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Whistleblowing systems can be managed across different departments or even several departments. According to the survey results, in all four countries the compliance department, the management and the human resources department are most frequently responsible or at least jointly responsible for receiving and handling the cases.

In the majority of the companies surveyed with headquarters in Germany or Switzerland, only one office deals with suspected or concrete reports of misconduct. In the British and French firms surveyed, on the other hand, two offices are involved on average.

Not surprisingly, the results show that in all countries the large companies surveyed have most frequently located their whistleblowing systems in the compliance department, while in the SMEs surveyed it is mainly the management itself that handles the cases (see country charts).