What is whistleblowing?
Whistleblowing means that someone reveals irregularities or wrongdoing within an organization, company or authority. There are several examples of whistleblowing that have had a major impact on society and business.
A well-known example is Edward Snowden, who revealed surveillance methods at the American NSA. This led to a global debate about privacy and surveillance. Another example is Dieselgate, where Volkswagen employees raised the alarm that the company was manipulating emissions tests for diesel cars. This resulted in extensive fines and claims for damages.
In Sweden, the Telia scandal is an example of whistleblowing, where employees raised the alarm about suspected bribery in connection with the company’s establishment in Uzbekistan. This led to an extensive legal process and changes within the company.
Whistleblowers are important in exposing corruption, abuse of power and other irregularities. They contribute to strengthening legal certainty, protecting society’s values and maintaining a high ethical standard.