Whistleblowing is a colloquial term used to describe the disclosure of wrongdoing in an organization.
- A criminal offence such as fraud.
- Health and safety being at risk.
- Risk of or actual damage to the environment.
- A miscarriage of justice.
- The company breaking the law – for example, it doesn’t have the correct (or any) insurance.
- You believe that someone is covering up wrongdoing.
NB: You are not considered a whistleblower if you are reporting a personal grievance (for example – bullying, harassment or discrimination) unless your particular case is in the public interest. These should be reported according to your employer’s grievance policy.