Making a disclosure in the public interest by an employee, director or external person, in an attempt to reveal neglect or abuses within the activities of an organisation, government body or company (or one of its business partners) that threaten public interest, its integrity and reputation.
The term in English is largely positive although many languages lack a similar concept with the same connotation.
Why it matters
Additional Information: Whistleblowing
- Transparency International, Whistleblowing in Europe: the time has come to tell a new story (news feature including videos, November 2013)
- Transparency International, Reinstatement and redemption: whistleblowers’ path to acceptance (news feature, March 2013)
- Transparency International, International principles for whistleblower legislation
- Transparency International, Whistleblowing in Europe: Legal protections for whistleblowers in the EU
- Transparency International, Whistleblower protection and the UN Convention against Corruption