Ethics Hotline Whistleblower Policy

Ethics Hotline Whistleblower Policy


One of the greatest strengths of an ethics hotline is the ability of employees to raise a concern anonymously, without fear of retaliation or reprisal. Given here are recommendations on a whistleblower protection policy that should be appended to company policy or ethics code communication.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 7:00am

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At minimum, the whistleblower protection policy should contain:

  • a statement that, when reported in good faith, whistleblowers will not be subject to any form of retaliation such as firing, demotion, harassment, or consideration for promotion, even if investigation findings do not support the nature of the complaint;

  • reference to applicable laws such as SOX; and

  • retaliation protection contact information such as the Office of the Whistleblower Protection Program administered by the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA (see

The following additional measures should be considered to assure whistleblower protection...

See the "Whistleblower Protection" section within the following PDFs: Ethics Hotline Guide for the Workplace, Ethics Hotline Guide for Non-Profits, Ethics Hotline Guide for Hospitals, Ethics Hotline Guide for Schools, and Ethics Hotline Guide for Local Governments - (links to the PDFs are on the bottom of the page)