Whistleblowing Report 2021: A comprehensive study on whistleblowing in European companies
From the design and communication to the use and benefits of effective whistleblowing systems.
About the Whistleblowing Report 2021
1,239 surveyed companies
1 topic: Whistleblowing systems in European companies
The risk of falling victim to illegal and unethical behaviour is real for European companies. Information from employees and other stakeholders is of great importance in order to prevent misconduct or to identify it at an early stage. The majority of the companies surveyed are aware of this and have already set up an internal whistleblowing system outside the chain of command.
The Whistleblowing Report provides findings about:
The contents and results of the study at a glance
Taking a closer look
Abuses occurred in a good third of the companies surveyed.
Prevention and discovery
More than 60 percent of the companies surveyed have a whistleblowing system.
The vast majority of companies with a whistleblowing system are convinced of how useful and effective it is.
On average, whistleblowers have two to three channels at their disposal for contacting the companies surveyed that have a whistleblowing system.
The analysed companies with a whistleblowing system received an average of 34 reports in 2020.
Approximately one third of the companies investigated were able to uncover more than 80 percent of the total financial loss with the help of a whistleblowing system.
Impact of the coronavirus pandemic
Companies that dismiss employees or whose employees work from home have an increased risk of misconduct and receive more reports.
Approval of the content of the EU directive
The company representatives see the EU directive on the protection of whistleblowers as useful.
Status of preparations for the entry into force of the EU directive
Only a minority of the companies surveyed are fully prepared for the introduction of the directive.
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Previous Whistleblowing Reports
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