Many of the CSR debates I see are about how we can use systems to manage people ethical behaviour or how we can identify and confront individuals that are corrupt. But while all these initiatives are good and well they miss a point which seems to be at the centre of the solutions to many of the issues. We would like to think that there inside all companies are individuals who know what is going on and are willing to tell this to the senior managers or stakeholders outside the organisations. These individual would be any standard be considered as organisational heroes but in reality they live a very dangerous life.
However, time and time again we see that the whistleblower and not the people that he or she is exposing are the ones that take the fall. They loose there career, and are the subject of false accusations, they get fired and in some cases they even get sued. It is obvious that some whistleblowers have a grudge against their organisations or their leadership but in many instances it is people that see trouble and wants to do the right thing.
So my question is how do we protect these individuals? How do we make them into the heroes that we would like to believe that they are?