Patricia Harned

12 May, 2021

Ethics chief Patricia Harned: ‘Retaliation has a silencing effect on culture’

Retaliation at work against whistleblowers is “off the charts,” during the pandemic, according to the leader of the biggest business ethics body in the US. Patricia Harned, chief executive of t...
Website of Alphabet, Google's parent company

15 April, 2021

Ethical investor Trillium issues warning to Alphabet over whistleblowing

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, is under pressure to improve whistleblowing procedures in a move that heightens publicity around the ethics of artificial intelligence and the treatment of work...
Covid pandemic crushing business people

10 March, 2021

Ethics survey reveals global pandemic of misconduct

The strain of managing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has rebounded into company ethics, with employees across the world reporting a deterioration in the behaviour of colleagues around them. I...
meeting, employee engagement, workers, speak up

6 August, 2019

If you want employees to speak up, show that you will listen

Corporate scandals have highlighted the need for appropriate oversight by boards seeking to ensure the stability and sustainability of the businesses they run. Indeed, the new UK Corporate Governance ...
whistleblower, whistleblowing, whistle, red card, yellow card

29 March, 2019

What boards need to know about whistleblowing

Big corporate scandals have made whistleblowing a headline topic. From Danske Bank to the Panama Papers, whistleblowers have thrown a spotlight on problematic behaviour. Politicians and regulators ...
whistleblowing, social media

8 March, 2019

Why boards need to support whistleblowers

Misselling financial products to meet bonus targets. Unsafe working practices on construction sites. Breach of food safety regulations putting consumers at risk of illness. Sexual favours for disaster...
Ted Baker

10 December, 2018

Ted Baker: ‘Hugging’ and making employees heard

Last Friday fashion retailer Ted Baker revealed it had removed a “hug zone”. Formerly situated near the desk of founder Ray Kelvin, the sign on the floor was taken away. Its presence would be a...
whistleblowing, speak up procedures

13 August, 2018

Enforcement activity of City watchdog FCA increases

Enforcement activity at the Financial Conduct Authority has increased year-on-year to record levels. The year to March saw 508 cases opened and 510 cases resolved. That compares with 445 and 431 in...
SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission

29 June, 2018

SEC accused of ‘discouraging’ executive whistleblowers

The Securities and Exchange Commission, the US's toughest financial watchdog, has been accused of undermining whistleblowing by proposing to reduce the rewards available to those who reveal wrongdoing...

9 May, 2018

EC proposes better protection for whistleblowers

The European Commission has drafted a law that will strengthen protection for whistleblowers by introducing EU-wide standards. The new law would establish safe channels for reporting breaches of EU...