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The content of whistleblowing procedures: A critical review of recent official guidelines

The content of whistleblowing procedures: A critical review of recent official guidelines

Vandekerckhove, Wim ORCID: 0000-0002-0106-7915 and Lewis, David (2011) The content of whistleblowing procedures: A critical review of recent official guidelines. Journal of Business Ethics, 108 (2). pp. 253-264. ISSN 0167-4544 (Print), 1573-0697 (Online) (doi:

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There is an increasing recognition of the need to provide ways for people to raise concerns about suspected wrongdoing by promoting internal policies and procedures which offer proper safeguards to actual and potential whistleblowers. Many organisations in both the public and private sectors now have such measures and these display a wide variety of operating modalities: inhouse or outsourced, anonymous/confidential/identified, multi or single tiered, specified or open subject matter, etc. As a result of this development, a number of guidelines and policy documents have been produced by authoritative bodies. This article reviews the following five documents from a management perspective, the first two deal with the principles upon which legislation might be based and the others describing good management practice: the Council of Europe Resolution 1729 (COER); Transparency International ‘Recommended Principles for Whistleblowing Legislation’ (TI); European Union Article 29 Data Protection Working Party Opinion (EUWP); International Chamber of Commerce ‘Guidelines on Whistleblowing’ (ICC); and the British Standards Institute ‘Whistleblowing arrangements Code of Practice 2008 (BSI).

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] First published online: 5 November 2011. [2] Published in print: 1 June 2012. [3] Published as: Journal of Business Ethics, (2012), Vol. 108, (2), pp. 253-264. [4] Previous versions of this article were presented at the BAM HR meeting 2010, the WERU seminar July 2010 at the University of Greenwich, and the EBEN Research Conference 2011.
Uncontrolled Keywords: whistleblowing, compliance, guidelines, speak-up, procedures, whistleblowing, management of whistleblowing, whistleblowing policies, whistleblowing legislation, corruption, business ethics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour
Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW) > Work & Employment Research Unit (WERU)
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