ISO publishes whistleblowing standard

A new ISO standard for whistleblowing has just published. ISO 37002, Whistleblowing management systems – Guidelines, provides guidance for implementing, managing, evaluating, maintaining and improving a robust and effective management system for whistleblowing.

It is non-sector-specific and can be used by organisations of all sizes, including SMEs, as well as those with international operations.

Prof. Wim Vandekerckhove, convener of the ISO working group that developed the standard, said implementation of ISO 37002 will help to build trust between an organisation and its stakeholders, providing a strong layer of protection against corruption.

“Good governance and transparency require that staff can feel confident reporting any concerns of wrongdoing without fear of repercussions.

“Therefore, it is crucial to manage this process effectively. This new standard helps to do that by providing guidance on what a robust and effective whistleblowing management system looks like and how to operate it in the best possible way.”

Following the three principles of trust, impartiality and protection, the standard covers the identification and reporting of such concerns and how they are assessed and addressed. Its use will not only minimize or prevent potential losses but also ensure compliance with organisational policies and legal and social obligations.

ISO 37002 was developed by ISO technical committee ISO/TC 309, whose secretariat is held by the UK's BSI.

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