Today is International Women's Day

Today is International Women's Day

WhistleBlower Security Inc. is proud to celebrate International Women's Day

As a women-owned business, WBS is celebrating today - International Women's Day. IWD is a day where people and businesses celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Today, people and businesses are reinforcing the commitment to accelerate gender parity.

International Women's Day is marked annually on March 8th and we believe it's an important day to:

  • Celebrate the achievement of women
  • Raise awareness about women's equality
  • Lobby for accelerated gender parity
  • Fundraise for female-focused charities

International Women's Day started in the early 1900s. We've heard many stories of women's oppression and inequality from these early days. This oppression and inequality is what drove women in this time, and since to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change. The past decades have seen women stand up for the right to vote, the right for equal pay, the right to be accepted, and the right to part of all conversations.

There are many pioneering women who fought for women's right many of us have heard of. Sojourner Truth fought for gender and racial equality. Frida Kahlo used her art to express taboo subjects surrounding women.  Simone de Beauvoir paved the way for modern feminism. And who can forget the fearless Ruth Bader Ginsburg who used her Supreme Court seat to change the course of history.

Today, women, and men, across the globe are sharing stories, and supporting other women, and women business owners to succeed. This author would like to use this post to share the story of how our fearless leader created our company WhistleBlower Security - the only women-owned business in our space.

As the only WBE Canada Certified and WEConnect International Certified ethics hotline provider in the market, we are excited to be a part of a growing movement of like-minded women-owned businesses supporting each other. We know we're in a unique space providing tools and supporting companies that understand the necessity of ethics in business and how it should be a priority. The below is a small story of how our company started. It's a story of curiosity, dedication, and a lot of very hard work.

We’re passionate about nurturing the philosophy of creating safe and secure workplace cultures where employees can speak up about the wrongs they see, and where management has a better understanding of what challenges employees may be facing.

WhistleBlower Security Inc. started after Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) came into play. SOX required publicly traded companies to have a process to allow their employees to come forward and report wrongdoing. At that time there were many scandals and our founder, Shannon thought it was interesting that companies were mandated to do the right thing and to create processes for their employees to be in a safe place where they could do the right thing.

At the time of the initial idea for the company, WBS had a contact center that was used for a parent company Shannon worked with. We also had a great IT department. With a bit of research on what a good ethics reporting platform could look like for people to come forward to speak up about wrongdoing, the very first simplistic, and admittedly clunky, intake form was born. As well, the existing contact center was set up on a part time basis to receive phone calls as a way to 'test the waters'.

From here, WBS grew organically off the side of Shannon’s desk for the first few years. It wasn't Shannon's main business at the time, but it was something she was very passionate about and it was something she felt good about nurturing. WBS's first clients at the time were quite visionary in the sense that they wanted to provide these types of tools for their employees to come forward and speak up safely. And for their management to have better engagement, better oversight, and better understanding of the challenges their employees, who were out in the field, were experiencing.

WBS has continued to grow and most of our very first clients continue to use our IntegrityCounts product to gather valuable feedback from employees in the workplace. WBS started in Vancouver with a very small footprint and today we have hotlines in over 80 countries. The web platform is available in 26 languages and the call center live-answers in English, French, and Spanish with 150 additional languages supported by an interpretation partner.

We have clients with less than 50 employees, and clients with hundreds of thousands of employees.

WBS is headquartered in Canada and since 2005 we've been dedicated to safeguarding hundreds of organizations against risk and fraud globally, while promoting and improving ethical work environments. We work with public, private and non-profits to augment, support and enhance cultures of integrity, accountability, and transparency. No matter your size or industry, we'd love to talk with you about your ethics and compliance needs.

Contact us and let's have a chat!

photo Amanda Nieweler

Amanda Nieweler

Amanda writes for WhistleBlower Security about ethics, compliance, workplace culture, and whistleblower hotlines. Amanda brings her nearly two decades of risk and compliance experience to the WBS blog where she is dedicated to helping people and companies promote speak-up cultures.