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.




Protection for whistleblowers in the public administration

In Chile, the rules for regulating, encouraging and protecting the reporting of wrongdoing and breaches of probity were established with the enactment of Law No. 20 205 on 24 July 2007. This law contains provisions aimed at detecting, preventing and sanctioning conduct related to wrongdoing or corruption in the public sector, and can be considered an integral part of a broader system that regulates the conduct of public sector employees. This chapter provides a contextual background for the creation of the law, describes the scope of protection, the requirements for protection, the elements of disclosure proceedings, the mechanisms in place to protect from reprisal, as well as the progress and challenges that have emerged since the establishment of these rules.


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