The Integrity Talks

House for Whistleblowers: social insecurity in the workplace

The Integrity Talks

The most common suspicions of wrongdoing that the Dutch Whistleblowers Authority, called House for Whistleblowers, advised employees on in 2022 concerned social insecurity in the workplace, including a culture of fear and unacceptable behavior. This can be concluded on the back of the 2022 annual report of the House for Whistleblowers. Fraud reports and conflicts of interest were the next most common reports.

Every employee can report work-related abuse to the House for Whistleblowers. This varies from suspicions of fraud and corruption to violations of regulations and safety regulations. In 2022, a total of 312 advisory processes were being processed. In 46 cases, there was legally well-founded suspicion of social abuse. 14 of these were in the public sector, and 21 in the semi-public sector.

If an internal or external investigation into wrongdoing is not sufficient, the House for Whistleblowers can investigate such a suspected wrongdoing. Employees who have been treated unfairly as a result of a report can approach the House for Whistleblowers to investigate the process. Prior to the research, a research test will take place. Of these, 23 took place in 2022. In addition, 8 investigations into abuses or disadvantages were pending. Of these, 3 took place in the public sector, and 2 in the semi-public sector. The House for Whistleblowers advocates a support fund that provides financial, legal, and psychosocial support to reporters who get into trouble as a result of their reports.

Source: House for Whistleblowers.