Ethics

Topics: Business ethics, Whistleblower, Whistleblowers Pages: 7 (766 words) Published: November 6, 2013
1. To define the term of the whistleblowing
2. To Discuss elements to execute whistleblowing
3. To present the case study related to
whistleblowing

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– (I) Gene G. James
• The attempt of an employee or former employee
of an organization to disclose what he or she
believes to be wrongdoing in or by the
organization.
― (II) Charles B. Fleddermann
• Act by an employee of informing the public or
higher management of unethical or illegal
behavior by an employer or supervisor.

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• Whistleblowing is a term used to describe the
disclosure of information that one reasonably
believes to be evidence of contravention of any laws
or regulation or information that involves
mismanagement, corruption or abuse of authority.

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• A subordinate goes
over the head of an
immediate supervisor
to report problem to
the higher
management within
the organization.

• Employee goes
outside the company
and reports
wrongdoing to media
or law-enforcement
authorities.

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Personal

Impersonal

Alumni

Types
Anonymous

Current

Acknowledge

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• Employee who is
• Employee put his
blowing the whistle
name behind the
refuses to reveal his
accusations and is
name when making
willing to withstand
accusations
the inquiry brought
on by his
accusations

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• The harm being
reported is primarily
harm to the
whistleblower alone.

• Whistleblowing that
done by people
currently employed
by the organization

• The harm being
reported is primarily
harm to the other
people.



Whistleblowing
that done by
people who have
left an organization
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 Need
 There must be a clear and important harm
can be avoided by blowing the whistle.

 Proximity
 Whistleblower must be in a clear position to
report on the problem
 Whistleblower must sufficient expertise in
the area to make a realistic assessment of
the situation.
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 Capability
 The whistleblower must have a reasonable
chance of success in stopping the harmful
activity.

 Last Resort
 Whistleblowing should be attempted
only if there is no one else more
capable or more proximate to blow the
whistle.
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 Whistleblowers always experience reprisal such as:
i. Fired
ii. Receive damaging letters of recommendation
iii. Blacklisted
iv. If not fired – to be transferred
– given less interesting work
– denied salary increases
– demoted

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• Strong corporate ethics culture
- involve all levels in management
- mandatory ethics training given
• Open communication to employees
• Guarantee no retaliation, and be rewarded
• Willingness to admit mistakes

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Case Study:
Jan 3rd, 2011 by John Donovan
Royal Dutch Shell Against Malaysian
Whistleblower
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• Dr John Huong
• Loyal Shell employee for 29 years
• Production Geologist and Asset Integrity
Engineer

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• Dr Huong fell out with his manager as he refused
to endorse the misrepresentation of hydrocarbon
reserves figures.
• As a strong belief engineer who has professional
obligation the providing information would
mislead/deceive shareholders over the reserves
volume.
• The warning was ignored. Moreover Dr Huong
was demoted to asset manager and responsible on
helicopter flights.
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• Raised the concern on issue of Shell Helicopter safety
after concluded from various incidents such
- red warning lights flickering during flight
- a series of unstable or aborted flights
- violent vibration etc
• Gathered documentary evidence and recorded it in
internal documents regarding Shell employees were
being used as guinea pigs on test flights.
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• Dr Huong raised to his boss regarding of the
helicopter safety.
• But this issue being ignore again just like the first
whistleblowing made by Dr. Huong.
• This triggered consequence of Dr. Huong being
dismissed later on.

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• Failed in whistleblowing internally ,so he turn out to
use external whistleblowing method.
• He used Website...
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