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The Future of Whistleblowing

The Future of Whistleblowing

2023 was a milestone year for Protect as we celebrated our 30th Anniversary with an inspiring and thought-provoking conference exploring The Future of Whistleblowing. More than 350 people joined us in person and online to hear from journalists, lawyers, academics, whistleblowers, business leaders and politicians. The day covered a breadth of subjects relating to whistleblowing including the impact of the #MeToo movement, the legal reform of whistleblowing protection, how to combat ‘SLAPPS’ as well as an exploration of whistleblowing legislation around the world. The day also saw the launch of Protect’s Environmental Whistleblowing Toolkit and a discussion on speaking up on climate change.  

A huge thankyou to NatWest Group, Linklaters and Littleton Chambers for their support for this landmark event. 

Environmental Whistleblowing Toolkit

Protect’s free Environmental Whistleblowing Toolkit is a practical and legal guide to raising environmental concerns. Drafted with help from trade unions, lawyers, Non-Governmental Organisations and journalists, it offers guidance on whistleblowing in the workplace to help you raise concerns safely and with maximum impact.

Whistleblowing law – the political perspective

Kevin Hollinrake MP – Minister for Enterprise, Markets and Small Business – spoke to Andy Pepper-Parsons, Director of Policy and Communications, ahead of Protect’s 30th anniversary conference. As the minister in charge of the government’s review of the whistleblowing framework he says “The key fundamental is making sure whistleblowers are treated properly, protected properly and they’re compensated when things have gone wrong.” He has vowed to look at the legislation from all angles to ensure it protects everyone who raises concerns in the workplace

If elected into government at the next election Justin Madders MP – Shadow Minister for Business , Employment Rights and Levelling Up says Labour would “introduce a new bill based on the New Deal for Working People and bring forward legislation in the first one hundred days to bring the world of work into the 21st century.” In this video he talks about the current whistleblowing framework and reiterates Labour’s pledge to strengthen whistleblowers’ rights.

Feedback from the day

“It was a hugely stimulating and interesting day – I learnt so much and made some great connections which is down to the fantastic work the team put in together, such a great event.” – Zelda Perkins, Co-founder of Can’t Buy My Silence.
“It was a huge pleasure to step in yesterday and participate in Protect’s conference. It was brilliantly organised and packed so much in – I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day!” – Charlie Holt,  Co-chair of the UK Anti-SLAPP Coalition.

“The “How far have we come” session was insightful and showcased that in many areas we have moved forward a long way. I think it helped show that my industry, Financial Services, is in a good place, however, like other sectors we must not be complacent.” – Mike Heath, Coventry Building Society.

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