Whistleblower Software

 

See it, say it, fix it. 

Empower your omnipresent workforce to raise concerns, which your processes can miss.

Hear from anyone inside or outside your organization, know whats happening, do something about it. 

 

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Overview

The EcoOnline Whistleblowing Portal gives employees and other stakeholders the ability to report anonymously, confidentially, or with a name. Employees, suppliers, customers, owners and ex-employees simply fill out the whistleblowing report and submit it from any location.

In line with the EU Whistleblower Protection Directive, the reporting scope includes:

  • public procurement
  • tax breaches
  • competition infringements
  • product safety
  • transport safety
  • food safety
  • environment safety
  • animal welfare
  • public health issues
  • privacy & personal data breaches
 

Employees will receive an acknowledgment that the report has been received and feedback on consequences resulting from the report in a timely manner.

 

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Empower omnipresent workforce and visitors

  • Empower your omnipresent workforce and visitors to raise concerns, which your other processes may miss
  • Treat whistleblowing reports professionally without using a middleman
  • The Whistleblower public interface encourages reports which might normally not be made through other official channels, especially by those who do not have access to them
  • Anonymous reporting interface encourages reporting, by those concerned about negative consequences
  • Two-way communication between the anonymous reporter and the Whistleblowing Manager, gathers further information and demonstrates reports are progressed and addressed
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Meet obligations, avoid penalties

  • Meet your ethical, legislative, and legal obligations, avoiding penalties and fines
  • Ensure the immediate alert of a whistleblower event to a designated handler
  • Create a predfined and auditible work flow and processes to ensure rapid addressing of reports.
  • Build documentation and law requirements into the process
  • Provide updates and feedback to reporters
  • Keep a fully auditable record of all actions taken to address the report
  • Ensure anonymity for the whistleblower
  • Provide your reporters with protection from reprisals
  • Show internally and externally that you address unethical, illegal and antisocial issues
  • Build documentation and law requirements into the process.
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Stay anonymous

  • See something that bothers you, and report it instantly
  • Ensure your anonymity and let companies or organisations know what you have seen
  • Two-way anonymous communication to ask questions and get answers
  • Use a company's or organisation's Whistleblower Portal via smartphone or web

Key Features 

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Direct Contact

Professional and proactive handling of a whistleblowing event without using a middle man (lawyer, 3rd party contracts)

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Immediate awareness

Immediate alert in 4 channels to one or more designated persons to handle the whistleblower event.

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smartphone or web

Designated persons and whistleblowers use smartphones or web to interact

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Proactive process

Handling of whistblowing events according to a predefined process/plan

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Anonymous communication

Communicate directly to the whistleblower without breaking the anonymity

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Audit Trail

All actions in whistleblowing communications and process are automatically documented

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Regular Updates

Govern the situation through the use of online status meetings with generated agendas

Legislation

EU
DIRECTIVE (EU) 2019/1937 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL, of 23 October 2019, on the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law, is otherwise known as the 'EU Directive on Whistleblowing'.  The 27 EU Member States were to add it to national law by the 17th of December 2021. 

Whistleblowers are vital for maintaining an open and transparent society. They expose misconduct and hidden threats. The 'EU Directive on Whistleblowing' ensures that whistleblowers are better protected against negative consequences. It contains broad free speech protections for whistleblowers in both the public and the private sectors, including for journalists. 

The goals of the EU Whistleblowing Directive are:
- To detect and prevent offences and breaches of EU laws
- To protect whistleblowers from fear of retaliation by establishing confidential, secure reporting channels
- To ensure anonymity for whistleblowers to help them to raise concerns without fear of retaliation

In EU countries, companies with over 250 employees must set up suitable internal reporting channels once their national Whistleblowing law has entered into force. Companies with 50-250 employees will have more time to comply.


Norway
The Norwegian constitution protects human rights and section 100 deals with freedom of expression. In 2006, Norway's national assembly, the Storting, adopted changes to the Working Environment Act, which are intended to protect whistleblowers against reprisals and sanctions. Critics believe that the law will not strengthen the protection of whistleblowers. There are ethical guidelines for government employees which specifically deal with whistleblowing. Fafo researcher Sissel Trygstad claims that Norway has one of the best whistleblower protections in the West, but that it suffers from a lack of case law. 


UK
The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA) protects whistleblowing in the UK. PIDA is a UK Act of Parliament that protects whistleblowers from detrimental treatment by their employers. It protects employees who disclose information such as evidence of illegal activity or damage to the environment, from retribution from their employers. If retribution takes place, the employee may bring a case before an employment tribunal, which can award compensation.

A Freedom to Speak Up Review into whistleblowing in the NHS in England published a report in 2015 encouraging organisations to have: 1) a culture of raising concerns; 2) a culture free from bullying; 3) training; 4) support.

There are now over 800 Freedom to Speak Up Guardians in over 500 organisations in the NHS and independent sector organisations, national bodies and elsewhere in England. In 2020-21, over 20,000 cases were raised with Freedom to Speak Up Guardians.


USA
There is a large amount of US legislation relating to whistleblowing.

The Whistleblower Protection Act was made into federal law in the United States in 1989. It protects federal whistleblowers who work for the government and report the possible existence of an activity constituting a violation of law, rules, or regulations, or mismanagement, gross waste of funds, abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public health and safety. 

Other US legislation relating to whistleblowing includes:

  • False Claims Act of 1863
  • Lloyd–La Follette Act of 1912
  • Freedom of Information Act of 1966
  • Civil Service Reform Act of 1978
  • Ethics in Government Act of 1978
  • Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989
  • No FEAR Act of 2002
  • Sarbanes–Oxley Act of 2002

EcoOnline Whistleblower provides you with a quick easy way to implement whistleblowing legislation, directives, and recommendations in your company.

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Hannah Daly

Account Manager, EcoOnline