Expolink

Expolink Europe Ltd (branded as Expolink) is a British company founded in 1995 to provide independent whistleblower services.

Expolink Europe Ltd
Privately held company
IndustryBusiness Services

Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance

Business Ethics
Founded1995
HeadquartersWiltshire, United Kingdom
ParentNAVEX Global, Inc.
Websiteexpolink.co.uk

Expolink works with organisations all over the world to implement solutions for governance, risk management and compliance, with a strong presence in the United Kingdom and mainland Europe.

On 3 June 2019, Expolink announced via its website that it had been acquired by NAVEX Global.[1]

HistoryEdit

Expolink was founded in 1995 by local business owners David and Jackie Crook. Its first offices were in Castle Coombe, Wiltshire.

The whistleblowing hotline service was created after the owners were alerted to an alleged instance of sexual harassment against one of their employees at a client's premises. Many of the company's first clients were local government authorities and PLCs.

At the time it was founded, Expolink was the first outsourced whistleblowing service provider in Europe.

Confidential reporting servicesEdit

Expolink's manned telephone hotline service was launched in 1995, becoming a 24/7 service in 2001. A web reporting platform was introduced later that decade, followed by online case delivery in 2014. A mobile app reporting channel was launched in March 2017.

ServicesEdit

Expolink provides confidential reporting for users predominantly through its manned hotline facility and online platforms.

It also offers enterprise software to support the management and investigation of whistleblowing reports.

Benchmarking DataEdit

Expolink publishes a Benchmarking Report annually, which summarises data from the thousands of whistleblowing reports is processes each year.

In 2018 it revealed that whistleblowing reports relating to workplace sexual harassment and abuse had risen 89%, linking the trend to recent media revelations and the impact of the #MeToo movement.[2]

The company's 2019 Report highlighted a 57% increase in workplace whistleblowing rates between 2016 and 2018.[3]

ClientsEdit

As of 2019, Expolink works with more than 750 organisations globally, with the majority headquartered in the UK and Europe.

Its clients include L’Oréal, BAE Systems and the BBC.[4] Expolink also works with eight of the UK's top 10 retail banks and around one-third of companies listed on the FTSE 350 Index.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "ANNOUNCEMENT: NAVEX Global Acquires Expolink". Expolink. 2019-06-03. Retrieved 2019-06-20.
  2. ^ "HR issues dominate complaints from whistleblowers". People Management. Retrieved 2019-05-14.
  3. ^ "Report: Whistleblowing rates rise 57% in two years". Expolink. 2019-04-24. Retrieved 2019-05-14.
  4. ^ Waterson, Jim (2018-06-20). "BBC staff caught up in claims of sexual assault at Welsh assembly". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-05-14.