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Reasons for introducing a whistleblowing system

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As the individual country charts show, companies opt for a whistleblowing system for a variety of reasons. In particular, the desire to strengthen the company's image as an ethical and moral company was an important motive for the majority of companies in all countries, as was the desire to avoid financial losses. In contrast, existing legal obligations or pressure from stakeholders play a rather subordinate role.

The 3 most important reasons for introducing a whistleblowing system

We introduced a whistleblowing system because...

All countries

  1. we want to strengthen our reputation as an ethical, moral company.
  2. we want to avoid financial losses.
  3. we believe in the usefulness and effectiveness of a whistleblowing system.

Germany

  1. we want to strengthen our reputation as an ethical, moral company.
  2. we believe in the usefulness and effectiveness of a whistleblowing system.  
  3. we want to avoid financial losses.

France

  1. we want to avoid financial losses.
  2. we believe in the usefulness and effectiveness of a whistleblowing system.
  3. we want to meet the benchmark in our industry.

Great Britain

  1. we want to strengthen our reputation as an ethical, moral company.
  2. we have an obligation towards our employees to do iso.
  3. we want to meet the benchmark in our industry.

Switzerland

  1. we want to strengthen our reputation as an ethical, moral company.
  2. we want to avoid financial losses.
  3. we believe in the usefulness and effectiveness of a whistleblowing system.

In Great Britain, the results show a similar pattern among the SMEs surveyed compared to large companies. In the other countries, on the other hand, there are some significant differences. For example, the 'obligation towards employees' and the requirement to 'meet the benchmark' have had a greater impact on large German and French companies than on SMEs. Furthermore, the aim of establishing a speak-up culture with the whistleblowing system played a smaller role among the German SMEs surveyed than among large companies. The same picture can be seen in the motivation to establish a professional compliance system with a whistleblowing system. Large companies are also feeling greater pressure from stakeholders to introduce a whistleblowing system. Among the Swiss companies surveyed, it was found that almost a third of SMEs do not see 'stakeholder pressure' as a reason for introducing their whistleblowing system, while only 15 per cent of the large companies surveyed clearly reject this reason.