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Fraud, theft, harassment: Many Swiss companies affected

In Switzerland, comes in at around a third of the company's illegal or unethical behavior such as corruption or sexual harassment – anti – fraud. This is evident from the "Whistleblowing Report, 2019", the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Chur, in collaboration with the EQS Group. In France, Germany and the UK, this value is slightly higher.

in Principle, especially larger companies were affected by maladministration, it is said in the Report. To counter this, companies use a variety of measures. For example, a company's internal code of conduct. In addition, you can turn to, who observed in their daily work is an illegal action, for example, of his colleagues, in many companies, to a consumer reporting Agency. Meanwhile, according to the Report, almost 60 percent of all those reporting.

Small companies do, however, have a harder time with the introduction of such channels, where employees on grievances may indicate. In Switzerland this is around half of all SMEs. In France, only 38 per cent.

unjustified messages are rare

hope to gain by reporting only that they have less financial harm as a result. But also that the employees understand the Compliance policies and, in principle, ethical behaviour is encouraged. But also because of the external effect, the companies rely on reporting. Are you hoping for a Boost for your Image.

have set The alarm because the rain inlet. In section 2018 are received by the firms surveyed, around 50 messages. About every second message was rich in content, it is said in the report.

Positive: messages that only serve to other Unger blacken unjustifiably, seem to be rare. In Switzerland, only 5% are abusive. In Germany almost 12 percent.

Anonymous reports important

An Argument as to why staff at reporting centres, is the anonymity. Matthias Kiener, head of forensics Corporates at the accountant KPMG, says that a whistleblower system is the most important source for Revealing of miss. Around 50 percent of all identified cases are international to initiate such.

what's Important here is that the information can anonymously be delivered. And it will stay that way. "The employees are usually afraid to report," says Kiener. Therefore, an appropriate culture must prevail in the company so that the reporting place or not functioning.

But the anonymity is not always given. More than a third of all anonymous notifications received, will later be known, who has originally given to the tip.

Positive effect of the presence of a message body to Contain the financial damage, it is called in the Report of the HTW Chur and EQS. EQS offers solutions for the operation of such hotlines.

In Switzerland, shows that the revealed cases of damage to go quickly into the money. Almost a fifth of all the damages was over 100'000 Swiss francs. In the other countries, this value is respectively lower.

EU pressure

In France, companies are obliged to provide opportunities so that grievances can be reported. And also, the EU wants companies to be required with more than 50 employees, such channels offer.

In Switzerland, the Federal Council proposed in last autumn, a clarification of the law. He wants to clarify, when Whistleblowing is permissible and when it is not.

A law is discussed for 15 years. Already now, it is evident that the Federal government is likely to have a Council proposal in Parliament in a difficult position. The law Commission of the national Council rejected the proposal, SRF wrote. Too complicated the proposal. (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 15.05.2019, 19:35 PM

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