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Introduction

Welcome to the website of the Dutch Whistleblowers Authority. The Whistleblowers Authority is for people who want to report an abuse in the workplace within the public and private sectors. We provide advice, support and, if necessary, carry out investigations. We also provide information on integrity policy to employers. Our service is confidential, independent and free of charge. The Authority thus wants to make a contribution towards ending abuses.

The Whistleblowers Authority Act, which came into force in the Netherlands on 1 July 2016, underlies the establishment of the Whistleblowers Authority. This Act obliges all organisations in the Netherlands with more than 50 employees to introduce an internal reporting procedure for reporting abuses. The Act also bans retaliation against the reporters who have reported a possible abuse in the proper manner. An English version of the Act can be found here.

Advice

Anyone who suspects an abuse in the workplace can obtain confidential and free advice from one of the advisors of the Whistleblowers Authority. This is, however, subject to the condition that it concerns an abuse with a public interest, which is work-related and based on a reasonable suspicion.

If you believe that your situation meets this condition and you need advice, please contact one of our advisors at: advies@huisvoorklokkenluiders.nl.

Investigation

If the reporter of a particular situation qualifies as a ‘whistleblower’, under certain conditions an investigation can be carried out at the request of the whistleblower. We conduct investigations into the abuse itself or into the way the employer treated the whistleblower as a result of a report.

Prevention

The Whistleblowers Authority also provides information to employers on the implementation of a structured integrity policy. In this way, the Whistleblowers Authority also aims to combat abuses through preventive measures and thus prevent reports of abuse from escalating into whistleblower situations.

If you have any questions about the introduction of a reporting procedure, cultural aspects within your organisation or about the implementation of an integrity policy, please contact the Prevention department at the Whistleblowers Authority at: kenniscentrum@huisvoorklokkenluiders.nl

More information

Do you have any other questions? Then please contact the Whistleblowers Authority.

Annual Report Whistleblowers Authority 2017

Annual Report Whistleblowers Authority 2016

 

 

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