What is the risk of not having a whistleblowing tool?
Not having a whistleblowing tool in place can pose several risks to an organisation. Whistleblowing tools are essential mechanisms that allow employees, customers, or other stakeholders to report misconduct, unethical behaviour, or any violations within the company.
Without such a tool, the following risks may arise: Undetected misconduct, lack of transparency, negative work culture, or reputation damage.
A well-implemented whistleblowing tool promotes a culture of ethics, transparency, and accountability within an organisation, reducing the risk of financial losses, legal repercussions, and reputational harm. It encourages employees and stakeholders to come forward with their concerns, enabling early detection and resolution of potential problems.
Additionally, not everyone who sees undesired behaviour thinks to make a report. That’s because they might not know the right protocol, or because they’re not even sure if what they’ve seen is a violation of the organisation’s Code of Conduct. Making clear to your employees that they can also use a communication tool such as SpeakUp® by asking a question. We see that serious cases sometimes start by a question from an employee. SpeakUp is there to start and facilitate an (anonymous) dialogue.