In February 2018, The Supreme Court Of The United States Ruled In Digital Realty Trust V. Somers That Corporate Whistleblowers Are Not Protected Under The Dodd-Frank Act If They Report Only To Internal Compliance Programs. The Court Held That A Whistleblower Must Report To The Securities And Exchange Commission To Obtain Anti-Retaliation Protections. Although This Ruling Only Concerns The Dodd-Frank Act, Its Interpretation Of This Provision Could Apply To Other Whistleblower Laws That Don’t Explicitly Protect Internal Whistleblowers. This Includes OSHA Whistleblower Laws, Banking Whistleblower Laws, And Most Environmental Whistleblower Laws.

Question: “Are corporate compliance and ethics programs just window-dressing?”
Answer: “In many companies, probably yes.”

Donna Boehme, Former Chief Compliance Officer, BP