Our Whistleblowing Benchmarking Report 2018 relates to all Original Incident Reports received globally via our own intake channels between 1 January and 31 December 2017.

During the reporting period, there were 13,377 qualifying reports submitted by users across the globe.

What’s included?

We’ve included a more detailed Geographical and Sector Analysis for the first time, providing insight into how trends can vary from one country – or industry – to another. Data analysis includes:

  • The most commonly reported issues (inc. by sector)
  • Most popular reporting channels
  • Anonymity rates (inc. per channel and per sector)
  • Sector Analysis (inc. per anonymity rates, issues raised and intake channel)
  • Geographical Analysis (inc. anonymity rates and intake channels)
  • Incidence rates

This analysis excludes ‘walk up’ and internally-submitted reports, follow-up or abandoned reports, and enquiries. All data displayed was collated without accessing any personal information. Data spans all industry sectors and territories covered by our service. 

TAKEAWAY #1: Telephone channels remain the most popular

More than half of all Original Incident Reports we received in 2017 were submitted through telephone channels. However, online disclosures look set to overtake telephone in the next 12-18 months.

TAKEAWAY #2: Web reports are more likely to be anonymous

This year’s data has revealed major differences in anonymity rates from one platform to another. For instance, Incident Reports received via Web and Voicemail channels are 50% more likely to be anonymous than those received through a live Telephone channel.

Looking for more insights?

Download the full report for region and industry-specific analysis of more than 13,000 whistleblowing disclosures.