Today our Chief Ombudsman Beverley Wakem called for review of New Zealand’s whistle blower legislation in light of how little we use it.
Earlier this year a report released from the Office of the Auditor-General revealed that almost a third of people working in local government were aware of colleagues having committed fraud. While inside business New Zealand’s fraudsters lifted their annual take by $79 million to $279 million in the second half of last year, according to global accounting firm KPMG’s fraud barometer.
Fraud, theft, illegal use of company property and non-compliance to health and safety requirements are just some of criminal activities a whistle blowing line should target. Yet it’s little understood here that this is the legal obligation for employers to provide safe whistle blowing lines for staff, and most don’t.
International research into workplace crime tells us fraud is much more likely to be detected by ‘tips’ than by any other method. But how easy is it for people on average to pass on their tips whilst remaining anonymous?
Well now there is. Integrity Line, under the Crimestoppers brand, is being offered as a whistle blowing line to New Zealand employers. It’s a 24/7 professionally staffed, anonymous call line that businesses can offer their staff. And then nominate who receives the reports, their own risk teams, their auditors or another third party. Any surplus funds raised by offering business individual crime reporting line services – will go towards funding the charity’s service to all Kiwis under the Crimestoppers brand. A real social enterprise.
“This is simply good governance. Offering Integrity line to your staff says you mean what you say about keeping your work place safe, and you’re supporting a much-needed charity, “ said John Perham Chairman Crimestoppers NZ.
Protected Disclosures Act 2000 and AMLCFT and FTRA Acts 2012 Report to the Nations on Occupational fraud and abuse, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Fairfax June 2012
For more information please Maggie@crimestoppers-nz.org