Whistleblower system in accordance with the Whistleblower Protection Act (Hinweisgeberschutzgesetz)
Information on the Whistleblower Protection Act
The EU Whistleblower Protection Directive has been in force for some time and will soon be fully implemented in Germany. The German Whistleblower Protection Act was published on June 2, 2023 and will be valid from July 2, 2023.
Things to know about the Act
The aim of the Whistleblower Protection Act is to better protect people who wish to draw attention to misconduct in companies. Companies are therefore obliged to introduce an internal reporting office with associated reporting channels. Employees can use this to report irregularities such as corruption or other violations.
Depending on the size of the company, different deadlines apply for setting up the reporting office. Companies with more than 250 employees must have already implemented this by July 2, 2023. For companies with 50 to 249 employees, the deadline is December 17, 2023.
Assistance from our member company conreri
A sensibly set up reporting office and a reliable reporting system are essential for the timely detection and clarification of breaches. If you need support with this, our member company conreri offers a digital whistleblowing system and other services in the context of the HinschG. This includes all necessary reporting channels, plausibility checks of the information and the possibility of subsequent support for the respective matter.
Further information can be found at https://conreri.de/hinweisgebersystem/. For BVDW member companies, the initial costs are offered at a 50 percent discount on the conreri side. If you have any questions or need support, please contact David Pfau (firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel. 0151-61728308), who works at conreri as Head of Data & Privacy.
Disclaimer: We would like to point out that we work with conreri, among others, in this area, as they provide the external data protection officer for the BVDW. There are various providers on the market who can support you in the context of the HinschG and a digital reporting system.