Preparing for the New Zealand Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Act – Update #4

We refer to an article dated 10 July 2021 titled “How to avoid a whistleblower crisis” written by Daniel Laufer, PhD, MBA, who is an Associate Professor of Marketing at Victoria University of Wellington, and an expert in Crisis Management.

This article is a timely reminder about the importance of having an external Whistleblowing platform to encourage employees to freely speak up when they they encounter concerns such as ethics, financial impropriety and safety, without the fear of recrimination.

The article details several examples where a crisis could have been handled better if the whistleblowers had of used the organisations formal whistleblowing platform, instead of sharing information with unrelated agencies such as the media or government agencies.

By having a formal whistleblowing platform in place, you are better placed to protect any whistleblowers who raise concerns. Without protection, people will be reluctant to share matters such as questionable ethical behaviour and financial improprieties with you.

Read the full article here.

Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill

The Bill replaces the Protected Disclosures Act 2000. This Bill clarifies the definition of serious wrongdoing, enables people to report serious wrongdoing directly to an appropriate authority at any time, strengthens protections for disclosers, clarifies the internal procedure requirements for public sector organisations, and the potential forms of adverse conduct disclosers may face.