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May 12, 2016 / Sian Moore

Helping whistleblowers to speak up: New national report

A new national report, which examines the challenges, opportunities and best practices for speaking out across different industries and sectors, was published on Tuesday 10 May. Research has been led by University of Greenwich expert Dr Wim Vandekerckhove in partnership with Warwick Business School and Queen’s University Belfast. It was jointly funded by ACCA, the global body for professional accountants, and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Findings from the report show that effective speak-up arrangements involve a number of different channels through which employees can voice a concern, such as Human Resources, compliance and board members, as well as different interfaces such as in person, telephone, web-based methods and apps. Companies which are responsive to such concerns ultimately build greater trust, the report finds, and can also help organisations identify potential and previously unseen risks.The research recommends that organisations put robust systems in place to respond to all concerns, which includes making sure that any concerns are systematically dealt with, and using aggregated data on speak-up activity for the purposes of risk management and people management.

To read the report, Effective Speak-up Arrangements for Whistleblowers, in full, and to see a video interview with Dr Vandekerckhove:http://www.accaglobal.com/whistleblowing

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