Businesses ask for increased whistleblowing legislation

Two thirds of businesses believe that they should be obliged to publicly report on the number of whistleblowing reports they receive from workers, a new survey has found.

Whistleblowing in the workplace: opportunity and risk, from law firm Howard Kenny, found that more than nine in ten businesses have a formal whistleblowing policy. Yet fewer than one in five believe that current legislation is effective, despite 81 per cent saying that it was seen as a key strategic risk by their boards. 

However, whilst 94 per cent of companies said that they encouraged staff to speak out, and more (96 per cent) said that they recognised that whistleblowers have enhanced employment law rights and protection, fewer than half believed that they achieved a satisfactory resolution for the whistleblower and five per cent resulted in an employment tribunal claim.

 More than a quarter of whistleblowing reports ended in an employee being dismissed, whether that was the whistleblower or others.

Nonetheless, there are still employees who are willing to whistleblow despite this, as nearly half the businesses surveyed said they had received between one and five whistleblowing reports in the previous three years. One in ten received between six and 10 reports during the same period.