A clash of cultures: Implementing a SOX compliant whistle-blower policy in Europe
Toby Hornett, Corporate Counsel, Canon Europe Ltd, UK
Based on Canon Europe’s experience of implementing a SOX-compliant whistle-blower policy, this paper looks at how US-style whistle-blower policies in Europe can clash with various national laws (mainly data protection) and more importantly cultural values. It also covers the way in which national data protection authorities around Europe have reacted, and touches on the way in which Canon Europe overcame these hurdles.
The US company that treats Europe as a single territory with no understanding of the cultural and legal differences between Member States is making a mistake.
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