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