Anti-Corruption training in Vienna

18th October 2017

I delivered a whistleblowing seminar for the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) in Vienna earlier this month, as part of their Anti-Corruption Tailor-made Training for representatives of the Eurasian Economic Union.

My seminar was one part of the wider programme that took place over a three-day course covering many aspects of anti-corruption. The delegates were a diverse group in two ways. To start with the audience came from different parts of Eastern Europe and Central Asia including countries Russia, Belarus and Armenia. Secondly, the group came from a variety of sectors and professions including lawyers, law enforcement officials, civil servants and money laundering or anti-corruption officers. They also heralded from both the private and the public sector. A common link was the delegates were anti-corruption practitioners rather than policy makers.

The International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) is an international organisation and post-secondary educational institution at IACA’s Campus in Austria.

The training I delivered focused on three points giving them an insight into the dilemma and pressures faced by UK whistleblowers, an overview of the UK whistleblowing protection, and the principles of best practice for internal whistleblowing arrangements.

It was clear to me what made the most impact was outlining the dilemma whistleblowers face, the pressures they are under and the profile of the types of whistleblowers who contact us for advice. This, and outlining PCaW understanding of what whistleblowing means, generated a lot of discussion from the group. The insights I shared were taken from research we completed with Greenwich University - Whistleblowing: The Inside Story looking at 1000 cases from our advice line, using the note of the conversations to track different trends in the whistleblowers journey when raising the concerns.

The research, like our experience at PCaW, is UK focused in that the whistleblowers we speak to and advise tend to be based in the UK or have a connection to a UK employer, but that said it struck me that some of the experiences and pressures felt by whistleblowers will probably be similar to those experience in other countries.

By PCaW Head of Policy Andrew Pepper-Parsons