Whistleblowing systems form a central component of any corporate compliance system. They serve the employees of a company as well as its customers, suppliers and other business partners as a central point of contact for drawing attention to misconduct within the company. The systems offer the companies concerned the opportunity to react quickly to existing grievances, to adapt and improve internal processes, to prevent official sanctions and to protect the company from long-term damage to its reputation.
Numerous legal developments have made the issue of whistleblower protection more topical than ever. For example, the EU Whistleblower Directive (2019/1937) requires companies with at least 250 employees to establish effective, confidential and secure reporting channels (so-called internal reporting channels) for violations of EU law – and national law, if applicable – and to effectively protect whistleblowers from undue reprisals. As early as December 17, 2023, this obligation will also apply to companies with more than 49 employees. Implementation of the EU Whistleblower Directive in Germany through the new Whistleblower Protection Act (Hinweisgeberschutzgesetz- „HinSchG“) is imminent.
In addition, the new Act on Corporate Due Diligence Obligations in Supply Chains (Lieferkettensorgfaltspflichtengesetz –„LkSG“) also sets minimum standards that companies will have to observe in the future with regard to maintaining a whistleblowing system.
Our competencies at a glance – Implementation of whistleblowing systems
The implementation and management of a whistleblower system triggers numerous legal questions in the area of compliance as well as in labor and data protection law. We support you both in analyzing existing structures and those to be created and in implementing the necessary measures. This includes:
Digital whistleblower tool
In cooperation with a recognized and experienced technical service provider, we also offer you a fully digital, data protection-certified whistleblower tool with which you can receive and process hints about compliance violations in a legally secure and anonymous manner. A demo version of the tool is available at any time upon request.
Ongoing operation whistleblowing systems
Following the implementation of the legal and technical requirements of the whistleblowing system, its further operation must be organized. Hoffmann Liebs will take over the complete whistleblower management for your company as part of the ongoing operation. This includes:
We are at your side during both the implementation and operational phases of your whistleblowing system and support you in conducting regular training sessions for your employees to raise their awareness of the legally compliant handling of reports submitted via the whistleblowing system.