ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Facilitation and Whistle-blower Protection by Indian Firms

The policies related to whistle-blowing among the BSE 30 companies in India are analysed. In the facilitative aspect, 80% of the firms explicitly mention the reporting authority. Similarly, 80% of the firms have elaborated on how the reporting should happen, whereas only 10% of the firms allow complaints to be registered over phone. The findings indicate an urgent need to develop and enforce corporate policies to protect the whistle-blowers.

Whistle-blowing is a critical aspect that helps in upholding corporate ethics. In recent times, there have been increasing awareness about whistle-blowing activities.1 Around 17 NIFTY companies said they received 3,508 whistle-blower complaints in 2018 compared to 3,139 in 2017. While this might not be a huge difference, there is a push towards increasing awareness related to whistle-blowing.2 There is a need to understand what is happening in the sphere of whistle-blowing in corporate India and this article is an attempt in that direction.

Whistle-blowing, as defined by the United States (US) civic activist Ralph Nader, is 

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Updated On : 12th Apr, 2019


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