Committing to Effective Whistleblower Protection

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Whistleblower protection is essential for safeguarding the public interest, for promoting a culture of accountability and integrity in both public and private institutions, and for encouraging the reporting of misconduct, fraud and corruption wherever it occurs. While many countries are increasingly developing legal frameworks to protect whistleblowers, more can be done to mainstream integrity and promote open organisational cultures. This report analyses whistleblower protection frameworks in OECD countries, identifies areas for reform and proposes next steps to strengthen effective and comprehensive whistleblower protection laws in both the public and private sectors.



Belgium (Flanders)

The Flemish Government's central point of contact for integrity and wellbeing at work

The Flemish government has developed unique contact points through which to report wrongdoing to the relevant authorities: the Spreekbuis and 1700. These tailor-made channels are open to staff members and members of the public, and are responsible for receiving, registering and following through on integrity concerns. This chapter focuses on the central points of contact to report wrongdoing within the Flemish government authorities, and provides an overview of how these channels function, their scope, their impact, as well as their costs and benefits.


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