Europe wants to make it easier for whistleblowers to report irregularities in an organisation or company. It wants to use a clear whistleblower directive to offer those submitting reports the necessary protection and to remove barriers. The Whistleblower directive was implemented into Belgian law by the law of 28 November 2022, with entry into force on 15 February 2023 (hereinafter referred to as the "Whistleblower law").
TThe new law shall apply to any person who, in a professional context, identifies a breach or has reasonable suspicions that a breach has occurred or will occur, that is covered under the material scope of the Whistleblower law (as defined below), and who wishes to report the same.
Willemen Groep attaches great importance to the principles of this Whistleblower law and therefore makes its internal reporting channel accessible not only to its employees, but also to other persons who have obtained information about breaches covered under the scope of the Whistleblower law in any other capacity. Reports can be made via this online form.
What can you use it for?
In accordance with the Whistleblower law, you can use this online form to report breaches or matters that are believed in good faith to constitute a breach in the following areas
- government contracts;
- financial services, products and markets, prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing;
- product safety and product compliance;
- transport safety;
- protection of the environment;
- radiation protection and nuclear safety;
- food and feed safety, animal health and animal welfare;
- public health;
- consumer protection;
- protection of privacy and personal data, and security of network and IT systems;
- combating tax fraud;
- combating social fraud;
- infringements affecting the financial interests of the European Union;
- infringements relating to the internal market (competition and state aid, corporate taxation or structures aimed at unduly obtaining a tax advantage).
How do you submit a report?
Reports covered under the scope of the Whistleblower law can be made through Willemen Group's internal channel, using a special form, which is provided here. Reports may also be made verbally or by telephone to the reporting manager.
What about YOUR privacy?
The identity of the reporter shall be kept confidential at all times. Willemen Groep can, however, pass on personal data to external advisers, competent authorities, and regulators. You can read more about the privacy of the reporter in the document 'Whistleblower policy'.
What happens after submitting a report?
Every reporter will get an acknowledgement of receipt within seven days of receiving the report. The reporter shall receive feedback at the most three months after the acknowledgement of receipt, particularly with regard to the actions planned or taken as follow-up, and the reasons for such follow-up.