The US 2013 Corporate Governance and Compliance Hotline Benchmarking Report is a compilation of 624,046 reports throughout the five-year period covering 2008 to 2012. In 2012, 136,137 reports were taken from 1,146 organizations representing 14,687,009 employees. Information on and findings presented in the report reflect a wide variety of organizations, employees and industries from around the world.
Some of the key outcomes included:-
1.The cross-industry incident-reporting rate increased to 9.27 reports per 1,000 employees, a 8.0% increase over the previous year.
2.Fraud-Related Reports were on the rise on the rise. The Corporate Fraud Index for 2012, which measures the percentage of fraud-related incidents across all reports, rose to 23.6%, an all-time high since the Index was first reported in 2005. The Index stood at 21.1% in 2011.
3.The Construction industry showed a dramatic 197% increase in the reporting rate per 1,000 employees over the previous year.
4.In 2012, the Employment Law Violation, Corruption & Fraud, and Environment, Health & Safety categories experienced slight overall increases; however, the leading incident category for all industries continues to be Personnel Management by a wide margin.
5.In 2012, 72% of all incidents reported warranted an investigation, an increase of 6% over 2011.
6.The Poster continues to be the most popular means of hotline awareness (33%). Surprisingly, the rate at which employees are becoming aware of their organization’s hotline programs via the Intranet is still quite modest (11%) and has shown only a slight increase.