Compliance: Yes or No?

Compliance: Yes or No? Following on from our previous article entitled “European Whistleblower Protection Directive: Key Requirements for Companies” (click to find out more) as if we were reading this week’s article, following on from the previous one (if you…

European Whistleblower Protection Directive: Key Requirements for Companies

The European Whistleblower Protection Directive, formally known as Directive (EU) 2019/1937, establishes a regulatory framework for the protection of individuals who report wrongdoing in organizations. This directive is crucial for promoting transparency and accountability within companies. This article aims to…

Anonymous Reporting Channel: The Advantages for Your Company

In a world where transparency and accountability are increasingly valued, companies face the challenge of dealing with internal irregularities effectively and ethically. In this context, an anonymous communication channel for reporting irregularities emerges as a key tool for promoting a…

Obligated entities: Who should use the iBlow reporting channel in the European Union?

“Recently”, more precisely in December 2021, the European Union implemented the European Whistleblower Protection Directive 1937/2021, establishing a set of standards to protect whistleblowers and promote a culture of integrity and transparency in various entities. It’s main objective is to…

The Consequences of Insurance Fraud for Companies: How to Protect Yourself and Mitigate Risks

Insurance fraud is a reality that many companies have to deal with. In addition to the direct financial impacts, such as monetary losses resulting from fraudulent claims, there are a number of other consequences that can significantly affect a company’s…

Privacy and Whistleblowing: How to Protect Sensitive Data

Today we’re going to talk to you about privacy in the context of whistleblowing, because it’s doubly important to protect sensitive, personal data and other information when reporting whistleblowing, which can have a much higher degree of sensitivity, clearly depending…

Checklist: How to choose the right compliance service for your company

Today’s business world is increasingly regulated, so ensuring legal and ethical compliance has become a priority for companies of all sizes and sectors. For many organizations, hiring a reliable compliance service is essential to ensure that they operate within legal…

Transforming Compliance in the Financial Sector: Case Studies that Prove the Positive Impact

In the increasingly complex and regulated financial world, effective compliance has become a priority for financial institutions. The ability to rigorously comply with laws and regulations not only protects the integrity of the financial system, but also strengthens the confidence…

Importance of the Compliance Department

The compliance department is essential for companies for a number of important reasons. Here are some of them that should be well thought out, internalized and the necessary actions taken to achieve them:   Legal compliance The main objective of…

The Importance of Training in Compliance Processes

In today’s business landscape, where integrity and compliance are fundamental to the success and reputation of organizations, training in compliance processes has emerged as a pressing need. Compliance, or regulatory compliance, refers to compliance with applicable laws and regulations, as…

Working together for a culture of respect: Overcoming workplace histories

In the fabric of companies, building an inclusive and respectful work environment is essential for employee well-being and organizational success. However, there are still significant challenges to overcome, including discrimination and sometimes very long, avoidable harassment in the workplace. In…

Internal Whistleblowing: Strategies for an effective response

In the corporate environment, internal whistleblowing plays a crucial role in detecting and resolving issues such as misconduct, illegalities in some legal spheres, ethical violations and other improper and/or irregular behavior. However, dealing effectively with these reports can be a…

Insurance Fraud: Stay Alert and Protect your Company

Insurance fraud is a constant threat to companies in Portugal and around the world. Protecting yourself against this type of crime is essential to maintaining the financial stability and integrity of your business. In this article, we’ll explore strategies for…

Ensuring Compliance in the Financial Sector: The Vital Role of Whistleblowing Software

In the highly regulated landscape of the financial sector, ensuring compliance with rules and regulations is an absolute priority. Companies face several specific challenges, from complying with consumer protection laws to preventing money laundering and terrorist financing. In this context,…

Technology and Risk Management: The Road to Compliance

In an increasingly complex and regulated business world, risk management and compliance have become essential elements for the success and sustainability of organizations. However, they face various challenges, such as the complexity of regulations, the diversity of stakeholders, the lack…

Preserving the Planet, Everyone’s Responsibility: Fighting Environmental Crime

In a world that is constantly evolving, preserving our planet is becoming a collective responsibility that transcends borders and individual interests. The fight against environmental crime has emerged as a pressing need, and it is imperative to highlight the negative impacts…

Fair competition, strong economy: The impact of anti-competitive practices

Anti-competitive practices are business behaviors that jeopardize the normal functioning of a competitive market, harming consumers, other companies and society in general. These practices can take various forms, such as agreements between competitors to fix prices, limit production or share…

Innovation with Integrity: Respecting Copyright

In the digital age in which we live, where information circulates at an impressive speed, innovation and creativity are becoming the cornerstones of progress. However, it is essential to stress that, on the road to innovation, integrity must be preserved,…

Guide to Effective Implementation of Whistleblowing Programs in Organizations

Implementing a whistleblowing program is an essential practice for promoting a transparent and ethical organizational culture. This guide offers valuable guidance and tips for companies wishing to establish an efficient whistleblowing system, encouraging employees to report unethical conduct in a…

Industrial Espionage: Curiosities and Protection Strategies for Companies

Industrial espionage is a growing threat in the business world, where global competition and rapid technological evolution make confidential information a valuable asset. This article explores curiosities about industrial espionage and offers practical tips for protecting your company’s intellectual property…

The Responsibility of Senior Management in Promoting a Safe and Transparent Whistleblowing Culture

Introduction Legal and ethical compliance is a fundamental pillar for the success and sustainability of any organization. In the current context, whistleblowing laws play a crucial role in identifying and correcting unethical or illegal behavior within companies. In this scenario,…

Harmful Consequences of Public Tender Manipulation: A Case Study

Introduction Public tenders are fundamental instruments for bidding for positions and projects in the public administration, seeking to select the most qualified professionals in a fair and transparent manner. Unfortunately, however, the manipulation of these tenders has become a reality…

Risks, Transparency and the Insurance Business: An effective approach

Risk management and the promotion of transparency are fundamental for insurance business, as they make it possible to identify, assess and manage the risks inherent in the insurance business (across the board, whether the entities are the insurers themselves –…

Unite against Corruption: How to fight corruption and illicit practices

In order to fight corruption in the public and private sectors, it is necessary to adopt a national, global and integrated strategy that involves the prevention, detection and repression of the phenomenon. Some of the measures that can be implemented…

Retaliation and protection against reprisals under the Whistleblowing Act

It has been widely reported that the whistleblower protection law is the result of the transposition of a European directive, which is of great importance and can be an asset for companies, as it allows them to identify, within their…

Culture of Ethics and Compliance: The differentiating factor for successful real estate agents

Ethics and compliance are fundamental to the success of any business, and the real estate sector is no exception. A culture of ethics and compliance can help ensure that real estate companies operate in a fair and transparent manner, protecting…

Accounting Fraud: Understanding its Implications and How to Protect Yourself

Accounting fraud is a problem that can seriously affect a company’s financial health, as well as its credibility with investors and the general public. Understanding what accounting fraud is, its implications and what you can do to protect your company…

Legal Whistleblowing: Efficient Procedures

Handling reports related to the Whistleblowing Act requires specific procedures to ensure that reports are dealt with effectively, fairly and in compliance with the regulations in force. Here we summarize some of the appropriate procedures for dealing with whistleblowing reports…

10 essential tips for preventing money laundering in your company

Implementing effective money laundering prevention measures requires a structured process and the participation of the entire organization. Here are practical tips to help companies in this process: 1. Constant Awareness and Training Provide ongoing training for all employees on money…

Revealing the challenges of regulatory compliance in the financial sector

Financial institutions face several significant challenges in relation to regulatory compliance, making it a complex and challenging task due to a number of factors. Here are some of the inherent challenges and how whistleblowing software can help mitigate them:  …

The power of the whistleblower: discover inspiring case studies

In this article we present 2 case studies of courageous whistleblowers who helped expose wrongdoing and promote positive changes in society and in the future of handling sensitive information. One of the most notable whistleblower cases is that of Daniel…

Whistleblowing Law: Corporate Responsibility and Compliance

Compliance with whistleblowing law, is a crucial part of corporate responsibility. It involves creating an environment where employees (as a minimum, although for best results the focus should much wider) feel safe to report fraudulent, unethical or illegal activities without…

Statistics show the importance of compliance in the financial sector

Let’s explore statistics that illustrate both the challenges and benefits of compliance in the financial sector: Compliance Challenges in the Financial Sector: Cost of Compliance: The overall cost of regulatory compliance in the banking sector can be substantial. According to…

Fighting corporate fraud: Identification and prevention

The fight against corporate fraud involves both identifying and preventing fraudulent practices within an organization. Here are some specific strategies for both areas, to get you thinking, analyzing the feasibility of possible implementation in your organization, and taking action with…

Whistleblowing law: Protecting and empowering employees

Interest in the whistleblowing law and its application in Portugal has been growing and more and more companies have implemented the necessary processes and/or are aware of the requirements, added value and what to do to comply with it –…

The Importance of Corporate Integrity: The path to success

In the business world, corporate integrity is a key factor for the long-term success of companies. More than just a slogan, corporate integrity is a fundamental principle that guides the practices and decisions of organizations. In this article, we will…

Corporate Compliance: Case Studies Reveal Its Impact on Businesses

Compliance is a crucial element for the efficient and sustainable operation of any organization. Adopting appropriate compliance measures not only ensures that companies are in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, but also has a significant impact regarding financial health,…

Fraud Prevention: 5 best practices for corporate compliance

Fraud is a significant threat to businesses and can cause significant financial and reputational damage. To avoid these problems, it is critical that organizations implement effective compliance practices. This article presents the five compliance best practices that companies should adopt…

Anonymous Whistleblowing Reporting: Promoting Compliance and Business Ethics

Compliance and ethics are essential to the smooth functioning of an organization in the business world. However, it is not always easy to detect and address inappropriate behavior or internal inconsistencies. Anonymous whistleblowing has proven to be a powerful tool…

European Directive on whistleblowers protection: Know the rules and the implications for businesses

In 2019, the European Union passed a landmark piece of legislation called the Whistleblower Protection Directive, which aims to ensure high levels of safety for people who report violations of law within EU jurisdiction that harm the interests of the…

Building a Competitive Advantage: The Strategic Benefits of Whistleblower Software for Financial Institutions

In today’s business landscape, compliance and risk management are key elements to the success of financial institutions. Maintaining operational integrity, protecting reputation and ensuring customer confidence are constant challenges in this highly regulated industry. One tool that can make all…

OpenAI Announces Cybersecurity Grant Program: Strengthening Digital Defense

In the ever-evolving digital world, cybersecurity is an increasingly pressing concern. With increasing digital threats and the growing sophistication of cybercriminals, it is essential to seek innovative solutions to strengthen digital defense. In this context, OpenAI, a reputable artificial intelligence…

Promise of a ‘pedagogical’ approach and organizational reform is made by the new president of the CNPD

The National Commission for Data Protection (CNPD) recently welcomed a new president, Paula Meira Lourenço, who brought with her a vision of change and the promise of a more pedagogical approach to business and internal reform. These changes aim to…

Ensuring employee data integrity: Best practices

Protecting the integrity of employee data is a key concern for today’s organizations. With the enormous amount of personal information stored and processed, it is crucial to adopt effective security measures to preserve the privacy and confidentiality of this sensitive…

The role of whistleblower software in compliance: how the system can help meet the obligations of the law and improve the whistleblowing process

Whistleblower protection should be an area of concern for all employers. The most influential public and private companies are currently investing in the efficient implementation of whistleblower channels and encouraging the use of these channels by employees.   Increasingly, entities…

The impact of Law 93/2021 on whistleblowing

Law 93/2021 establishes the general whistleblower protection regime.  Although it sounds, by description, like something negative for a company, the truth is that it may not only be an advantage but also an opportunity to avoid major losses and deal…

External whistleblowing and how to deal with it: a guide for whistleblowing teams

In the previous article we talked about the obligation of entities that under Law No. 93/2021 of December 20 are required to adopt whistleblowing channels and institution of the rules that internal whistleblowing must comply with. As mentioned in this…

Internal whistleblowing and how to handle it : a guide for management teams and investigators.

Internal whistleblowing is an increasingly important topic in companies. Whether for ethical or legal reasons, it is essential that management teams know how to handle reports and conduct investigations properly and efficiently. This article aims to provide a guide for…

Anonymous reporting and its importance

Anonymous whistleblowing is an important tool in the fight against corruption and to protect the rights of collaborators, customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders (although in this article we focus only on collaborators). It is a process by which people can…

Internal reporting channel and why companies need one!

The importance of internal reporting channels: legal obligations and benefits for the organization. In today’s business world, companies face many challenges, including regulatory compliance, risk management, and maintaining ethical standards. One of the ways in which companies can address these…

How an anonymous reporting system works

Guide to understanding the whistleblowing process without fear of reprisals. Introduction Reporting illegal or immoral behavior or activities is important for the safety of society. However, people are often afraid of reprisals if identified. That’s where the anonymous reporting system…

Illicit practices. How to combat it inside your company?

In order to maintain company integrity and reputation, it is important for companies to take steps to prevent and combat illicit practices in their work environment. Here are some tips to help keep your entity out of legal and ethical…

The importance of having a report channel

A whistleblowing channel is important because it allows people to confidentially or anonymously report problems or misconduct that they have witnessed or of which they are victims. This can include misconduct, corruption, abuse of power, discrimination, among others. In addition,…

Fighting corruption: How a whistleblowing channel can be useful

A whistleblower channel is a valuable tool in fighting corruption, as it allows citizens and employees to report illegal activities anonymously and securely. This can help identify and combat corruption that may be occurring within an organization or even a…

Reports submitted through internal or external reporting channels, or publicly disclosed? What does the RGPDI include?

Did you know that… The new General Whistleblower Protection Regime predicts that reports will be submitted through internal or external whistleblowing channels, or made public? The creation of internal reporting channels is mandatory for private and public sector entities employing…

What are the obligations of an entity following an internal report?

Did you know that The entity receiving an internal report is obliged to notify, within a maximum of 7 days, the receipt to the reporting person, as well as provide him/her with complete and accurate information as to the possibility…

General Regime for the Protection of Whistleblowers

Did you know that… The new General Rules on Whistleblower Protection and Corruption Prevention have been in force since June 2022 and implement the National Anti-Corruption Strategy 2020-2024. There are now new rights for whistleblowers as well as new obligations…

Who is a whistleblower?

Under the new General Whistleblower Protection Scheme, any person who reports via an internal or external channel a breach or discloses it publicly, based on information obtained in a current or previous professional relationship, or during any pre-contractual negotiation phase,…

iBlow featured in ExKlusiva Magazine

Is your organization prepared for the 93/2021 Act? To better understand what changes this law brings, we talked to Constantino Ferreira, from the iBlow.eu team. In your opinion, is this a safer way to protect the reputation of the company…

New normative for the prevention of corruption

Scope of the new national strategy against corruption. There is a new reality in the fight against corruption in the European Union and Portugal as a member is not left out. On the contrary, it was one of the first…