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Setting Up Effective Whistle-Blowing Programs (Singapore)
Beverley Honig
Managing Director
Beverley Honig, Managing Director
  • Prestigious Award-Winner of 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2015 by The Australian Financial Review and Westpac, and inducted to 2016 Businesswoman Hall of Fame
  • Author of best-selling books, including ‘Making Contracts Work’, which has been globally adopted by business leaders and used in university curriculums
  • Over 20 years of legal experience in Australia and delivered more than 200,000 training courses globally on topics such as Effective Commercial Contract Management

 

Beverley Honig is an internationally qualified lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in Australia, the United Kingdom and Middle East. A winner of The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2015, she is also listed in Who’s Who of Business in Australia.

 

Her expertise in contracts has enabled her to publish one of her four bestselling books, “Making Contracts Work”, in 2010. Besides serving as a judge for the Essential Services Commission Appeals, Beverley is also a Board Director and Chairman of several public and private companies.

 

Testimonial

 

“Beverley encourages positivity and is a clear and inspirational presenter.”

Gary Gilmore

Goldfields Council

 

“Beverley has given me a different perspective on things. Highly refreshing, super informative, and most worthwhile. I’d hear her again and again.”

Brett Walker

Health Network Australia 

Program Summary

In June 2015, Swiss whistleblower, Xavier Justo exposed one of the world’s biggest financial scandals in which Malaysia-based government-run strategic development company, 1MDB, involving top politicians and a chain of professionals channeled over USD700 million out from the organization. This incident demonstrated that it is essential to set up an effective whistle-blowing program within the organization to spread their solutions in fraud detection and prevention as well as to safeguard their organization’s financial and reputational risk. 

 

This comprehensive session will show you how to design and establish an effective whistle-blowing program across your organization to deter and detect fraud that is detrimental to your organization. By developing an effective whistleblower policy that takes into account risks, challenges and legal considerations, you will be able to help your organization to harness a stronger governance, risk and effective compliance framework.

 

Delegates will also gain insights on how to manage the investigation process when allegations come in, conduct ethical follow up investigations and deliver appropriate reporting & disciplinary actions post incident. You will also discover how to tactfully manage any communications with employees and media and defuse them before it spins out of control. With insights from extensive compliance consulting work around the world, faculty leader Beverly Hoenig will present new frameworks, concepts, and tools that examine the best practices used by leading organizations today in establishing their whistle blowing program.



Programs, dates and locations are subject to change. In accordance with Clariden Global policy, we do not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national or disability in admission to our programs.

Introduction

There are a lot of loopholes for misconduct or fraud cases in large organizations that are barely spotted and this will not only cause a huge impact in the organizations’ financial status but it will also tarnish the company’s reputation in the market as well. In June 2015, Swiss whistleblower, Xavier Justo exposed one of the world’s biggest financial scandals in which Malaysia-based government-run strategic development company, 1MDB, involving top politicians and a chain of professionals channeled over USD700 million out from the organization. This incident highlighted to many organizations that it is essential to set up an effective whistle-blowing program within the organization to spread their solutions in fraud detection & prevention as well as to safeguard their organization’s financial and reputational risk. 

 

Led by Ms. Beverley Honig, a global lawyer and technology entrepreneur who held the title of 2017 Top 200 Businesses of Tomorrow by Westpac Bank and has unlocked some of Australia’s $70 billion economic potential, Beverley will guide you in setting up and managing an effective whistle-blowing program in your organization to deter and detect fraud that could cause a significant negative impact to your organization as well as to assist your organization to harness a stronger governance, risk and effective compliance framework. 

 

You will also discover the key components and pre-requisites of setting up an effective whistleblowing program through best practices and real case studies. Besides that, you will gain insights on developing an action plan and conduct an effective investigation to prevent any reputational risk to your organization. To tackle the biggest concern of a whistle-blowing program which is the employees’ awareness of such program, you will learn the essence of reporting mechanism, education and awareness along with stakeholders and leadership effort required to implement a successful program. 

 

By the end of this course, you will also be equipped with key insights on developing an effective action plan for your whistle-blower framework and conduct a legal and ethical investigation process. By setting up an effective investigation processes, you will explore various processes and procedures including investigation process, company and employee risk, internal and external legal risk and response measurement. Lastly, you will be taught to conduct a post-investigation process with successful incident management, employee communication, control gaps fixing and case reporting.

What You Can Expect

  • Gain insights on the latest trends and regulatory considerations in an effective whistle-blowing program
  • Discover key components and pre-requisites in setting up an effective whistle-blowing framework
  • Learn the common mistakes and challenges of a whistle-blowing program and preventive solutions to it
  • Develop action plan and confidently manage a sustainable investigation once a complain is lodged
  • Gain key skills and techniques to conduct an effective investigation process

Who Will Benefit Most

This highly interactive program is designed for all departmental heads, directors and managers from the department of internal audit, corporate governance, compliance, risk and ethics, financial controller, forensic audit and fraud prevention.

Program Outline

DAY 1

 

Session 1: Why are whistleblowing programs important?

  • Drivers and the purpose of Whistleblowing
  • Definition: What it is & what it is not
  • Trend and regulatory requirements
  • Impacts of whistleblowing
  • Risks and challenges, Legal considerations
  • Governance, risk and effective compliance
  • Developing an effective whistleblower policy

 

Session 2: The Case for Whistle-Blowing

  • The business case for companies
  • Transparency International Report on frameworks
  • Case study exercise – the whistle-blowers framework

 

Session 3: Challenges and sSecrets of Whistle-Blowing

  • Best Practices
  • 4 Challenges
  • Secrets To An Effective Whistle-blower Program
  • Reporting mechanisms, Education and awareness, Support and Leadership efforts
  • International issues

 

DAY 2

 

Session 5: Develop an Action Plan for Whistle-Blowing

  • What to do when the call comes in – develop an action plan
  • Managing reputational risk in corporate investigation
  • Ethics and legalities of Investigation

 

Session 6: Process and Procedure

  • Process - In house or outsource?
  • Differentiating internal aspects and external dimensions of legal risk
  • Risk at company level & risk at employee level
  • Understanding basic law on evidence
  • Privacy, defamation, wrongful dismissal, employee safety, negligence in investigation
  • Response mechanism and record retention and assessment measures

 

Session 7: Setting Effective Investigation Processes

  • 10 step audit program
  • Incident management & tracking
  • Investigation process
  • Employee and media communication
  • Case reporting and report writing
  • Separation of duty – fact finder, decision maker, executer
  • Reconciliation on investigator – sense of guilt – who is the bad guy
  • Moving on - employee communication, control gaps fixing

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Venue: Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
Date: 1 - 2 July 2019
Faculty: Beverley Honig
Early Bird 1: S$2,595 (by 6 May 2019)
Early Bird 2: S$2,795 (by 3 June 2019)
Regular Fee: S$2,895
Group Discount: 2nd participant get 10%, or register 3 participants and 4th participant get a complimentary seat
(1 discount scheme applies)
Note: GST is applicable to participants from Singapore registered companies.
Contact: [email protected]
 
 
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