Trade unions and civil society call on G20 to protect whistleblowers

Issued by Transparency International Secretariat



Transparency International is one of more than 400 civil society organisations urging the G20 to protect whistleblowers from retaliation, in a joint call with trade unions from across G20 countries. The official G20 engagement groups for Civil Society (C20, or Civil 20) and Trade Unions (L20, or Labour 20) are asking the G20 leaders gathering in Osaka this week to adopt and implement High Level Principles on Whistleblowing.

“Whistleblowers have helped save countless lives and billions of dollars in public funds, but they often face severe consequences for speaking out. Protecting whistleblowers from retaliation can embolden others to come forward and increase the likelihood that wrongdoing is uncovered and prosecuted,” said Maria Emilia Berazategui, Global Advocacy Coordinator at Transparency International, and Chair of the C20 Anti-Corruption Working Group.  

The joint statement recognises the advanced provisions contained in the new EU directive on whistleblower protection and the recent reform on the protection of whistleblowers in the private sector in Australia. It also  notes that “while many G20 countries have adopted whistleblowing legislation, these laws often leave significant loopholes and fall short of best practice.”

G20 High Level Principles on Whistleblowing should reflect best practice in the protection of whistleblowers in both the public and private sectors, regardless of their contractual relationship, the groups said.

Specifically, the principles should:

Read the full statement 

In parallel, at the Osaka summit Transparency International is urging G20 countries to effectively implement and monitor the impact of more than 60 anti-corruption resources already adopted.


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