Effective whistle-blowing arrangements

Discover the findings from a global multi-case study on the role of responsiveness, trust and culture in making speak-up arrangements effective, led by the University of Greenwich in collaboration with Warwick Business School and Queen's University Belfast.

Interview with the lead researcher

Dr Wim Vandekerckhove is Principal Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour at the University of Greenwich and has been a leading voice in establishing whistle-blower protection in the UK. 

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Experts perspectives

Watch experts in the field share their thoughts on the findings from the research.

Who gave views?

  • Eloise Meller - Deputy Team Head at the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), 
  • Howard Shaw - Director and Head of Anti-Corruption and Whistleblowing Services at Mazars, 
  • Cathy James - Chief Executive Officer at the Public Concern at Work (PCaW) and 
  • Peter Montagnon - Associate Director at The Institute of Business Ethics (IBE)

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Launch event

The report was launched in London on 10 May 2016 and you can watch the full event below. 

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What's in the video?

Opening remarks by Jo Iwasaki, Head of Corporate Governance - Professional Insights (ACCA)

Presentation of the findings by Dr Wim Vandekerckhove (University of Greenwich)

Panel discussion (at 29:30):

  • Cathy James, Chief Executive Officer at The Public Concern at Work (PCaW)
  • Helen Brand, Chief Executive Officer (ACCA)
  • Peter Large, Executive Director - Governance (ACCA)

Questions & Answers (at 49:00)

  • What impact can this report make?
  • Do findings apply to smaller businesses?
  • What can the public and the private sectors learn from each other?
  • Do global business operate speak-up arrangements better?
  • How do speak-up operators interact within organisations?

Closing remarks (at 01:07:45)

Public concern at work first 100 campaign

Public Concern at Work (PCaW) is the UK’s whistleblowing charity, established in 1993 to develop a new approach to whistleblowing. PCaW hosts a campaign called 'The First 100' for organisations that have agreed to abide by the Whistleblowing Commission's best practice code. 

Since the launch of the report, ACCA has signed up to this campaign.

You can find out more about the initiative by visiting PCaW's website.