Imagine you are a visionary manager at the forefront of Europe’s new era of openness, driven by the EU Directive for the Protection of persons reporting on breaches of Union Law, also known as the EU Whistleblower Protection Directive.
Your task is to ensure your company not only complies with the law but also fosters an environment where transparency and trust thrives.
There is no room for hesitation. By 17 December 2023, every company with over 50 employees in the EU, along with public authorities and municipalities, must establish an internal reporting channel for anonymous hints.
These are designed to protect those brave souls who report on issues from tax fraud to environmental violations, consumer protection and more, with the promise of a retaliation-free zone.
Reality check: an Inbox Tsunami
You initiate the launch of an internal reporting channel. The excitement is palpable as the digital system goes live. Your heart swells with pride at the potential for positive change.
However, the reality of managing this new system soon comes into sharp focus as a flood of messages begins to pour in. Reports range from serious compliance issues to trivial complaints about daily inconveniences. The stress starts to mount as each alert demands your attention.
How can you possibly manage them all effectively?