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Whistle-blowing should be a last resort

Published:Monday | September 15, 2014 | 9:17 AM

Head of Public Sector at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in the United Kingdom, Gillian Fawcett, says whistle-blowing in an organisation should be a last resort.



According to her, if an organisation has to resort to whistle-blowing, it does not have all its affairs in order.



She says the desired situation is a well run, well governed organisation with strong ethical behaviour, and a strong culture.



She was speaking on Friday addressing a panel discussion on 'Ethics and Whistle-blowing in the Public and Financial Sectors', hosted by the ACCA.



Fawcett also stated that Jamaica’s Protected Disclosures Act is regarded as one the best whistle-blowing legislations enacted in countries globally, by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).



And she says a strong whistle-blowing arrangement can make a huge contribution to good governance within the private and public sectors.



Enacted in 2011, Jamaica’s Protected Disclosures Act seeks to encourage and facilitate specified disclosures of improper conduct in the public interest, while protecting persons reporting such.



Other countries enacting similar legislations, which are also rated highly by the OECD, include the UK, Australia, South Africa, United States, South Korea, and New Zealand.



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