Civil Society and Trade Unions urge G20 to protect whistleblowers
Osaka, 24 June 2019
The official G20 engagement groups for Civil Society (Civil20) and Trade Unions (Labour20) today called upon G20 leaders to take action to protect whistleblowers from retaliation.
In a joint statement, the two groups urged the G20 to adopt and implement High Level Principles for the protection of whistleblowers “in line with international standards and best practice, that protect whistleblowers in public and private sectors, regardless of their contractual relationship.”
“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, C20 Steering Committee member and International Coordinator of the C20 Anti-Corruption Working Group.
“Those who expose corruption must be protected against violence and threats, unfair treatment, losing their job, and other retaliation. The G20 should lead the international community by adopting high standard rules for the protection of whistleblowers” said Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation.
The joint statement notes the advanced provisions contained in the new EU Directive on whistleblower protection and the recent reform to protect whistleblowers in the private sector in Australia.
“While many G20 countries have adopted whistleblowing legislation, these laws often leave significant loopholes and fall short of best practice,” the two engagement groups said in their statement.Final L20 and C20 Joint statement on whistleblowing
Civil 20 (C20) is one of the seven Engagement Groups of the G20, first recognised in 2013. Through C20, more than 400 civil society organisations are represented at the 2019 G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, ensuring that world leaders listen not only to the voices representing the governmental and business sectors, but also to the proposals and demands of civil society as a whole.
Labour 20 (L20) represents the interests of workers at the G20 level. It unites trade unions from G20 countries and Global Union Federations and is convened by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) to the OECD.
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Michael Hornsby, Transparency International
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