The firm’s commitment to ethical and professional business conduct was extended within Deloitte in 1999 through the Tip-offs Anonymous confidential reporting service, which offered all staff an opportunity to report behaviours that did not accord with the Deloitte approach to the integrity of its brand, products and services.
In 2010, the Tip-offs Anonymous reporting service received three tip-offs across Deloitte Southern Africa, and in 2011, four tip-offs were logged. Due process was followed on these tip-offs with each being escalated and managed through the appropriate channels and forwarded to Chief Operating Officer, Allen Swiegers, who dealt with each matter.
The Tip-offs Anonymous hotline has now been extended to clients and is now being used by more than 280 Deloitte clients, including corporations, retail organisations, parastatals and public sector organisations within Southern Africa and across the world.
Built solidly on the principles of confidentiality, anonymity and providing protection to anyone who makes contact, Tip-offs Anonymous has proved that it has an unassailable place in corporate life as a mechanism to fight ‘white collar crime’ and identify inappropriate behaviour in the workplace.