Whistleblower Protection Act "external" reporting office

A quasi "external reporting office" (in the form of an externally outsourced internal reporting office) for the implementation of the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) is the latest offer from TCH-Support for all companies with more than 49 employees. These companies must have implemented the WPA by 17 December 2023, or face heavy fines. Whistleblowers should also be able to report their information anonymously. The external reporting office allows you to implement the WPA professionally and, of course, in accordance with the law – a service we are happy to offer you.

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The WPA stipulates that whistleblowers must be able to choose whether they want to turn to an internal or an external reporting office when it comes to information that is intended to reveal and help remedy abuses and violations of the law in the company or in competition. While internal reporting offices are set up directly on your premises, there are also external reporting offices to which whistleblowers can turn, such as the Federal Office of Justice, Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) or the Federal Cartel Office. Anonymous reports must also be made possible.

Your "external" whistleblower reporting office

We are happy to offer our services as your outsourced internal reporting office for whistleblowers. Whistleblowers can contact us directly (also anonymously) and we will take the necessary further steps.

Whistleblower protection office at a fixed monthly price

We ensure that you can continue to concentrate fully on your business. Quite simply, by offering to act as an "external" internal reporting office for you in accordance with the WPA, at a fixed monthly price.

Whistleblower reporting office mandatory for 50 or more employees

Under the WPA, companies with 50 or more employees are obliged to establish a digital reporting channel for the disclosure of violations internally and externally to reporting offices of the federal government, the state or even external providers. Companies with more than 49 employees must implement the WPA by 17 December 2023, otherwise they will face heavy fines.

A whistleblower reporting office professionally managed externally by TCH-Support

We assure you that here at TCH-Support, we are a professional whistleblower protection agency, handling anonymous whistleblowers upon request. We also provide decision-making templates for management. We offer this service to companies with up to 250 employees. For us, this requires a contact person in your company.

Expertise: in the best hands with TCH-Support

Gregor Ortega fulfils the requirements of §§ 15 para. 2, 25 para. 2 of the WPA and has the corresponding expertise for the Representative of the Reporting Office.

Absolute professionalism in data protection

The WPA requires absolute professionalism in data protection. Therefore, TCH-Support is the perfect partner to be your external reporting office.

TCH-Support is highly qualified

When it comes to data protection, we at TCH-Support know our stuff – after all, data protection is one of our core services.

Technical Supervisory Association-certified data protection auditor

With a data protection auditor certified by the Technical Supervisory Association (TSA), we at TCH-Support have vast expertise in data protection and data security. We are well-versed in all relevant data protection laws and regulations, best practices in data protection management and can identify and assess data protection risks.

TSA-certified data protection officer

Our TSA-certified data protection officer is qualified for all data protection requirements in companies. Their expertise includes comprehensive knowledge of data protection law, including the relevant data protection laws and regulations such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe. Gregor Ortega also holds a Master of Science – awarded by the Technical University of Munich.

Help you to help yourself? We will be happy to advise you

In addition to the establishment of an external internal reporting office, we are also happy to offer you advice on the implementation of a whistleblower reporting office (advice is provided within the scope of what is permitted by law. No legal advice).

Background: the WPA

The WPA in Germany is a federal law designed to protect whistleblowers. Whistleblowers are persons who disclose information about illegal acts or wrongdoings in organisations or companies, often for ethical or public interest reasons. The WPA, officially the "Whistleblower Protection Act", came into force on 16 July 2021. It implements EU Directive 2019/1937, which sets minimum standards for the protection of whistleblowers in the Member States of the European Union. The law establishes a legal framework to protect whistleblowers when reporting unlawful conduct and regulates various aspects, including reporting channels: the law requires companies and public authorities to establish secure reporting channels for whistleblowers to submit their information in a confidential and protected manner.

How did the WPA come about?

Whistleblower legislation in Germany and at the EU level, in particular the GDPR, emerged in response to the need to strengthen whistleblower protection and encourage whistleblowing. Factors such as scandals and revelations in recent years that have become public knowledge in Europe and worldwide have contributed to this. These include malpractices such as corruption, tax evasion, environmental offences, and violations of privacy. These revelations highlight the importance of whistleblowers in exposing such abuses and lead to increased pressure on policymakers to improve whistleblower protection. The two most important whistleblowers are both in prison or exile because they face the death penalty or life sentences in their home countries for whistleblowing.

TCH-Support – your professional partner for all data protection issues

We have been working at our two locations in Munich and Berlin since 2010 and pursue one goal: we want to make our clients digitally successful in the long term. In doing so, we have relied on strict principles from the very beginning – a strategy that has been successful. We attach such great importance to our high quality standards because we believe that our clients deserve only the best.

Experience and sensitivity to your needs

From us you will get not just many years of experience, but ALSO sensitivity to your individual needs. Through this combination, we have made a name for ourselves with many companies, from small businesses to medium-sized enterprises to organisations. Rely on our know-how in data protection, system administration, websites and online shops. We will be happy to advise you comprehensively with regard to all digital challenges in everyday life in your company or organisation.

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There is not much time left to give your "external" internal reporting office for reports (violations, grievances, judicial cases) a competent contact person: TCH-Support is by your side with experience and great expertise in setting up this external reporting office before the deadline of 17 December 2023. State or federal institutions (e.g. Federal Office of Justice) constitute other reporting o

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