compliance and IT-Compliance.

Daniela Scharf

Senior Manager, KPMG Risk & Compliance Services | KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Daniela Scharf is a Senior Manager for Risk & Compliance Services at KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner and advises companies in the design and implementation of Compliance Management Systems with a focus on anti-corruption at international level as well as the implementation and advice of Whistleblower Systems. Furthermore, she also gained extensive experiences in performing process- and risk-oriented audits in the Internal/Compliance department of a globally operating chemical group. Daniela owns deep knowledge in the automotive and pharmaceutical / chemical industry as well as in the sector transport and logistic.

Jens Gräßler

Compliance COCKPIT Management | EQS Group

Jens Gräßler is heading all Business Development activities within the Management Team of the Compliance COCKPIT, which is EQS Group’s integrated platform for Corporate Compliance. He has been holding different positions in the Compliance space for the past 14 years and beside this has many years of experience from different Management and Sales positions in international companies. Within EQS Group, Jens is the central point of contact around the EU Whistleblowing Directive and its transposition into legislation within the single member states. Jens is working out of EQS Group’s Berlin office.

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