Reporting misconduct and abuse in good faith

With the Whistleblowing Directive, the EU has significantly improved the protection of whistleblowers. All companies, with more than 50 employees, will have to set up a whistleblowing system in the future. This includes further obligations, such as transparent and easy-to-understand information for all employees about possible reporting channels. Of course, companies themselves are also interested in a lively speak-up culture that can uncover grievances internally before they cause great damage or reach the public directly.

Our 'Whistleblowing' e-learning module informs your employees about the legally required reporting channels, the process and handling of reports as well as the legal protection of whistleblowers. In addition, it illustrates the relevance of whistleblowing for our society and also for the company itself. In this way, your employees are encouraged not to look away but to cite grievances and compliance violations.

Special lessons for leaders and for dealing with potentially indicative colleagues will help your organization establish a vibrant speak-up culture. Thanks to the high-quality, and continuous audio, employees are offered a modern, multi-sensory learning experience. Numerous animations, interactions and diagrams loosen up the short lessons to keep the motivation and attention of the learners high.

Content of our ‘Whistleblowing’ e-learning

The tutorial consists of a number of self-contained lessons. You can pick and choose any combination of lessons depending on whether you want to use the standard product or would like more options. Company-specific adaptations or the integration of your own content are of course also possible. You can find more information about our ‘Mix & Match’ concept here.

  • Welcome
  • Why whistleblowing?
  • Protection for whistleblowers
  • Responsibility of Managers
  • Supporting Colleagues

Expert Author

Dr Carsten Thiel von HerffOur ‘Whistleblowing’ e-learning was developed in cooperation with Dr Carsten Thiel von Herff, LL.M. He is the founder and owner of the law firm Thiel von Herff | Rechtsanwälte and, with more than 15 years of global experience in compliance, one of the leading German experts in this field. For many years, Dr Carsten Thiel von Herff has acted as ombudsman for companies such as IKEA, Beiersdorf, HUGO BOSS, TÜV NORD, ALDI Süd, EDEKA and the German Football League, as well as for smaller entities with only a few employees. For more information, please visit www.thielvonherff.de.


Sponge Compliance has developed learning content on the topic of whistleblowing for many well-known clients, including companies such as Andritz, Bahlsen, Bruker, Hawesko, Hitachi Zosen, Lufthansa, Plasser & Theurer and Vossloh.

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