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Blowing the Whistle

Whistle blowing stands out as a potentially powerful tool to help combat international corruption.  Deciding to blow the whistle is not an easy choice. Employees may be torn between a sense of duty and their loyalty to colleagues - and afraid of the consequences. Evidence shows that whistle blowers can suffer a host of discriminatory consequences - from being isolated by colleagues and management, to losing their job. Trade unions are actively campaigning for improved protection for whistleblowers through provisions in international and national legislation, as well as through bargaining with individual companies. UNICORN's report summarises key national and international whistleblower protection legislation and lists other resources and sources of help.

Get Involved

Specifically we are interested in receiving information on:

  • corruption related whistle blowing cases;

  • whistle blower campaigns, initiatives or legislation (local, national, international). 

Share what you know - simply send an email to: unicorn@againstcorruption.org

If you are considering blowing the whistle on corruption, then you may wish to consider contacting a support organisation in your country.


UNICORN is a Global Unions Anti-corruption Network. It is supported by the international trade union bodies: the TUAC (Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD); Public Services International (PSI); and the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU).

UNICORN is financed by the Foundation Open Society Institute