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Reasons for not introducing a whistleblowing system

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The analysis shows that many of the companies surveyed do not have a whistleblowing system because they are convinced that they already have a strong culture of integrity. The lack of a legal obligation is also mentioned as one of the main reasons for not having a whistleblowing system. Many companies also state that they are not convinced of the effectiveness of a whistleblowing system. The fear of being flooded with reports is not shared by the majority of companies surveyed in all countries.

The 3 most important reasons for not having a whistleblowing system

Wedon't have a whistleblowing system yet because...

All countries

  1. we have a strong culture of integrity.
  2. there is no obligation to introduce a whistleblowing system.
  3. a whistleblowing system would not be effective/useful in our company.

Germany

  1. there is no obligation to introduce a whistleblowing system.
  2. we have a strong culture of integrity.
  3. a whistleblowing system would not be effective/useful in our company.

France

  1. we have a strong culture of integrity.
  2. there is no obligation to introduce a whistleblowing system.
  3. we do not have the required financial resources for such a system.

Great Britain

  1. we have a strong culture of integrity.
  2. a whistleblowing system would not be effective/useful in our company.
  3. there is no obligation to introduce a whistleblowing system.

Switzerland

  1. there is no obligation to introduce a whistleblowing system.
  2. we have a strong culture of integrity.
  3. we want to avoid a culture of denunciation.

It is striking that in all four countries where the survey was carried out, the reasons for rejecting the introduction of a whistleblowing system depend on the size of the companies. In Germany, France, Great Britain and Switzerland, SMEs cite the already strong culture of integrity and the lack of financial and human resources much more frequently as reasons for their decision than large companies (see country charts). In addition, small and medium-sized companies also state that they are not convinced of the effectiveness of a whistleblowing system.

Not surprisingly, in France, the lack of a legal obligation on SMEs is cited more often as a reason than for large companies who are subject to the Sapin II anti-corruption law which prescribes the introduction of a whistleblowing system. For large French companies, on the other hand, the fear of a possible flood of reports is more of an issue than it is for SMEs.

In Switzerland, it is striking that the SMEs surveyed are much more likely than large companies to cite scepticism on the part of stakeholders regarding a whistleblowing system.