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Anti-Corruption

Blowing the Whistle on Corruption

Whistleblowers play an essential role in exposing illegal and unethical behaviour, and nowhere is this more true than in the fight against corruption and economic crime. Never has this issue been more important either, with the UK gradually sliding down the rankings of Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index, and the government estimating that fraud is now the most common crime in the country.  

Research from the Institute of Chartered Fraud Examiners shows that internal tip-offs are the most effective way of detecting fraud, more so than internal audits or management reviews. The United Nations Convention Against Corruption recently affirmed the important role that whistleblowers play in helping states to “detect, investigate and prosecute cases of corruption”. 

Our Anti-Corruption project aims to improve the protections for the brave whistleblowers who risk retaliation when speaking up, by working with regulators, employers  and like-minded organisations to identify corruption and bring those at the heart of it to account. 

Explore Our Insights

Dive into a wealth of knowledge through our curated blogs and research briefings. Our expert team at Protect has prepared in-depth analyses on various relevant topics, offering a comprehensive understanding of the issues at hand. Whether you’re a whistleblower seeking guidance or a concerned citizen eager to stay informed, our resources are here to empower you. 

New hope for anti-corruption whistleblowers – fighting on a global scale

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Government is asking the wrong questions when it comes to whistleblowing in the civil service.

Anti-SLAPPs and the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act: what's next?

Making a Difference

Take a look at our research briefings, anti-corruption events we have spoken at and network of like-minded organisations we collaborate with to effect positive change. We are hugely grateful to Joffe Charitable Trust whose funding has allowed us to focus on anti-corruption and initiate this project.

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Events

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Jóhannes Stefánsson

Jóhannes Stefánsson exposed his employer’s practice of paying bribes and corruption to officials in Namibia for illicit access to the country’s fishing resources. Several of these officials are now awaiting trial in Namibia, though no action has been taken by the Icelandic authorities. After multiple threats on his life, which Johannes believes came from the Namibian Secret Service and the South African mafia, he was forced to hire bodyguards for his personal safety. He also alleges that he was poisoned, after facing years of unexplained and debilitating health issues. 

Jonathan Taylor

Jonathan Taylor alerted the authorities to large-scale, systematic corruption in the oil industry. His disclosures about SBM Offshore led to criminal prosecutions and multi-million dollar fines being levied in four countries. In October 2022, Jonathan Taylor welcomed the ruling of the Monaco appeal court, which “will give me back control over my life.” Here he tells his story of victimisation after blowing the whistle.

Case studies

Finance worker speaks up over fake charges to clients

Charity worker raises furlough fraud concerns

Accountant speaks up over construction company’s financial malpractice

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