Draft law in Dubai proposes whistleblower protections


“A protection clause for whistleblowers has been introduced in the draft code of Corporate Governance for Developers by the Dubai Land Department,” reports Emirates24/7.

As per the draft, the Audit Committee, which will be an integral part of the risk management process, will ensure a framework is in place by way of a policy (and procedures) which protects from discharge or discrimination against a whistle-blower, who may otherwise be subject to retaliation by the employers or fellow employees within the organisation to which they belong.

Tania Fabiani, president of the UAE chapter of Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, pointed out in an interview that “Forty-three per cent of detection of fraud and corruption comes from whistleblowing, according to a 2007 study by PricewaterhouseCoopers.