What is a whistleblower?

A whistleblower is a courageous individual who reports illegal or unethical activities within an organization to relevant stakeholders.

Whistleblowers often report misconduct that they have witnessed or become aware of through their work, and their disclosures can expose corruption, cover-ups, and other forms of abuse of power. In many cases, whistleblowers risk their careers, reputations, and personal safety to bring misconduct to light, and they may face retaliation from those they have accused of wrongdoing.

The European Union has created a whistleblowing directive which provides a new safety net for whistleblower protection. These laws protect whistleblowers from retaliation and provide them with certain legal rights and safeguards. If you are curious about the legislation, click here.