Many employees have a 'Roger Story'. Some have told theirs. Others are still building up the courage to do so.
News of the day is that not only do we need whistleblowers, but we need protections in place to ensure they can come forward and not be persecuted for speaking up and doing the right thing.
People today are not shy about expressing their feelings when it comes to something they feel very passionate about. Gone are the days of keeping quiet about a company's political agenda or leadership views - especially if agendas and views are seen as propaganda or ethically wrong.
After a historic summit attended by The Pope, a few months ago, on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, he issued new guidelines on reporting abuse allegations. And just recently Catholic bishops in the US have confirmed the need for reporting hotlines for bringing forward instances of abuse.
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right? Not at the CEI event last week. Because many of the visitors who came by our booth were either in need of a whistleblower hotline, or were wanting to leave their current provider. It's a conversation that was communicated during some of the sessions, and a conversation we had with numerous visitors to our booth. Compliance programs, big or small, need a whistleblower program.
It's a scenario many ethics professionals find themselves in. When implementing a whistleblower hotline, comparisons are made between internally run systems, and outsourced third-party programs. What would be the easiest? What would be the cheapest? What will get the job done?