A whistle-blower is a member of staff who reports certain types of non-compliance. This will typically be something that takes place in the business site or office though occasionally. The non-compliance disclosed shall be in the public interest. This implies that it (shall) affect(s) others, for example the general public. Whistle-blowers are protected by law – a whistle-blower will be treated fairly and have his/her job secure after ‘blowing the whistle’. A whistle-blower can raise concern at any time of an event that occurred previously, is occurring now, or he/she believes will occur in the near future.
Who is protected by law?
A whistle-blower is protected by law, for example if he/she is:
- A member of staff
- A trainee or intern
- A third-party supplier
- A stakeholder of the Kayndrex Foundation including organisations and States.
Get advice from our support team if unsure of your protection by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Misconducts that count as whistle-blowing
A whistle-blower is protected by law if he/she reports any of the following:
- An unlawful misconduct such as fraud
- Someone’s health and safety is at risk
- Possible or actual risk to the environment
- A miscarriage of justice
- Unlawful business operations, for example inappropriate insurance
- Abetting or covering-up of misconduct
Misconducts that are unrelated to whistle-blowing
Personal grievances (for example bullying, harassment, discrimination) are unrelated and unlinked to the law of whistle-blowing, unless the particular situation is in the public interest. According to our Code of Conduct, ‘when a person witnesses any form of harassment and discrimination, the person should intervene and offer support to the victim, and inform a senior member of staff immediately upon becoming aware of it’.