Waterford Institute of Technology signs the Integrity at Work ‘pledge’

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Caption for photo: Pictured from left are: Chair of the Governing Body, Jim Moore and the WIT President, Prof Willie Donnelly. Photo by: George Goulding

Caption for photo: Pictured from left are: Chair of the Governing Body, Jim Moore and the WIT President, Prof Willie Donnelly. Photo by: George Goulding

Together with IT Sligo and Limerick IT, WIT will work with TI Ireland to evaluate existing policies and procedures and develop best practice standards

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has joined the Integrity at Work (IAW) programme, an initiative of Transparency International (TI) Ireland.

The IAW membership agreement and ‘Pledge’ were signed by the Chair of the Governing Body, Jim Moore and the WIT President, Prof Willie Donnelly on Tuesday, 24 September 2019.

By signing the IAW Pledge, WIT commits to developing a workplace environment where staff feel safe to raise concerns of wrongdoing.

One of three pilot sites

At the signing of the pledge President of WIT, Prof Willie Donnelly said: “I am delighted that WIT has been selected as one of the pilot sites for the implementation of the Integrity at Work programme. WIT is proud of its culture of openness.  WIT was the first institute to develop a Protected Disclosure Policy. The pilot builds and enhances the structures in place to support staff in making Protected Disclosures in a safe environment.”

WIT was one of the first institutes of technology to adopt a Protected Disclosures policy in 2014 and volunteered to be part of a Department of Education and Skills pilot programme for three institutes of technology to take part in the IAW initiative.

Participation in the programme will help the three institutes to implement best practice in regard to protected disclosures and whistleblowing. Together with IT Sligo and Limerick IT, WIT will work with TI Ireland to evaluate existing protected disclosure policies and procedures in order to develop best practice standards for the three participating institutes, and for the IoT sector as a whole.

Speak Up support

Stephanie Casey, IAW Programme Manager said: “Transparency International Ireland is delighted to welcome Waterford Institute of Technology to the Integrity at Work (IAW) programme. By signing the IAW Pledge, WIT has committed to developing a workplace environment where staff are supported to raise concerns of wrongdoing. We look forward to providing guidance and support as the programme is implemented in the coming year”.

The programme of support provided by TI Ireland includes training, member’s events and access to their Speak Up Helpline which provides confidential information, advice and referral to workers in relation to protected disclosures. A communications programme will inform staff about IAW and the support provided in the coming months.

THEA, as the advocacy and representative body for the technological sector, is delighted to support Waterford Institute of Technology in its work with Transparency International.  The CEO of THEA, Dr Joseph Ryan, said: “This is a progressive move from the institution responding proactively to the Protected Disclosures Act (2014) and working collaboratively with its community to realize a culture that supports all staff to act appropriately and with the mechanisms and confidence to raise concerns if the need arises.  THEA acknowledges the support of the Department of Education and Skills in this initiative and the facilitation provided by Transparency International”. 


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