7 Steps To Kickstart Your Whistleblowing Policy

A good whistleblowing policy will encourage your employees to speak up when any wrongdoing occurs, here are 7 steps to get you started with yours.


  1. Explain how the confidentiality of the whistleblower’s identity is safeguarded, and how the whistleblower is protected from retaliation or victimization.
  2. Clearly identify the types of concerns that may be reported under the policy and how and to whom reports may be made.
  3. Outline the processes to follow up and investigate reports made under the policy.
  4. Link the policy to the organization’s statement of values.
  5. Provide for the training of employees about the whistleblower policy and their rights and obligations under it.
  6. Provide for the training of managers and others who may receive whistleblower reports about how to respond to them.
  7. State that the policy will be periodically reviewed to check that it is operating effectively and whether any changes are required to the policy.

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