Why is it valuable for your company to protect whistleblowers?
New Danish law obliges medium-sized companies to protect whistleblowers. The law is not just a leg-breaker - it can help bring about positive change in your business.
Companies with more than 49 employees must comply with an EU directive on whistleblowing, which was implemented in Danish law in June 2021. This means that companies must put in place safe and effective solutions to protect employees in cases of breaches of EU law and other serious offences.
If your business is not already compliant, there are several reasons to get started right away.
In future, your employees will be able to report problems anonymously if they wish. This can help your business prevent fraud, corruption or harassment and discrimination, for example.
By exercising due diligence, a solid whistleblower policy can save your company from losing customers, valuable employees and financial losses in general.
If you're looking to create a well-functioning whistleblower scheme that protects your business and promotes a healthy workplace culture, feel free to reach out to us and learn how to comply with the new whistleblower law in Denmark.
The scheme will provide an opportunity to increase employees' confidence and incentive to speak freely in future about their perceived problems before they cross the company's internal boundaries and potentially damage its reputation and standing in the public eye. We have highlighted some important factors in another blogpost How to encourage employees to blow the whistle, on how to promote speak up culture.
A well-functioning whistleblower scheme will help ensure a healthy culture in your workplace. When employees experience support and backing through the new system, it will continuously create an open and honest culture, which provides better conditions for experiencing cohesion and higher production in your company.
For private companies with 50 or more employees, the law will enter into force from 17 December 2023.
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