Whistleblowing – New Zealand

Product Description

Training for staff and management on their rights and responsibilities under New Zealand whistleblower law

Would your organisation’s people feel confident speaking up if they encountered misconduct in your organisation?

Whistleblowing is essential to good governance, keeping organisations accountable for activities that are illegal, corrupt, or harmful to consumers or the general public.

Whistleblowing is the act of exposing misconduct from within an organisation, including a government organisation. Research shows that businesses that receive and investigate whistleblower reports show a significant and lasting decline in misconduct incidents. But often employees are reluctant to report misconduct they notice at work because of fear that the organisation or another employee will take adverse action against them for speaking up.

For whistleblowing to function as an avenue of corporate accountability, it is important that employees are aware of the rights and protections they are entitled to should they decide to disclose misconduct. This means creating a workplace culture of whistleblowing, and having clear and dedicated systems in place to ensure whistleblowers are protected and aware of their rights.

This courses uses real-life examples and scenarios to guide individuals on what to do when a reportable situation arises, what to expect from the reporting process and what protection they can expect. The second module covers how to institute a whistleblowing culture from the top down.

What constitutes a Whistleblower complaint?

Whistleblowers have robust protections under New Zealand law, and most large corporations are required to have whistleblower policies. Usually, the whistleblower is an insider in that organisation. This training will teach staff what does and what does not constitute a whistleblower complaint, who can be a whistleblower, and how whistleblower complaints must be handled.

Who should do this training?

This training course is designed to familiarise employees with the legal protections they have in respect of whistleblowing corporate misconduct. The second module is focused on assisting management in complying obligations in complying with their obligations and in creating and maintain a culture where whistleblowing is supported and protected.

Course Outline

  • Module 1: Introduction to whistleblowing
  • Module 2: Whistleblower protections (for managers and other senior employees)

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