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.



Whistleblower protection in the private sector

This chapter describes different approaches to legislating for private sector whistleblower protection and accompanying recommendations for reform. It focuses on the practical application of dedicated whistleblower protection legislation and provisions within other laws to provide protection to private sector whistleblowers who report suspected wrongdoing, with reference to relevant case law. It also examines whistleblower protection from a business perspective, drawing on responses to the OECD Survey on Business Integrity and Corporate Governance, to illustrate how companies are organising themselves to provide protected reporting and to prevent retaliation.


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