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EU Whistleblower Directive Compliance

What is the EU Whistleblower Directive?

The European Whistleblower Protection Directive provides and promotes a safe and secure way for employees to speak up about misconduct in their work environment. All public and private companies with 50 or more employees had until December 2021 to be compliant with the Directive.

Challenge of Complying with the EU’s Whistleblower Directive

Historically, whistleblower protections within the European Union have varied considerably. That is set to change with the implementation of the new EU Whistleblower Protection Directive. These new rules, which were formally adopted by the European Parliament on October 7, 2019, give member states two years to implement the protections into their own national laws. This change brings new opportunities as well as challenges to firms operating within the EU; while many companies may have to update or improve their internal reporting policies and procedures, they now have a single, unified standard to meet.

The major components of the EU Directive, which applies to all companies with 50 or more employees, revolve around the explicit protection of all whistleblowers who report a violation of EU law. One of the primary requirements of the directive is the implementation of internal reporting channels and processes, which the legislation encourages whistleblowers to use and offers access to a range of legal, financial and psychological support when doing so. The directive also extends whistleblower protections to include trainees, volunteers and self-employed workers (in addition to employees). In all, the new EU Directive takes significant steps to empower and protect reporters.

What You Need

Whistleblower Hotline & Reporting Services

A robust whistleblower hotline that allows for named or anonymous whistleblowing.

Agile Intake

An agile incident management system that has the capabilities to adapt to the nuances of various jurisdictions, especially when operating across international borders.

Training on Reporting Practices

Effective compliance training to ensure employees know when and how to report incidents in compliance under the new Whistleblowing Directive.

Policies & Procedures

Updated policies and procedures to ensure reporters and program managers understand what is expected of them with updates to EU whistleblowing laws.

Steps You Can Take to Comply With the EU Whistleblower Directive

Step 1

Disseminate updated incident management policies throughout the organization, informing employees of their expectations under new whistleblower law and guidance.

Step 2

Offer multiple anonymous whistleblowing reporting methods, including a compliance hotline and web reporting.

Step 3

Deploy a whistleblower reporting mechanism that uses anonymized case codes for efficient tracking and follow up.

Step 4

Implement training to ensure anonymous whistleblowers understand the steps and importance of following up with their anonymous report to substantiate and resolve their case.

Looking for more whistleblowing information?

Check out our whistleblowing hub, featuring our latest resources and up-to-date insights on global laws and regulations.