Dear FCPA Blog,
I am a whistleblower working at an overseas subsidiary of a global company. English is not my mother tongue. But I would like to tell you some of my story.
I decided just last month after long consideration to be a whistleblower. It seems foolhardy that I made the decision without any advice or assistance of professionals. But it is such a relief to know there are a lot of people who are working to do the right thing, and your information is really useful to me.
I am sure that I am doing the right thing. But I am not sure I am going about it in the best way possible.
Inside my organization, I was driven away several times. I reported the issue to both the local and global compliance hotlines in vain, and even got a warning from the very compliance function not to send or distribute this kind of communication.
That was the moment I decided to blow a whistle to the SEC and DOJ, because I could not find any way to resolve this issue internally. I am not sure about the result — whether an investigation could be opened or not, and how much impact should be put on my organization.
So I am worrying about the reaction from the majority of my colleagues who are neither involved nor aware of this problem, as well as another retaliation against me. It is such a big pain and stress to me even though it is the right way.
At the moment I am ready by myself for any rough way and long journey for years ahead. I believe it is important not only to start something but also to make it happen. I don’t want to remain as a bystander.
I am writing because I want to share my story with somebody — I cannot share it with colleagues or even my family. I now understand what it is to be a whistleblower and I want my story to help others who are ready to do the right thing.
[Editor’s note: This post was redacted and changed where necessary to protect the Guest Contributor’s identity.]