The Corporate Informant and Whistleblower Management Plan

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“The word informant in society has negative connotations, and indeed most people in this position are isolated from society.” (Corporate and Workplace Investigations-Crime Investigative and Interviewing Techniques, 2018, Bekes/Smallman, PP 74).

Defining what or who an informant is, is more complex than previously thought. This is particularly relevant in today’s very turbulent world in which governments collapse overnight, civil wars escalate and markets are unpredictable. The informant can be anyone.

The official definition of informant: person who gives information (Collins English Dictionary & Thesaurus, 2011, pp 455) There are different types of informants based on motive and these form part of the intelligence management cycle, falling under the category of Clandestine Information Collection.

How often do we watch Hollywood blockbusters in which a cop flies out of the car and presses some snitch against a wall, demanding information about somebody or something? The reality is far more pervasive than the movies. The history of informants reached a pinnacle during the Cold War and without doubt, the Warsaw Pact (1955 -1991) countries assimilated their entire populations into the informant role.

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