Telekom Austria has adopted a new Group-wide whistle-blowing platform, providing its employees and external parties with a portal through which to anonymously report potential wrongdoing to the company’s management.
Called “tell.me”, the platform enables whistle-blowers to file their information, along with supporting documents, via an online form.
Earlier this year, TA launched criminal proceedings against two former employees.
A former real estate manager stands accused of defrauding the company “for years” to the tune of €1.35 million, while a former marketing manager allegedly misappropriated over €500,000.
The new system guarantees the whistle-blower’s anonymity and also allows them to receive feedback from and engage in dialogue with the company.
It can be accessed by employees and external persons such as suppliers through the operator’s corporate website; employees can additionally access it via their local Intranets.
The new platform has been complements other misconduct prevention measures, which include directives on anti-corruption, conflict of interests, and anti-trust law, and a newly introduced employee Code of Conduct.
Martin Walter, the operator’s compliance officer, said that it views whistle-blowing as a key source of information about business irregularities.
“This is why we view whistle-blowing along with other information channels as a very effective tool to bring to light potential misconduct within the company,” he said.