8 July 2016

Recent Dutch Whistleblower law requires a specific communication approach

The new Dutch law ‘House for whistleblowers’ offers employees protection after the disclosure of wrongdoing within their own organizations. The House for Whistleblowers also ensures that whistleblower cases are picked up outside of the company in question, which requires a specific communications approach.

The law mainly provides whistleblowers with protection, makes external studies of whistleblower reports possible and creates an extra disclosure dilemma for companies and organizations. How companies deal with (external) communication regarding whistleblower reports has not been regulated by this law.
Hill+Knowlton Strategies has a broad and unique experience with a diverse range of companies and organizations when it comes to dealing with delicate, internal –potential- cases of abuse. These considerations go further than just juridical considerations and need to make sure they also include the expectations of the external stakeholders.
Hill+Knowlton’s expertise with whistleblower reports covers the whole range of aspects of communications, including reports which could potentially lead to internal unrest, adverse publicity or reputational damage for the board members.
In the event of a disclosure diverse communication issues and questions will occur, but these will vary per case. A few of those may be:
-How should we respond to this internally?
-What is our story?
-What tone should we adopt?
-What are the right moments to respond or to release your own proactive announcement?
-Do we make the investigation (enquiry) publically known or not?
Hill+Knowlton Strategies can help develop a suitable and necessary communication approach with regards to a new whistleblower case and can act as an advisor should a new case present itself. 

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