Calling Out COVID Corruption:Why pandemic requires strong Whistleblower regimes to fight corruption

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The global hardship brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic is perhaps a reminder that whistleblowers are necessary. Around the world massive emergency financing to limit the impact of COVID-19 has been authorised. With the funds required urgently, essential oversight measures are being overlooked. Whistleblowers are one of the only ways that fraud and corruption will be able to be detected early and addressed. Whether it is healthcare workers reporting important medical developments; government employees reporting fraud in procurement; company employees reporting bribery to obtain lucrative deals; or the populace reporting misconduct in the granting of key services or economic bailouts, considering what’s at stake, people should be able to speak out without fear of reprisal. Modern whistleblower protection laws allow whistleblowers to report directly to the public or media in cases of fraud and corruption. This exclusive webinar will look at the importance of a whistleblowing culture, how it must be promoted and how governments and corporates can benefit.

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