A report from an internal team member or contractor is consistently the most common catalyst for uncovering questionable, fraudulent or illegal activity from within an organisation. But where do team members turn when they decide it’s time to “blow the whistle” on such activity?
Internal reporting, regardless of how well structured it is, has a constant public perception of being ‘pointless’ or ‘too risky’ for the whistleblower, after a long history of badly-handled internal investigations have invariably ended up being played out in the mainstream media. These media stories have consistently followed the same line – allegations that the whistleblower has been ignored or issues swept under the carpet. The subsequent PR issues affect the organisation and the whistleblower often suffers for doing the right thing. It’s little wonder whistleblowers are often afraid to put their faith in internal programs and it’s certainly not in an organisation’s best interest for whistleblowers to go to the media as a last (or sometimes first) resort.
So given that a whistleblowing service should always be a key component of an organisation’s compliance and fraud prevention program, what are the alternatives for organisations? Running a whistleblowing program with an organisation such as STOPline provides a vital 3rd party independence. Team members can seek advice, or provide reports without fear of reprisal. The organisation can then tap into the wealth of experience and knowledge contained in STOPline’s investigative team to explore any allegations made.
STOPline is a recognised leader in providing a confidential and secure method for reporting matters of misconduct. To find out more about having STOPline work with your organisation, contact us here, or call (03) 9882 4550 or (+61) 487333099