Whistle-Blowing is known by a number of descriptive terms such as hotline reporting, blow-the whistle, ombudsman reporting, employee dialogue, etc., but the principle purpose of whistle-blowing is universally the same, and as such, in general, terms could be described as:
“The exposure or disclosure of mismanagement, maladministration, corruption, non-compliance, or any other form of misconduct perpetrated by an organization (public or private sector) or any of its employees either on behalf of the organization or in their personal capacity, to a figure of authority appointed or prescribed through policy to receive or deal with such reports.
Empower yourself and others by living your values, Show commitment and loyalty through prudent disclosure, reporting and communication in an environment that is free from retaliation, influence, and/or harassment.
All reporting via our e-mail, and other reporting platforms are dealt with in a confidential manner by independent investigative consultants employed by FFRS.
Your confidentiality will be protected as prescribed by the laws of South Africa, including but not limited to: The King IV report on Corporate Governance, The Protected Disclosures Act, 26 of 2000, Protection of Personal Information Act, Act 4 of 2013, and the Companies Act, 71, of 2008.
When completing your incident report you will be requested to provide an e-mail address and full names. These are compulsory fields, yet in the event that you may want to remain anonymous, you may complete these two fields by noting the words "Anonymous" in both the e-mail and full name sections.
Note that you will not be able to follow-up on progress and will receive no feedback and assessors will not be able to contact you to follow-up or obtain additional information in the event that you select the anonymous option in both these sections. All incident reporting should be made with due consideration to the limitations and/or benefits associated with disclosed identity and/or anonymous reporting.
What can I report
There are no limitations to what you can report. Our speak-up facility is available to you, to report incidents or issues of any nature within any environment. Some examples of reporting areas as follows: