Monday 21 November
9.00 Opening Remarks: John Devitt – Chief Executive, TI Ireland
9.10 Opening Address: Ger Deering, Ombudsman and Information Commissioner
9.30 – 10.45 Session 1: Opening Panel: Creating a Culture of Accountability
Research shows that one of the biggest obstacles to speaking up expressed by workers is the fear that nothing will be done in response to their report. As the Protected Disclosures (Amendment) Act 2022 now requires employers across all sectors to establish whistleblowing systems, building trust in these systems will be vital to ensure that wrongdoing can be identified and addressed swiftly. This session will explore ways in which employers and regulators can foster accountability and instil greater confidence in workers to report wrongdoing.
Dr. Eddie Molloy – Independent Management Consultant
Peter Gallagher – Head of Enforcement Advisory Division, Central Bank of Ireland
Mark Toland – Chief Inspector, Garda Síochána Inspectorate
Anna Waterhouse – Deutsche Bank Whistleblower
Facilitator: Gráinne Madden – Founder and Senior Consultant, GMJ Associates
13.00 – 14.00 Session 2: Keynote Speaker: Barriers to Accountability
Speaker: Emma Reilly, UN Human Rights Council Whistleblower
Facilitator: Anna Myers, Executive Director, Whistleblowing International Network
Tuesday 22 November
9.00 – 10.15 Session 3: Protected Disclosures in Practice – Reporting Persons and Channels
The Protected Disclosures (Amendment) Act 2022 has extended the range of people who can make a protected disclosure to include volunteers, trainees, shareholders, non-executive members and job applicants. This session will explore the implications for employers of this broader definition of potential ‘reporting persons’ and discuss the channels that can be used to report wrongdoing, including the new Protected Disclosures Commissioner in the Office of the Ombudsman.
Elizabeth Ryan – Partner, Mason Hayes Curran
Damien Cahill – Office of the Protected Disclosures Commissioner
Andrew Harrison – Head of Internal Audit, Trócaire
Facilitator: Susan Battye – Partner, Walkers
13.00 – 14.15 Session 4: Speak Up or Pay Up – the Business Case for Whistleblowing
As the EU Whistleblowing Directive is transposed into law across Europe, there is an added complexity in managing disclosures for companies working in multiple jurisdictions. This panel will discuss some of the challenges they envisage and share insights on why managing disclosures effectively is so important for employers.
Per Arne Lund – Head of GRC, Volkswagen Group Sverige
John Garred – Regional Compliance Officer, Siemens
Mary Inman – Partner, Constantine Canon
Facilitator: Noel Ford – Principal with Governance Ireland and Independent Non-Executive Director in the International Funds Industry
Wednesday 23 November
9.00 – 10.15 Session 5: Protected Disclosures in Practice – Dealing with Workplace Issues
The Protected Disclosures (Amendment) Act has introduced a new section (5A) which is aimed at clarifying the difference between interpersonal grievances and relevant wrongdoings. Protected Disclosure cases are rarely clear-cut and may involve potential grievances, health and safety issues, and/or workplace sexual harassment. Both making a report and assessing it presents challenges for workers and employers respectively. This panel will discuss the complexities of dealing with cases where the lines are not clearly drawn.
Máille Brady Bates – Solicitor Specialising in Employment Law
William Maher – Barrister
Philip Brennan – Founder and Managing Director, Raiseaconcern.com
Facilitator: Dr Lauren Kierans – BL, Assistant Professor of Law, Maynooth University
13.00 – 14.15 Session 6: Values at Work – Beyond Rules-Based Compliance
Drawing on the recently published TI UK research, titled ‘Values Added‘ this session will discuss the necessity for companies to move beyond a purely rules-based approach that relies on policies and procedures to tell employees how to behave, as it is increasingly clear this alone is not sufficient when it comes to curbing illegal or unethical behaviour.
Tilly Prior – Senior Research Officer, Business Integrity, Transparency International UK
Paul Hulshof – Director Integrity and Compliance, KPMG
Lisa Randles – Consultant Business Ethics, GoodCorporation
Facilitator: Andrew Breakwell – Commercial Director UK/I/NL, EQS
Thursday 24 November
9.00 – 10.15 Session 7: Protected Disclosures in Practice – Establishing Effective Reporting Systems
The Protected Disclosures (Amendment) Act 2022 places detailed requirements on employers and Prescribed Persons to establish systems to receive and manage reports within specific timeframes and to provide feedback to disclosers. The panel will discuss the practical implications of these requirements and provide recommendations based on their own experiences.
Marie Terracol – Whistleblower Protection Lead, Transparency International
Andy Watson – Global Head of Anti-Corruption, Oxfam
Daniel Hager – Country Manager Ireland, Whistleblower Software
Rody Butler – Senior Investigating Officer, Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission
Facilitator: Stephanie Casey – Integrity at Work Programme Manager, TI Ireland
13.00 – 14.15 Session 8: Measures of Support for Whistleblowers
The effects of whistleblowing on the well-being and mental health of a worker can be significant. Workers may find themselves in a highly stressful position where others seek to discredit them as being unreliable or they are penalised for having raised a concern. This panel will share research and first-hand experience of the psychological impact of whistleblowing and explore ways in which employers can support workers and identify potential victimisation.
Helene Donnelly OBE – Ambassador for Cultural Change & Lead Freedom to Speak Up Guardian)
David Morgan – Consultant Psychotherapist
Professor Kate Kenny – Professor of Business and Society, University of Galway
Facilitator: Suzanna Knight – Speak Up Helpline Advice and Policy Coordinator, TI Ireland
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