Include anti-corruption commitments in the next action plan
Reform whistleblowing laws to increase awareness and protections for whistleblowers
There is public concern regarding insufficient protections for whistleblowers. While some consequential work on the Protected Disclosures Act (2000) has followed the recent whistleblower investigations in 2016, it is essential that the NZ government complete its review. Specifically, the NZ government could reform the current whistleblowing law to address the current barriers people face when raising public interest concerns and make the law itself easier to access and understand.
Take measures to establish a public central register of company beneficial ownership
An important issue facing New Zealand is the exploitation of foreign companies and trusts by corrupt officials, tax evaders, etc. Including this issue in the next action plan will bolster New Zealand’s anti- corruption efforts, which do not currently include a strategy for making a company beneficial ownership register public. A wider, public database of beneficial owners of companies and trusts will save costs and prevent corruption.
Why the contribution is important
Despite previous IRM recommendations, commitments on whistleblower protection have been largely absent.
It has been a year and half since New Zealand attended the Anti-Corruption Summit in London. Compared to other countries in attendance, New Zealand is falling behind in its commitments. A particular shortcoming is the Government’s progress on developing a central public register of beneficial ownership.
by NAP2_IRM on April 19, 2018 at 11:57AM