Food manufacturers and suppliers must have a Whistleblowing Hotline in place from 1st February 2019 to conform with the updated BRC Global Standard for Food Safety (Clause 1.1.6).

The newly-added Clause 1.1.6 outlines a requirement for a “Confidential Reporting System” – more commonly known as a “whistleblowing hotline” or “Speak Up service”.

With audits against the new standard already taking place, organisations should act now to ensure compliance with the new standard.

We have outlined the key components of the new regulations and some advice on how to get started in our Clause 1.1.6 Survival Guide.

What you need to know about Clause 1.1.6

Who does it affect?

The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety is a globally recognised set of standards that applies to retailers, manufacturers, ingredients companies, food service organisations, and raw material processors as part of their supplier approval process.

The eagerly anticipated Issue 8 arrived in August 2018 and introduced a number of new regulations, including Clause 1.1.6 (Confidential Reporting System). Audits against the new standard commenced on 1st February 2019.

What does it mean for your business?

The need for a “Confidential Reporting System” will be a first for many organisations affected by the updated Standard. 

Outlining the requirements and overseeing the implementation of a reporting solution can be a difficult and uncertain experience – especially if it is something you’ve not been involved with before.

We’ve created a Survival Guide, which outlines everything you need to know about BRC Issue 8 Clause 1.1.6 and offers in-depth advice on the steps you should take to successfully implement a robust, compliant solution.

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How Expolink can help

A confidential whistleblowing hotline can be operated and administered internally by your own team, or by an independent provider like Expolink.

If you’re new to hotline services, you may be unsure where to begin. We recommend starting a conversation with an expert for clear advice and best practices for implementing a Confidential Reporting System in your organisation.

What is a Whistleblowing Hotline?

A confidential “whistleblowing hotline” is a service that enables employees, suppliers and other stakeholders to report workplace concerns to their employer securely.

While the term implies a telephone-based service, it is often used as a generic term to describe web or smartphone-based platforms that fulfil the same function.

As well as the types of concern mentioned in the new BRC regulations, a hotline can be used to generate intelligence about many other issues. These may include things like:

  • financial irregularities
  • bullying and harassment
  • policy breaches
  • conflicts of interest
  • anything else that could pose a risk to an organisation, or its stakeholders

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An external hotline provider is likely to include access to secure, online case management tools and communication materials as standard, saving you time and resource.

Expolink is the UK’s #1 provider of independent whistleblowing systems. We’ve been empowering people to speak up since 1995, and are trusted by the world’s leading organisations.

Speak to one of our experts today and let us help you meet the new BRC standard.