Independent University Newspaper
Copenhagen Business School

Popular searches:

Independent University Newspaper

Copenhagen Business School

CBS gets its own whistleblower scheme

(Photo: Mette Koors)

From October 4, everybody with a connection to CBS can use the whistleblower scheme anonymously to report infringements and severe offenses such as financial crimes and sexual harassment. Kirsten Winther Jørgensen, the University Director of CBS, says that the scheme is “an expression of good management.”

News |   02. Oct 2018

Anne Thora Lykkegaard


Whether you are a student, employee, member of senior management or board of directors, a lawyer, supplier, collaborator or an auditor, from October 4 at 12 o’clock you will have access to CBS’ new whistleblower scheme.

The scheme allows everybody, anonymously or not, to report on infringements and severe offences. This can include reports of bribery, fraud and suspicion of corruption, environmental pollution, violence, sexual harassment, or severe breaches of CBS’ own rules.

According to Kirsten Winther Jørgensen, University Director of CBS, having a whistleblower scheme is in line with the recommendations for corporate governance.

“Even though the recommendations are primarily focused on listed corporations, it has become more common that public corporations, organizations and authorities have a whistleblower scheme as well. We consider it an expression of good management to have such a scheme,” she says.

Although the students can use the whistleblower scheme, it is not possible for others to report on students.

“The whistleblower scheme has been made to support corporate governance. Since it is only employees who have responsibilities in connection to the laws and regulations that CBS as a corporate body has to comply with, it is solely possible to report on employees – and not students – in the scheme,” says Kirsten Winther Jørgensen.

We consider it an expression of good management to have such a scheme

Kirsten Winther Jørgensen

Furthermore, the whistleblower scheme cannot be used to report on scientific misconduct. For this, people will have to contact CBS’ Research Practice Committee.

The whistleblower scheme is managed by Plesner Advokatpartnerselskab. However, it is CBS Legal that will investigate the reported offences, unless they concern CBS’ Head of Legal, Mette Kuhlen Gullach.

When a case is reported, Plesner will assess whether CBS Legal can solve the case or not.

No matter how a case ends, it will always be concluded with a written report, which contains a conclusion or a recommendation for further action. The report is then handed over to senior management. A conclusion or recommendation can include:

  • The case is closed as manifestly unfounded.
  • The case should be closed with a change of procedure.
  • The case is closed with an official warning or reprimand.
  • The case is closed with another consequence relating to employment law. For example, suspension or dismissal.
  • The case is handed over to the police.
  • The case is handed over to other authorities.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

CBS gets its own whistleblower schemeby

  • Blog

    Uncertain times: Essential for business schools to understand their market

    The alliance of European business schools met at CBS in June to enhance recruitment strategies, stay informed on industry trends, and analyse where the global economy is heading. The CBS MBA Programmes shares some key take-aways from Associate Dean and Professor Jesper Rangvid’s presentation.

  • News

    Working hard all summer: Bachelor Admissions

    The employees in charge of bachelor admissions at CBS are a small exclusive team. They ensure the validity of diplomas and the fulfilment of entry requirements for bachelor’s degrees at CBS – and, not least, that the applicants get the necessary help to upload the right documentation and find their way around the application procedures.

  • News

    Union reps want transparency about redundancy packages

    The unions are hoping for a fair process – and the AC club is calling for transparency about redundancy packages. Academic union representatives expect that actual dismissals can be avoided among faculty members, whereas administrative staff are expecting layoffs.

  • Gif of the week
  • News

    Snapshots: CBS staff busy preparing for a new semester

    For the staff at CBS, the weeks and sometimes even months leading up to study start are spent busily preparing for new and returning students and a brand-new semester.

  • Guide

    Those odd little words

    Some words of advice from CBS WIRE’s proofreader Helen Dyrbye, a British expat who has lived in Denmark for decades. Here she explains a few tiny words that can occasionally spell BIG trouble.

  • News

    Community is key for study start 2023

    This year, showing both new and returning students the concept of ‘community’ at CBS is a top priority. There is room for everyone, and you can find others that share the same interests as you. Those are the key messages from the Student Communications team. This is highlighted by two campaigns, during the introduction week and at the Bachelor Kick Off.

  • News

    CBS at Copenhagen Pride – in photos

    2023 is the first year for the new organisation Colorful CBS to organise the participation in Copenhagen Pride Parade.

Follow CBS students studying abroad

CBS WIRE collaborates with

Stay connected