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Role of a whistleblower in crisis management

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WHISTLEBLOWER AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT:

WHISTLEBLOWER AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT By: Pradyuth Dutta

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Contents Crisis Types of crisis Crisis management Whistleblowing Types of whistleblower Benefits of whistleblowing Whistleblowing policy

What is Crisis?:

What is Crisis? A crisis is defined as a major, unpredictable event that threatens to harm an organisation and its stakeholders . Crisis may hit an organization in the shape of terrorist attack, industrial accidents, product recall or natural calamity.

Types of crisis::

Types of crisis: A criminal act A failure to comply with a legal obligation Miscarriage of justice Danger to health and safety Any damage to the environment

Crisis management:

Crisis management Crisis management is the nature of activities to respond to a major threat to a person, group or organization Proactive crisis management activities include forecasting potential crises and planning how to deal with them Crisis management includes identifying the real nature of a current crisis, intervening to minimize damage and recovering from the crisis.

What is a whistleblowing?:

What is a whistleblowing? Whistleblowing is ‘ making a disclosure in the public interest’ and occurs when a worker raises a concern about danger or illegality that affects others, for example members of the public Whistleblowing occurs when an employee or worker provides certain types of information, usually to the employer or a regulator, which has come to their attention through work.

Types of whistleblower::

Types of whistleblower: Direct employees of companies (whistleblowing on their employer or politicians or officials) employees of governments or agencies (whistleblowing on politicians or officials, and/or companies) Aid worker employed by foreign government (e.g. by development agency of USA, Australia etc.) NGO employees (whistleblowing on companies, officials, politicians)

Types of whistleblower::

Types of whistleblower: Employees of multilateral agencies e.g. World Bank (whistleblowing on companies, officials, politicians) Accountants and auditors (an important category: they must see the evidence going across their desks - auditors and their staff should be able to whistle-blow on their clients, whether public authority or company) Consultants, academic researchers Member of the public

Benefits of introducing whistleblowing::

Benefits of introducing whistleblowing: demonstrates an organization is committed to ensuring its affairs are carried out ethically, honestly, and to high standards does not cost a great deal to introduce is good employment practice shows an organisation is keen to introduce procedures to protect public safety and public money will help develop a culture of openness, accountability and integrity

Benefits of introducing whistleblowing::

Benefits of introducing whistleblowing: will encourage employee workers to raise matters internally, making wider disclosures (to non-prescribed persons or to the media, MPs or the police) less likely will contribute to the efficient running of the organisation and the delivery of services will help curb corruption, fraud and mismanagement will help uphold the reputation of the organisation, and maintain public confidence.

Whistleblowing policy:

Whistleblowing policy A whistleblowing policy should be designed to encourage employees to raise concerns about malpractice, danger and wrongdoing internally. It may state the organisation is committed to achieving the highest possible standards in the delivery of public services, and wishes to encourage freedom of speech to help achieve this.

Whistleblowing policy:

Whistleblowing policy For e.g. The policy should also ensure any public sector workers, whose employer has a Government appointed member on its board, are aware that they may disclose information direct to the Secretary of State, and will not be victimized or dismissed for doing so.

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