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Whistleblowing is one of the most difficult issues for organisations to deal with well – especially since the stakes are high for all concerned. As a result, many leaders today recognise the importance of structures that enable whistleblowers to come forward, and processes that treat their employees in a balanced and sensitive way. In contrast, companies that fail to listen to or act on reports of non-compliance, public harm, or other ethical violations may lose their reputations and face considerable penalties.

To counteract the risk of mishandling whistleblowing, organisations need a vibrant “speak up” culture that is prepared to hear unwelcome news. Employees should be encouraged to take whistleblowing seriously and not turn a blind eye to wrongdoing.

At Sponge, we understand the challenges that companies face when encouraging this attitude. To help employees handle whistleblowing in a way that benefits everyone, we offer a modular learning programme crafted to drive culture change – and fully adaptable to your organisation and sector.

Protect your organisation.

Authoritative content.

Created by leading authorities on whistleblowing alongside Sponge's learning science experts, our programme is designed to drive behavioural change – not just impart academic knowledge.

Customised to your needs.

Build a tailored programme through our Mix & Match modules and target specific knowledge gaps - or go fully bespoke.

Easy, fast deployment.

Seamless deployment through your existing LMS, or delivered with Sponge’s dedicated LMS solution.

In your language.

With ready-made options in English, German and French, and the capability to serve a wide range of other languages.

What our ready-made
programme offers.

Every organisation has different learning requirements and gaps in understanding that need to be filled. With our special Mix & Match system, your learning manager can work with our experts to identify the training modules employees need and the lesson type that suits them best – from text and images to video, animations and simulations.

The programme covers a variety of whistleblowing topics, including legally required reporting channels, the handling of reports, and the legal protection of whistleblowers. In addition, it illustrates the relevance of whistleblowing in our society and also for the company itself. Employees are encouraged not to look away but to take compliance violations seriously. Special lessons for leadership and for dealing with colleagues will help your organisation establish a vibrant speak-up culture.  

  • Welcome. 
  • Why whistleblowing? 
  • Protection for whistleblowers. 
  • Responsibility of managers. 
  • Supporting colleagues. 

Our Whistleblowing programme was developed in co-operation with Dr Carsten Thiel von Herff, founder of law firm Thiel von Herff | Rechtsanwälte. Dr von Herff has over 15 years’ experience in global compliance, and for a number of years has acted as ombudsman for companies such as IKEA, Beiersdorf, HUGO BOSS, TÜV NORD, ALDI Süd, EDEKA and the German Football League. For more information, please visit

Companies using our whistleblowing elearning programme include Andritz, Bahlsen, Bruker, Hawesko, Hitachi Zosen, Lufthansa, Plasser & Theurer and Vossloh.

Looking to create something special?

Sponge is industry-famous for cutting edge bespoke solutions. Clients come to us to set new standards for what an online compliance learning experience can be. When the topic is dry, the experience is everything.

tailored solutions.

Our range of services responds to your specific learning needs – whatever form they take.


Curious about how employees are learning? Want to know what gaps need filling? Our consultants can offer expert help.


Our award-winning bespoke solutions can make compliance a stimulating learning experience – not just a practical necessity.

Mix & Match Solutions.

Create a flexible, distinctive programme for your employees by picking and choosing from a range of different modules.

Find your solution

Find your ideal Whistleblowing learning solution.

Whistleblowing from ready-to-go,
to cutting edge and bespoke.

With Sponge you can choose from a range of bespoke, tailorable, or off-the-shelf solutions, and full deployment on an LMS if you need it.

Start with core content, and customise it to meet your specifications.

  • Mix and match content modules.
  • Customise to your brand style.
  • Select sector-specific content. 
  • Translate into many languages.

Explore our tailorable digital compliance training.

Some bespoke learning methods we work with: 

  • Role-play through game-based learning. 
  • Augmented reality. 
  • Blended learning.  
  • Video. 
  • Micro-learning. 
  • Competitive learning. 
  • Simulations. 
  • Quiz-based learning. 

Explore Bespoke Digital Learning with Sponge

Enhance your learning.

Sponge also provides optional content delivery and reporting systems to help you take control of your company’s learning.

Sponge LMS.

Our user-friendly Learning Management System makes it straightforward to manage compliance training and track learners’ progress.


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Develop an unshakeable culture of listening, speaking up, and taking action on wrongdoing.
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