2020 Survey on whistleblowers’ protection

2020 Survey on whistleblowers’ protection


Project objectives

In the aftermath of economic or other types of global crises, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, whistleblowing has been recognised as one of the most important ways that business and governments can obtain early alerts to prevent catastrophe. To that end, legislative bodies are pursuing the introduction of new laws that will encourage people to speak out at the earliest possible opportunity to help address or prevent crime, corruption and cover ups.

This survey has been designed to identify people’s attitudes to whistleblowing and their opinion on existing UK legislation in this matter. It provides an opportunity for the wider public to share their understanding and experience of whistleblowing and existing legislation which will help determine the creation of more effective legislation and effective protection for those who speak up, as well as to ensure that the development of new legislation in the UK is fair and equitable to all relevant parties, whistleblowers, UK public and businesses. 

The study is being conducted by the Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity (CFCI) at Coventry University in collaboration with WhistleblowersUK and a report will be provided to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Whistleblowing (APPG) to assist them with relevant regulation in the field of Whistleblowers’ protection. The results of the survey will also be made available to the public through relevant academic publications. The CFCI has a team of outstanding academics in the areas of corporate crime, whistleblowing and human rights. Responses to the survey will be used to expand relevant academic knowledge in these fields and inform policy-making.

Impact statement

A report from the findings of the survey will be provided to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Whistleblowing (APPG) to assist them with relevant regulation in the field of Whistleblowers’ Protection.

List of outputs

  • Report on public attitudes on Whistleblowing and Whistleblowers’ Protection to be submitted to the APPG for Whistleblowing.
  • Other academic publications (peer reviewed academic journals)

Additional information

The online survey will close on 31 December 2020 and the anonymous results will help to inform robust new laws, which will encourage more people to speak out against crime, corruption and cover-ups in the UK.

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