Whistleblower systems today represent one of the most important building blocks in compliance management and prevention. This e-learning explains why this is so!

You learn:
  • Whistleblowing: An Essential Component of Compliance
  • International guidelines prescribe whistleblowing systems
  • Structure and introduction of whistleblowing systems
  • What different whistleblower models there are
  • Protection and legal status of whistleblowers
  • Culture change and prevention through whistleblowing

Whistleblowing - When the referee intervenes

Like a referee blowing his whistle, a whistle-blower indicates a violation of the rules. From it the term Whistleblower had established itself in the range of the Compliance. The problem: Particularly those colleagues, who committed such offenses, place whistleblowers fast as traitors or denunciators. Also many superiors are afraid of the clarifying of offences, they point nevertheless thereby to a injury of their supervision duty or even to a participation.

What happens without whistleblower systems?

What many cases of compliance violations or unlawful actions that see the light of day and have received a corresponding press report that damages their reputation have in common is that the companies or institutions concerned do not have clearly regulated whistleblower systems.

Why Whistleblowing?

Whistleblowing systems are the secret star of compliance and, as a component of prevention, the means of first choice for complying with legal regulations and compliance guidelines. And they change the corporate culture. Whistleblowing gives companies the opportunity to initially clarify grievances internally and channels a disorderly process of disclosing grievances to the outside world.

Technical Information

FormatHTML5 & SCORM 1.2
Available inIn your LMS or in our Online Academy
LanguageEnglish, German
Course Duration30 Min
DeviceDesktop, Tablet, Smartphone


What do I need to know about whistleblowing/indicator systems?

This module gives you an efficient overview of why whistleblowing systems play such an important role in compliance, and how whistleblowing can be implemented efficiently:

  • International guidelines prescribe whistleblowing
  • Structure and introduction of a whistleblower system
  • Which whistleblower models are there?
  • Whistleblowing processes: -Through which channel can whistleblowers send messages?
  • Internal, external, e-mail, hotline, ombudsman
  • Internal or external whistleblower system
  • Explanation of how to use the system
  • Information of all employees about the possible uses of the whistleblower system
  • Protection of the anonymity of the whistleblower
  • Protection of anonymity in investigations by authorities

Can I prevent employees from contacting the press?

Today, companies are no longer able to prevent the reporting of violations unless these reports are channelled internally. Instead, whistleblowers have been defamed and put under pressure in many companies. Employers have tried to cover up the abuses. Without whistleblower channels, the same path is always mapped out: Sooner or later the grievances will come to light and the loss of reputation can no longer be stopped. Companies are therefore well advised not to let abuses arise in the first place through good compliance. The lack of willingness to clarify or to cover up increases the liability problem.

Does whistleblowing have a harder time with us than elsewhere?

The thought of whistleblowers is traditionally difficult in Germany. With an inglorious story full of denunciation and a strongly outdated view of what the duty of loyalty to the company is, it is rather difficult to understand whistleblowing systems as a modern instrument of prevention and transparency. In other countries, on the other hand, it has long been accepted that whistleblowers play a very important role in clarifying and preventing violations of compliance. In many countries, whistleblower systems are therefore required by law as part of compliance and whistleblowers are specially protected. This legal situation will now also find its way into Germany.

What about the fiduciary duty towards the employer?

Many supervisors are afraid of the clarification of violations, because they point out by the disclosure to a violation of their supervisory duty or even to a participation. This is a trend that reaches to the very top of the corporate world.

Hinweisgeber gelten als Schlüsselfiguren bei der Aufdeckung von Missständen und bei der Schaffung von Transparenz. Ein anonymisiertes Hinweisgebersystem unterstützt dabei, Fehlverhalten von Führungskräften und Mitarbeitern aufzudecken, und leistet damit einen wichtigen Beitrag zur unternehmerischen Compliance.

Dr. Bernhard Bachmann, Kursautor