The National Whistleblower Center released a new video featuring four prominent whistleblowers who share their personal stories of blowing the whistle and the backlash they faced for doing the right thing. Whistleblowers Change the World,  highlights the crucial role whistleblowers serve in exposing corruption at all levels of society and why we need a sustained grassroots movement to ensure the legal protections they require are upheld.

The video’s release coincides with International Anti-Corruption Day (Saturday, December 9th), an annual event that raises awareness of the major impact of fraud and corruption on a global scale, and encourages open discussions on new ways to tackle these issues.

“Whistleblowers remain the key source of information on fraud and corruption at home and abroad,” said Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the NWC and author of The New Whistleblower’s Handbook. “However, they still face retaliation in many countries around the world. We need to rally our efforts to ensure that whistleblowers are protected and empowered. The first step toward making that happen is to make sure whistleblowers and anti-corruption groups understand the legal tools they have available to them.”

Watch the new video, “Whistleblowers Change the World” below. Help raise awareness of why we all must support whistleblower protections by sharing it on your social networks using #UnitedAgainstCorruption for International Anti-Corruption Day.

Make a donation to support the grassroots movement calling for stronger whistleblower protection laws. People who speak out against injustice should be protected and rewarded— not punished.

  • Brittany DePoyster

    I have been asked the question, “Is there a difference between being a “team player” and a Whistleblower? When might the two be one in the same?”

    Generally speaking, a team player is someone who goes along with whatever their team is doing, they want the team to succeed and are not likely to step up and speak out against what the team is doing wrong unless it is to benefit that team. A whistleblower is not necessarily a team player, rather they are a member who is not afraid to go against the team following their sense of moral obligation. A whistleblower is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as, “an employee who brings wrongdoing by an employer or other employees to the attention of a government or law enforcement agency. While a team player is defined as “someone who cares more about helping a group or team to succeed than about his or her individual success.”
    A whistleblower meets some of the criteria of a team player, they are not concerned with their own individual success, considering the retaliation they will certainly face. Blowing the whistle is often a form of self-sacrifice. But, in doing this they are not caring more about helping the group or team succeed. So, when can the two be one in the same? They coincide when a person in power is doing something that causes detriment to the entire team or a specific team member and the whistle blower decides to put a stop to it by speaking up. By protecting the team, that whistleblower is in turn truly acting as a team player.