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Weekly News Round-Up / 22 Feb

Your weekly dose of what’s up in whistleblowing.

Environmental whistleblowing 

ClientEarth argues the Financial Conduct Authority acted unlawfully when approving prospectus of UK oil and gas company Ithaca Energy PLC, so filing case against UK financial Regulator for failing to describe climate-related risks. (ClientEarth) 

+ New legislation to crack the whip on unproven environmental assertions as £60,000 Hyundai Nexo falls short on its’ too good to be true “beautifully clean” promises. (The Guardian) 

+ Charities, like other organisations, are being made aware of how whistleblowing policy can improve their ESG strategy.  (Shoosmiths)

Warning issued to Solicitors by SRA 

The Solicitors Regulation Authority warns Solicitors about SLAPPS, as Law firms are being hired to silence those criticising abuse litigation allegations directed against Russian Oligarchs. (The Guardian) 

Whistleblowers speaking out against sexual harassment.  

Dorset firefighter has blown the whistle on culture of sexual harassment in Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Services, after observing male colleagues watching porn, taking inappropriate photos of deceased members of staff and Senior Officer being found guilty of grooming, coercion and sexual harassment.  (Wiltshire Times)

+ Male managers exchange work for sexual favours on British tea plantations. More than 70 women have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment on Kenyan farms supplying the likes of PG tips and Lipton. (The Times) 

Global reports on whistleblowing 

New research from The Lloyds Register Foundation found that a fifth of all workers globally have experienced workplace violence or harassment, particularly in the form of psychological harassment. To make matters worse, more often than not, an individual will experience this on multiple occasions. Had they felt supported to speak up sooner, could further problems have been prevented? (Safety and Health Practitioner)

+ New report finds that EU countries are not doing enough to engage with civil society, and outlines whistleblowing protections across the EU. (Liberties)

Firms falling short when it comes to whistleblowing 

New research from Safecall finds that those tasked with investigating don’t have training, and 17% of firms still don’t have a whistleblowing policy. (People Management)

Protect’s new whistleblowing scanner for small businesses  

Firms not doing enough to support whistleblowing has led Protect, the UK’s whistleblowing charity, to launch an online assessment tool for small and medium-sized organisations (SMEs).  (Fortune Herald)