A Global Approach to Public Interest Disclosure

A Global Approach to Public Interest Disclosure

What Can We Learn from Existing Whistleblowing Legislation and Research?

Edited by David B. Lewis

This timely and important book assesses the impact of legislation on public interest disclosures internationally, as well as setting an agenda for future research on whistleblowing.

Preface

Edited by David B. Lewis

Subjects: business and management, human resource management

Extract

It is worth noting that the manuscript for this book is being submitted in the same month as the twenty-fifth anniversary of the world’s worst industrial disaster. This took place in Bhopal, India and is estimated to have led to the deaths of over 20 000 people with a further 80 000 still affected by the aftermath. As in other major accidents, safety risks and defects had been reported well before the gas explosion occurred but those responsible chose not to deal with them. While it is not claimed that whistleblower protection laws would have prevented this catastrophe, it is asserted that effective confidential reporting policies and procedures which provide for external disclosures of information where appropriate can play a significant role in disaster management. It is hoped that this book will stimulate further debate about the value of, and mechanisms for, establishing a whistleblowing culture in modern society. David Lewis 16 December 2009 ix