corporate governance / non-profit / whistleblowing

The Elf on the Shelf, Santa’s Whistleblowers

The Elf on the Shelf is a modern and increasingly popular Christmas tradition which began with a children’s book in the United States followed by a successful animated programme, features on NBC, the Tonight Show and even a float in Macy’s parade (Pinto & Nemorin 2015).  According to the tradition, elves are assigned to homes … Continue reading

corporate governance / whistleblowing

Do Whistleblowing Hotlines Work?

Although there are many definitions for whistleblowing the widely and most cited definition is “the disclosure by organisation members (former or current) of illegal, immoral or illegitimate practices under the control of their employers, to persons or organisations that may be able to effect action” (Near & Miceli 1985).  Whistleblowing hotlines[1], and the number of … Continue reading

corporate governance / state agency / whistleblowing

Paying for Whistleblowing

The Ontario Securities Commission of Canada has introduced financial rewards for whistleblowers, as much as C$5million(The Economist 2016).  This system is modelled on the American Securities and Exchange Commission scheme. But does it work? Does it uncover wrongdoing that otherwise would have continued? Not everyone pays whistleblowers, for example the British Financial Conduct Authority, the … Continue reading