Michael Woodford champions a move to protect those who expose corporate wrongs.
Now he has thrown his weight behind a push to improve corporate governance, not just in Japan or elsewhere in north Asia, where he has first-hand experience of the problems, but more broadly by seeking more support for whistleblowers, and also for more women directors to help change corporate cultures. But within a matter of months he was out the door - and then he blew the whistle on almost $US2 billion in corporate malfeasance. Sunlight is corporate disinfectant;
Latest evidence presented to the PAC by current HMRC chief executive, Lin Homer, shows that the HMRC rode roughshod over the Public Interest Disclosure Act and instead used RIPA legislation to obtain Mba’s belongings, details of his emails, Internet search records and phone records including those of his then wife. The legislation was used after initial searches by investigators into Mba’s computer hard drive and email traffic had revealed no apparent link to the leak UK Power over the Powerless
The potential rewards of exposing corporate wrongdoing have ballooned in America, where whistleblowers can now claim up to 30% of fines imposed. Bent executives can be forgiven for feeling that the only insider they can trust not to spill the beans is the company lawyer, bound as he is by strict ethics rules and the principle of “attorney-client privilege” Corporate whistlebolowers