The Ethics Research Center has worked through data within The National Business Ethics Survey 2013 to understand the impact an organisation’s Ethics and Compliance Program has on employee reporting.

Not surprisingly, the evidence clearly identifies organisations with an effective Ethics and Compliance Program foster a culture where employees feel safe to report misconduct.

The report includes key findings:

  • Confidence in management is a key motivator. Employee reporting substantially increase when top management is committed to the program.
  • Employees are less likely to report misconduct when it involves individuals with more authority. To compensate this behaviour, organisations should focus on developing a best practice program which includes a robust anonymous external reporting pathway.
  • When employees at all levels are held accountable, retaliation is not as prominent

Read the entire report here.