“Former senior Maersk employee arrested for million-dollar fraud”.
This was the news headline that hit the Danish media earlier this year. The media item referred to a case from 2014 in which suspicions had arisen that a senior Maersk employee may have colluded with an external vendor in stealing approximately USD 4.6 million from the company over a period of three years.
Thanks to the internal whistleblower system, Maersk had become aware of the case, allowing the company to take proper action, which lead to the dismissal of the employee and ensured that the relevant authorities were properly assisted in their ongoing investigations.
This case serves as a prime example of how whistleblowing can uncover potential wrongdoings. It also emphasises the importance of making employees aware of the system, so that cases can be detected as early as possible. To build on the system’s success Group Legal is currently working towards making it even easier for reporters to file a report, and for investigations to be handled more efficiently.
The importance of full anonymity
“Violations of regulations and internal rules are best dealt with by reporting them directly through one’s direct manager or legal department. However, the whistleblower system is there for employees who feel that they can’t speak up”, says Christian Kledal, Group General Counsel and Head of Group Legal.