SAPIN 2. European Directive.

and optimize yourEthics / Speak-Up line

French regulatory obligations SAPIN 2 and
European directive

Since January 2018 in France with SAPIN 2 law on ethics and transparency on business practices; recently enhanced with the European directive, adopted in April 2019:

« It is an obligation for all companies with 50+ employees, to set a Speak-Up line / Ethics line and to provide appropriate protection for whistleblowers » .

The regulatory obligation also applies to public organizations such as cities with 10,000
inhabitants, departments, regions.

A Speak-Up line,
a reputational & legal risk management tool

Because it is a regulatory obligation in France and in Europe, along with a protection of whistleblower against retaliation and dismissal, to have this reporting made available to employees who wish to come forward, aiming at detecting and remediating unlawful or unethical misconducts.

Beyond regulatory compliance, a Speak-Up line is above all, a powerful tool for preventing and managing legal and reputational risks.

Funneling and addressing effectively all allegations reported, to proactively correct unethical behaviours and misconducts, would prevent incidents to be exposed to public and spread out on social networks.

Features for a Speak-Up line

The new regulatory defines an obligation to set up a Speak-Up line and appropriate procedures to handle, manage and monitor all alerts issued by whistleblowers.

Failing to provide effective reporting line, to address issues and allegations would trigger administrative sanctions, in the event of regulatory inspection.

A Speak-Up report and alert may be a concern or an allegation addressing the following matters:
  • a crime, a malpractice such as fraud, corruption, company's asset infringement, tax evasion,...;
  • an breach of laws, international regulations and company's policies & code of ethics;
  • harassment, bullying, discrimination, personal privacy;
  • a threat or prejudice to the public interest such public health, safety or environmental issues,...

Each whistleblowing report, whether unsubstantiated or proven allegations, must be investigated with impartiality and confidentiality upon reception, in accordance with set routine review procedure for controls & checks, as recommend by regulators.
A Speak-Up report is also a powerful tool to help your organization identify risk exposures and protect company's value.

Outsource your Speak-Up line and allegation management

Because setting up and rolling out a Speak-Up program, as required by the regulators, demands dedicated resources with regulatory, business and technical expertise and know-how;

Ethicaline provides you with a dedicated solution to handle your Speak-Up line and program, serviced by seasoned professionals in Compliance with hands-on experience; from allegations/reports intake, managing communication with whistleblower and investigations on reported allegations.

An integrated approach

Ethicaline offers an integrated approach, when managing a Speak-Up program, i.e. to act as go-between interacting with whistleblowers and your organization having the following features:

Providing a collaborative management platform

Ethicaline provides you with a technological platform, that has a proven track record, in Europe and the US, as collaborative and interactive management platform for handling Speak-Up reports and interaction with whistleblowers.

Our dedicated technology solution, simple, ergonomic and 100% secure, enables full interactivity between you, Ethicaline and whistleblowers, while handling and managing reported incidents and alerts. The technological platform also guarantees full confidentiality of the information processed, as well as the traceability and the legal archiving of the actions undertaken.

« A central repository for managing Speak-Up reports,
with traceability of all processing actions, as required by regulators. »

Seasoned professionals
en Compliance & Investigations

Seasoned professionals, experts in compliance, combining dual competence:

1. operational experience in compliance, dealing with Speak-up reports, allegations and related investigations;

2. expertise in advisory, specializing in the deployment of regulatory compliance programs and frameworks such as SAPIN 2, FCPA, UKBA.

The founding partners are capitalizing on a wealth of experience and have been working for more than 10 years in Risk Management, Compliance and Investigations, having dealt with hundreds of Speak-Up reports and allegations in interaction with whistleblowers.

In addition, they have contributed to enhance prevention and detection of business misconducts such as conflicts of interest, fraud, collusion and bribery,... within client's organization.

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