New research from Expolink has revealed that 40% organisations with an independent whistleblowing hotline make it available to “non-employees”, with 33% extending their hotline to their suppliers.

This finding, from Expolink’s latest Client Insights Report, suggests businesses are increasingly aware of the role confidential reporting channels can play in establishing ethical supply chains.

However, despite signs that many organisations are adopting more sophisticated management practices in relation to their Speak Up programme, the research also reveals almost 40% still do not measure their hotline’s effectiveness.

Survey highlights

  • 40% offer their hotline to “non-employees” (eg. suppliers, customers)
  • 25% offer formal training for managers on how to handle a Speak Up report
  • Only 3% of organisations say they receive “malicious” reports on a regular basis
  • As a result of reports received in the past 12 months, 25% have launched criminal proceedings and 46% have dismissed employees/vendors
  • 38% do not measure the effectiveness of their hotline
  • 52% of respondents said their GRC function (Governance, Risk, Compliance) was responsible for receipt and management of Incident Reports

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