Robert (Bob) Collymore is the CEO of Safaricom Limited, a leading communications company in Africa and pioneer of the M-PESA mobile payment system. Safaricom is globally recognized for its commitment to environmental, sustainability and anti-corruption issues and Bob is also a B Team Leader.
Let’s celebrate and protect those who stand up to corruption
The world needs all of us in positions of power to stand up against corruption in all its forms.
Business leaders can take steps to help root it out of their operations and value chains. Political leaders need to clamp down on corruption in all its forms through processes that can help prevent it, and invest in detection and enforcement.
We should celebrate those that stand up against corruption, including the whistle-blowers who risk their livelihoods, and sometimes their lives, to stop wrongdoing. Whistle-blowers help us all make things better – people are the best early detection method we have – and when problems are pointed out early they are more likely to be able to be fixed.
We need to incentivise people to speak up and raise problems as citizens or employees. When they speak up, they need to be celebrated and protected.
Governments can do a lot to improve whistle-blower protections and we can all act to celebrate and protect whistle-blowers.