European Union countries, including Poland, are required to transpose the provisions of the Whistleblower Directive into their legislation as well as implement new procedures related to whistleblowing, and businesses and organisations must have in place internal solutions allowing for secure and confidential whistleblowing (i.e. a whistleblowing system). Entities that fail to meet the relevant requirements will face serious consequences. At the beginning of January, the topic of ‘whistleblowers’ resurfaced, and with it the spectre of a bill being passed by the Council of Ministers as early as the first quarter of 2024.
At Rymarz Zdort Maruta, we not only provide comprehensive and professional legal services related to the implementation of whistleblower protection obligations, but also recognise the need among our clients for the implementation of whistleblowing management tools within their organisations. We are pleased to announce that as of the beginning of February 2024, the Swedish technology company Whistleblowing Solutions AB, the creator of the Whistlelink system, which has been providing internal solutions for whistleblowers for 10 years, is set to become our partner in this regard.
“Implementing an effective whistleblowing system within an organisation not only provides protection against retaliation by whistleblowers, but it also allows companies to prevent and counteract irregularities in the workplace and to contribute to strengthening the effectiveness of business risk management. The main criteria that companies should follow when choosing a solution provider to manage whistleblowing should be to ensure the highest level of security against attacks, privacy protection and compliance with the relevant standards and legislation. I believe Whistlelink can guarantee this.” – says Anna Partyka-Opiela, a partner at Rymarz Zdort Maruta.
Whistlelink is an innovative tool that enables businesses and organisations to effectively manage information regarding internal unethical or non-compliant behaviour. Whistleblowing Solutions AB has a global client base across a wide range of industries, including public institutions, with an emphasis on IT security. Whistlelink is a GDPR-compliant and ISO 27001-certified platform, and it is worth noting, all of its data is hosted in Europe. The Whistlelink application is available in over 35 different languages and provides an intuitive and customisable reporting form, comprehensive administration tools for monitoring and communication, as well as statistics and reports.
“We welcome the opportunity to work with a law firm that supports clients in the area of compliance. We have seen over the years that the implementation of whistleblowing policies and procedures and the protection of whistleblowers can bring much greater benefits to companies and minimise the risks to their businesses and, with tools for managing reports, only streamline the process” – summarises Urszula Garbicz-Bryś, Territory Manager CEE, Whistleblowing Solutions AB.