The whistleblowing landscape has changed substantially over recent years, with high-profile cases accelerating new whistleblower protection regulations and intensified regulatory environments driving companies to re-evaluate their reporting systems.

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In this StoneTurn Client Alert, Julia Arbery, Jonny Frank, and Hitesh Patel outline ten practical steps companies can take to improve the whistleblowing framework, specifically:

  1. Encourage speak-up through all channels (not just the whistleblower system)
  2. Choose an approachable name for the system or program
  3. Elect an appropriate framework gatekeeper
  4. Use a blended team
  5. Provide system and policy access to third parties
  6. Build confidence through well-resourced and transparent processes
  7. Motivate with stories of encouragement and reward whistleblowers with non-monetary incentives
  8. Report on whistleblowing metrics holistically
  9. Incorporate whistleblowing into the employee exit process
  10. Take additional steps to prevent unlawful detriment

The co-authors also recap recent changes to the global whistleblowing landscape.

Read the Client Alert.

StoneTurn Senior Manager Emilia Drozda and Manager Lucy Cryan contributed to this article.

About the Authors


Hitesh Patel

Hitesh Patel, Investigations & Compliance Partner with StoneTurn, is a Chartered Accountant having qualified in 1992.  He is a highly experienced forensic specialist with 30 years of cross sector and […]

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Jonny Frank StoneTurn

Jonny Frank

Jonny Frank, a Partner with StoneTurn, brings more than 40 years of public, private and education sector experience in forensic investigations, compliance and risk management. He joined StoneTurn in 2011 […]

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Julia Arbery

Julia Arbery

Julia Arbery, a Partner with StoneTurn, has more than 15 years of experience in ethics and compliance. Specifically, she assists multinational corporations with the development and implementation of effective ethics […]

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