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Whistleblowing in the Time of COVID – Disclosures Arising Out of COVID-19 – Innangard Virtual Conference 2021 Podcast

Mary Inman of Constantine Cannon LLP (USA), John Devitt of Transparency International (Ireland) and Jean Ewang from Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Inc (South Africa) discussed their insights into the whistleblowing issues arising out of COVID-19.

Mary made the important point that whistleblowers are indicators of risk for organisations and they should be valued as the ‘canaries in the coal mine’, as a positive way of addressing issues, and shared some recent examples in the financial services sector.

John discussed that, sadly, organisations in Ireland are not prioritising compliance during the pandemic with the healthcare sector having the highest number of complaints.

Jean advised that employers should look at their internal mechanisms in light of COVID-19 to ensure these are fit for purpose.

The session was expertly chaired by Mathilde Houet-Weil of Weil & Associés, the French Innangard member firm.


  • John Devitt, Chief Executive Officer, Transparency International, Ireland
  • Mary Inman, Partner, Constantine Cannon, USA
  • Jean Ewang, Consultant, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Inc, South Africa
  • Mathilde Houet-Weil, Avocat à la Cour, Weil & Associés, France (Chair)

This session formed part of the The World of Work: The Great Reset 2021, Innangard’s first virtual conference held on 24 and 25 March 2021. The conference brought together six international panels of distinguished speakers including leading scientists, politicians, in-house professionals and global HR and employment law experts, to share insights and discuss how the world of work and their organisations have adapted and will develop in 2021 and beyond.

Find out more and listen to the other podcasts here.