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Project parters


The Whistleblowing Report 2019 was carried out as part of an applied research and development project of the University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur in cooperation with the EQS Group. The project partners have already published a first comprehensive scientific study on whistleblowing systems in Swiss companies (see Whistleblowing Report 2018). Due to the positive response and relevance of the topic, the survey was conducted again this year and extended cover to Germany, France and Great Britain.

The project is scheduled to last three and a half years and will be supported by Innosuisse, the Swiss Agency for Innovation Promotion. Innosuisse is Switzerland's innovation promotion agency. Its aim is to promote innovations from cooperation between industry and science. Innosuisse finances applied research and development projects conducted by universities in conjunction with companies, public administrations or non-profit organisations.


Prof. Dr. Christian Hauser
Project Manager
University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur
Schweizerisches Institut für Entrepreneurship (SIFE)

Nadine Hergovits
Research Assistant
University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur
Schweizerisches Institut für Entrepreneurship (SIFE)

Helene Blumer
Product Manager
EQS Group

University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur

The University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur is an innovative and entrepreneurial university of applied sciences with about 1700 students. Its applied research contributes to innovation, knowledge and solutions for society. The HTW Chur offers Bachelor’s and Master's degrees and continuing education courses in architecture, civil engineering, digital science, management, multimedia production, photonics, technology and tourism. The HTW Chur conducts applied research and development in all discipline and offers consulting and services.

The Swiss Institute of Entrepreneurship (SIFE) and the Swiss Institute of Information Science (SII), two institutes of the University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur, are involved in this applied research and development project.

Swiss Institute for Entrepreneurship (SIFE)

The SIFE of the HTW Chur conducts application-oriented research, teaching and services in the fields of innovation, digitisation, internationalisation and corporate responsibility. In the research area of Corporate Responsibility, research projects are carried out on the topics of business integrity and corruption prevention as well as integrity in the media and social media.

Swiss Institute for Information Science (SII)

The SII of the HTW Chur deals with solutions for problems related to the production, organisation and distribution of information and knowledge. For this purpose, the interdisciplinary team of the SII has both the necessary methodological expertise and the necessary knowledge from various application domains in business and administration. Thematically the SII concentrates on the fields of information organisation as well as Big Data and analytics.

EQS Group

EQS Group is a leading international provider of regulatory technology (RegTech) in the fields of corporate compliance and investor relations. In working with EQS Group, thousands of companies worldwide inspire trust by fulfilling complex national and international disclosure obligations, minimizing risks and communicating transparently with stakeholders.

EQS Group’s products are pooled in the cloud-based software EQS COCKPIT. They ensure the professional control of compliance workflows in the fields of whistleblower protection and case management, policy management, insider list management and disclosure obligations. In addition, listed companies benefit from a global newswire, investor targeting and contact management, IR websites, digital reports and webcasts for efficient and secure investor communications.

EQS Group was founded in 2000 in Munich, Germany. Today the group employs around 500 professionals around the globe and has offices in the world’s key financial markets.

EQS Integrity Line: One central system – encrypted and secure

Whistleblowers can use EQS Integrity Line 24/7 to submit secure, anonymous reports about potential misconduct within the company in any language. All incoming reports are encrypted and stored in high-security data centres. Case managers can use EQS Integrity Line to manage all reports centrally and efficiently. They can also contact whistleblowers without compromising their anonymity.

EQS Integrity Line workflow
Whistleblowing Report Partner