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Whistleblowing: the governing board's role

Understand what whistleblowing is and the board's role in relation to whistleblowing procedures.


What is whistleblowing?

Whistleblowing is a process that allows employees to make a disclosure about suspected wrongdoing, risk or malpractice that affects others. Such disclosures are made where the individual believes they may be exposed to victimisation or other unfair treatment as a result of raising their concern directly through a procedure.

Examples of whistleblowing disclosures include:

  • a criminal offence (such as fraud)
  • a breach of a legal obligation
  • a miscarriage of justice
  • danger to the health or safety of any individual
  • damage to the environment
  • deliberate covering up of wrongdoing in the above categories

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