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Whistleblower protection in organizations

Transparency International Slovenia kindly invites you to its 6th annual event of the Business Integrity and Transparency Forum. The event, part of the International Fraud Awareness Week, will take place on Thursday, 18 November 2021, online, at 9.00 am (CET).

This year’s event is dedicated to challenges and solutions related to whistleblower protection systems in organisations. These will be presented in a panel discussion with Forum partners and experts in the field of whistleblower protection from Slovenia and abroad. The aim of the discussion is to highlight the possibilities for more effective protection of whistleblowers in the workplace, which can significantly contribute to a higher level of integrity in organisations and to the prevention of corruption and fraud.

The EU Whistleblower Directive must be transposed by Member States by 17 December 2021. Organisations are already preparing for the new obligations and standards, and the Forum will discuss concrete solutions. We will present both technical and other solutions that can help to make protection mechanisms work, and create a whistleblowing culture.

As a keynote speaker, we are proud to introduce James WASSERSTROM, a career diplomat from the United States, founder and director of The Wasserstrom Group, a whistleblower protection consultancy, and of The Integrity Sanctuary, an NGO working to protect whistleblowers. He is best known to the public as the whistleblower who exposed a corruption case at the UN Mission in Kosovo in 2007. He will use his extensive experience to unveil valuable insight into whistleblower protection.

Transparency International Slovenia kindly invites you to its 6th annual event of the Business Integrity and Transparency Forum. The event, part of the International Fraud Awareness Week, will take place on Thursday, 18 November 2021, online, at 9.00 am (CET).

This year’s event is dedicated to challenges and solutions related to whistleblower protection systems in organisations. These will be presented in a panel discussion with Forum partners and experts in the field of whistleblower protection from Slovenia and abroad. The aim of the discussion is to highlight the possibilities for more effective protection of whistleblowers in the workplace, which can significantly contribute to a higher level of integrity in organisations and to the prevention of corruption and fraud.

The EU Whistleblower Directive must be transposed by Member States by 17 December 2021. Organisations are already preparing for the new obligations and standards, and the Forum will discuss concrete solutions. We will present both technical and other solutions that can help to make protection mechanisms work, and create a whistleblowing culture.

As a keynote speaker, we are proud to introduce James WASSERSTROM, a career diplomat from the United States, founder and director of The Wasserstrom Group, a whistleblower protection consultancy, and of The Integrity Sanctuary, an NGO working to protect whistleblowers. He is best known to the public as the whistleblower who exposed a corruption case at the UN Mission in Kosovo in 2007. He will use his extensive experience to unveil valuable insight into whistleblower protection.

PARTICIPANT FEE

The participant fee for the Forum 2021:

– €30 per participant

– €20 per participant per member of the Manager Association, Association IIA

PAYMENT OF THE FEE

The registration form is valid as an order form. An invoice will be sent after the event to your email and postal address. VAT is not charged, based on Article 94 (1) of the Value Added Tax Act (we are not subject to VAT).

REGISTRATION AND CANCELLATION

The last applications will be accepted on 16 November 2021.

The deadline for any cancellations is 17 November 2021 to info@transparency.si. The name of the participant wishing to withdraw must be indicated on the cancellation form. In the event of non-participation without cancellation, the registration fee will not be refunded or will be charged in full.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The event will be held in English. Simultaneous translation will not be provided.

For more information, please contact info@transparency.si

You are cordially invited, and we look forward to meeting you.

PROGRAM FORUMA POSLOVNE INTEGRITETE IN TRANSPARENTNOSTI 2021

Time Speakers Description
9.00–9.05 H.E. Exc. Dag Hartelius, Embassy of Sweden

 

Welcoming address by the Ambassador of Sweden in Budapest.
9.05 –9.10 Dr. Samo Bardutzky, Transparency    International Slovenia Welcoming address by the representative of the Transparency International Slovenia Management Board.
9.10 –9.40 James Wasserstrom, The Integrity Sanctuary The Integrity Sanctuary Presentation by a veteran diplomat on his experience of the revelation of suspected irregularities while serving at the UN Mission, and the consequences of the revelation.
9.40 –10.40 James Wasserstrom, The Integrity Sanctuary

Matjaž Mešnjak, Ministry of Justice

Gregor Pirjevec, Commission for Prevention of Corruption

Representative of the Compliance Department (TBC) – Zavarovalnica Triglav

Nina Trček, winner of the Best Master’s Thesis Award (Whistleblower Protection in International Organisations)

Vasja Čepič, Transparency International Slovenia

Discussion among participants on challenges and good practices in the field of whistleblower protection.

 

The discussion will be moderated by Sebastijan Peterka, Project Manager at Transparency International Slovenia.

10.40 –11.00 Q&A with the audience Conclusion of the panel discussion

O udeležencih

James WASSERSTROM is a career diplomat from the United States. He is a vocal anti-corruption campaigner and has successfully worked with the US Congress to pass whistleblower protection legislation at the United Nations.

Matjaž MEŠNJAK is Undersecretary at the Ministry of Justice, where he works on integrity, anti-corruption, and personal data protection. Previously, he worked for several years at the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption. He is co-author of the latest amendment to the Integrity and Prevention of Corruption Act, and is also involved in the drafting of the Whistleblower Protection Act.

Gregor PIRJEVEC is a senior anti-corruption officer at the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption, with over 15 years of experience in the fields of anti-corruption, whistleblower protection, and the integrity of the public sector. He heads the Slovenian delegation in the OECD Working Group on bribery of foreign public officials, and has been involved in numerous international anti-corruption projects and conferences as a speaker and appointed expert.

Nina TRČEK holds a master’s degree in Law and is a participant of the LLM programme at Harvard Law School. She will present her master’s thesis “Whistleblower Protection in International Organisations“, for which she received the Transparency International Slovenia Award with the support of the Swedish Embassy in Budapest.

Vasja ČEPIČ is a lawyer at Transparency International Slovenia and the head of the Spregovori! Centre, which receives reports of suspected corruption. He will present TI Slovenia’s experience in dealing with reports received by the Speak Up Centre, and the technological solutions that enable safe and anonymous reporting of suspected irregularities.