The recent developments at the EU Commission and the FSMA force companies in Belgium to consider implementing a private dedicated whistleblowing channel, accept anonymous disclosures, protect whistleblowers, and follow pre-described procedures. This to complement the whistleblower tools recently set up by European and Belgian authorities. When must companies be ready? How can whistleblowing procedures be implemented in a cost-effective manner? How to protect whistleblowers? What other quality standards apply to whistleblowing procedures? How to deal with accessibility, confidentiality, anonymous disclosures, interactive hotlines, language, security, labour law, privacy and GDPR?
Company secretary, Senior management (Finance, Human Resources, Legal, Compliance, Risk, Audit, Data Protection Officer).
Target companies: BEL20, Euronext, other FSMA-regulated entities, Belgian companies with regulated activities in other Member States.
5 december, 11:30-14:30
11:30-12:30 Registration of participants and early walking lunch
12:30-12:40 Welcome and introduction of speakers
Mrs. Sonny Luypaert MBA CFE, Partner at EBBEN, Chair at Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Belgium. Former CFO at The Boston Consulting Group and Accenture.
12:40-12:50 Introduction to the topic
Mr. Werner Vanderhaeghe, member of the Brussels Bar Association, Senior Partner at Olislaegers & De Creus Lawyers, Director of companies, former General Counsel at Agfa-Gevaert and Bekaert, former partner at White & Case.
12:50-13:10 Recent changes in legal standards and practices – Whistleblowing, confidentiality and professional secrecy – The EU Commission Anonymous Whistleblower Tool launched on 16 March 2017. The Belgian Law of 31 July 2017 on market abuse and protection of whistleblowers. The FSMA regulation of 27 September 2017.
Mr. Michael Olislaegers, member of the Brussels Bar Association, Founding Partner at Olislaegers & De Creus Lawyers
13:10-13:40 Private whistleblowing, a cornerstone of risk management. International Quality standards to whistleblowing procedures and hotlines. Demo of a cost-effective whistleblowing hotline. Hotlines are effective anti-fraud measures. Standards set by Transparency International.
Mr. Evert-Jan Lammers MSc RA RFA, Partner at EBBEN, Honorary Chair at Institute of Fraud Auditors, Chair of the platform ‘International Collaboration’ at Institute for Financial Crime, Board member at Transparency International Belgium.
13:40-14:00 – Private whistleblowing hotlines viewed from an HR and Privacy Law perspective – GDPR compliance
Mr. Dylan Casaer, member of the Brussels Bar Association, Partner at Olislaegers & De Creus Lawyers.
14:00-14:30 Debate and Q&A
Mr. Dylan Casaer, Mr. Evert-Jan Lammers, Mrs. Sonny Luypaert, Mr. Michael Olislaegers and Mr. Werner Vanderhaeghe
EBBEN is an independent provider of services in the areas of governance, risk & compliance, specialised in integrity and fraud matters. www.ebbenpartners.be
Olislaegers & De Creus is a well respected and truly independent boutique business law firm and founding member of Awerian, the European network of independent boutique business law firms. www.odc.law.
VENUE, TRANSPORT, PARKING
Venue: EBBEN Academy, Sablon Tower, 14th Floor, Joseph Stevensstraat 7 rue Joseph Stevens, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, Telephone +32 (0)2 893 2034
Train/Metro: Brussels CS.
Car: Underground parkings: Grand Place / Grote markt and Place Poelaertplein. Open air parking: Sablon / Zavel.
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