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.



Language, culture and raising awareness to encourage whistleblowing in the public sector

Awareness raising is an important dimension of whistleblower protection, as it can help change the culture and language surrounding whistleblowing, and ultimately break down the barriers and negative connotations associated with disclosing wrongdoing. Nevertheless, almost half of OECD countries do not have awareness raising activities in place. Furthermore countries that provide whistleblower protection through provisions are far less likely to have these types of initiatives than countries with dedicated laws. This chapter examines the various awareness raising activities that have been implemented in OECD countries, and how they can encourage whistleblowing and promote an effective open organisational culture.


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