Limitations and Benefits

Disclosed and Undisclosed (anonymous) identity reporting:



Undisclosed Identity Reporting
  • Anonymous reporting provides assurances to the reporter that his identity will not be disclosed to management and/or the implicated person; and
  • May convince more whistle-blowers to report incidents without the fear of retaliation;

  • Feedback to the whistle blower is limited or impossible;
  • Follow-up on outstanding or missing information is limited or impossible
  • Not possible to safeguard against retaliation unless identity is known;
  • Increases the risk of malicious reporting;
  • May increase the risk of conflicting interests impacting on the successful investigation of the matter.
Disclosed Identity Reporting
  • Reduces the risk of malicious reporting;
  • Easy follow-up and clarification regarding the reported incident;
  • Easy feedback to reporting person;
  • Possible to safeguard the whistle-blower against retaliation; and
  • Provides assurances with regards to transparency and accuracy of reporting.
  • Creates reluctance with employees to report
  • Missed opportunity for disclosure of wrongdoing
  • Increases the risk and fear of retaliation