Whistleblowing in the Modern Workplace event – 18 October

Protect’s unique 360° Benchmark – designed to help organisations with best practice whistleblowing arrangements – will officially launch at governance event ‘Whistleblowing in the Modern Workplace’ on October 18.

Developed initially with a financial working group, the 360° Benchmark, and piloted across varied sectors, the 360° Benchmark works by identifying gaps and providing organisations with an action plan on how to improve.

Protect Chief Executive Francesca West said, “With our 25 years’ expertise we have found numbers alone are not an effective measure of arrangements. The 360° Benchmark is unique. It focuses instead on how your arrangements are structured, how you engage with staff and how whistleblowing works in practice in your organisation.”

Simon Bleckly, Audit and Counter Fraud Manager, Corporate Services, Warrington Borough Council, who piloted the Benchmark, said, “The 360 Benchmark enabled us to identify where we need to improve, and identify the key actions that we need to carry out in order to improve, but also to obtain assurance in those areas where we are performing well. The ability to compare ourselves with other local authorities is very useful – this is the first time that we have been able to do this.”

Group Head Operational Risk , Graham Davies, London Stock Exchange, who also piloted the Benchmark,  said, “Being able to provide an assessment with best practice standards to the Board allows a degree of independence to the assessment.  Whistleblowing is important in ensuring that minimum regulatory and legal standards are met but also ensuring that organisations have a mechanism that allows for difficult but important matters to be raised about and employees feel comfortable raising these types of issues.”

And Georgina Charlton, Deputy Freedom to Speak Up Guardian, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Trust, said, “The attraction of working with Protect is that the organisation is expert in its field and works across all sectors.”

Whistleblowing in the Modern Workplace will see the launch of the 360° Benchmark as well as a panel debate at law firm Howard Kennedy, No 1 London Bridge, SE1 9BG at 6-8.30pm .

There are still a few places left, so if you work in compliance, governance or oversee whistleblowing at your organisation, email events@howardkennedy.com

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