In addition, companies were also asked about how they communicate their whistleblowing systems. The vast majority of large companies and SMEs in all countries use all of the communication messages (see country charts).
Amongst other things, this concerns information as to whether the whistleblowers can or must report anonymously, confidentially or openly.
The companies surveyed emphasized the clear commitment of top management to ethical and moral conduct across all countries. In communication surrounding the whistleblowing system, it is therefore very often stressed that the company management unconditionally stands behind the whistleblowing system and does not regard reporting as a breach of loyalty. Furthermore, 'the need for reporting misconduct', 'the available channels of communication' and 'the duty to report misconduct' are among the most frequently communicated messages.
It is striking that in comparison to the first study conducted exclusively in Switzerland, the large Swiss companies surveyed communicate 'protection from negative repercussions' and 'sanctions for abusive reports' much more strongly. Last year's results showed, amongst other things, that the number of abusive reports is reduced when companies communicate and explain how whistleblowers are protected from negative repercussions.