Frequently asked questions
What is the WeMoral whistleblowing service?
WeMoral whistleblowing service is a web-based solution dedicated to your company and available to your employees and stakeholders that allows them to report any workplace misconduct. Such reported actions or behaviors (incidents) may, if not identified and addressed, affect company's activity or create serious liability (regarding i.a. health and safety, environment, human rights, individual rights, privacy. etc.).
Is it mandatory? Since when should my company implement a whistleblowing service?
The UE Whistleblower Directive introduces fixed deadlines from which the possession of the whistleblowing service is obligatory for individual organizations. However, this does not exclude the possibility of an earlier voluntary implementation of such a system in your company if it is not covered by the obligation. According to the UE Whistleblower Directive:
Starting from December 17th, 2021 - the new law must be transposed into national law by the EU member states. from this date each organization with at least 250 employees must be ready to comply with the new law.
Starting from December 17th, 2023 - each organization with 50 – 249 employees must be ready to comply with the new law and implement a whistleblowing service.
What imposes the obligation for having a whistleblowing service? Where is it applicable?
The new requirement comes from the Directive (EU) 2019/1937 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2019 on the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law and it obliges every entity operating within the EU to be compliant with it. You can find the Directive here: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/en/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32019L1937
What kind of whistleblowing channel needs to be implemented?
Internal whistleblowing channels become more important than ever. According to the Directive, employers should implement suitable internal systems in order to encourage their employees to report incidents internally, i.e. to their employer in the first place. However, it should be noted that whistleblowers will be protected by the Directive also when reporting to competent authorities or to the media.
The EU Directive places specific requirements on the nature of the whistleblowing channel to be provided. The main condition is that the system shall ensure the anonymity of the whistleblower. WeMoral is a complex solution that provides employers with compliance with all the latest requirements, and provides employees with the highest level of security and anonymity.