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Ombudsmen & ombudswomen of the world, REJOYCE! ISO 37002 is coming to facilitate standardized whistleblowing

Sidney Vianna

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Ladies and gents, ISO is now working on a new, HLS-based Management System Standard, ISO 37002 Whistleblowing Management Systems - Guidelines. According to the information available in the public section of the ISO Technical Committee TC309,

In November 2016, ISO/ TC309 formed an Ad Hoc Group (AHG) to examine the feasibility of, and prepare the new work item proposal for, a new international guidance standard on whistleblowing. A new work item proposal was submitted for ballot which was subsequently approved in June 2018. Work on the new standard ISO 37002 was assigned to ISO/TC 309 Working Group 3 (WG3) and the first meeting is taking place in Sydney, Australia, from 5th to 8th November 2018. The standard is scheduled for completion by the end of 2021.

Scope of the standard
ISO 37002 provides guidelines for implementing, managing, evaluating, maintaining and improving a robust and effective management system within an organization for whistleblowing. This International Standard is non-sector specific and can be used by organizations of all sizes, including SMEs, and those with international operations. It will be applicable to all organizations in the public, private, and voluntary sectors.

The standard is based on the following three principles:

1) Trust
2) Impartiality
3) Protection

and will guide organizations in managing:

• How concerns of wrongdoing are identified and reported
• How concerns of wrongdoing are assessed
• How concerns of wrongdoing are addressed
• How whistleblowing cases are closed
 
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