Most G20 Countries Leave Whistleblowers in the Cold

Despite strong and persistent pledges to strengthen protections for whistleblowers, most G20 countries still do not adequately shield people who expose crime and corruption from retaliation, fines and criminal prosecution.

A new report co-authored by Blueprint for Free Speech details how most G20 countries have made little progress in recent years toward improving protections and reporting opportunities for employees and citizens who witness misconduct. “Breaking the Silence: Strengths & Weaknesses in G20 Whistleblower Protection Laws” is the follow-up to Blueprint’s 2014 report, which was the first-ever independent study of whistleblower policies in G20 countries.

Blueprint has identified several key areas in need of improvement in many G20 countries, including:
• more reliable internal channels to report misconduct
• protecting a whistleblower’s right to disclose to the media
• protecting anonymous reporting
• better enforcement of whistleblower laws

G20 countries with particularly poor whistleblower policies include Argentina, Brazil, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Many countries have very weak or no legislation whatsoever.

“Breaking the Silence” weighs the whistleblower laws of G20 countries against prevailing standards developed by organisations including the Council of Europe, OECD and Transparency International.

Download the report hereBreaking the Silence Strengths and Weaknesses in G20 Whistleblower Protection Laws