Legal framework

ISO 37001 (2016) on Anti-Bribery Management Systems, 37002 on Whistleblower Management Systems

Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of persons reporting on breaches of Union law

Blueprint For Free Speech Report: Whistleblowing in the European Union

Whistleblower protection has made significant advances in recent years, particularly in Europe.

Following years of pressure by civil society, in 2019 a new EU Whistleblower Directive has been passed.

The new Directive provides minimum standards which will be enacted across all EU member states. The law will require employers to provide channels for making reports and protect whistleblowers from retaliation.

Among the strengths of the Directive are range of organisations and individuals it protects, the obligations it puts on public and private employers and the protections it gives whistleblowers whose cases come to court.

How EAT is a direct response to the Directive

From October 2019, EU member states have two years to pass their own legislation to put the Directive’s provisions into their own national law. How this transposition process in implemented will make a difference in how effective – and how comprehensive – these protections are in practice.

EAT responds directly to the Directive by providing secure and anonymous submissions systems for public and private sector organisations, exactly the kinds of systems the Directive will ask employers to implement. EAT represents a series of examples of how these systems can be set up, best practice for running them and the positive consequences that result.