FIA Told To Introduce Whistleblowing System To Prevent Corruption
Formula 1's governing body was "advised to introduce a whistleblowing system to prevent corruption" following an investigation by Deloitte, according to Christian Sylt for the London INDEPENDENT. FIA has been "slow off the mark in this respect compared to some other sports governing bodies." FIFA introduced a "whistleblowing hotline" in '13, and two years later, so did the IOC. Documents show that last year Deloitte recommended that FIA "follow suit." Deloitte was called in by FIA to carry out an investigation and its report concluded "that the threat of corruption was diminished, but noted that residual risks remain." Deloitte made a number of recommendations including "the creation of a Compliance Officer, the implementation of a whistleblowing system, the strengthening of the monitoring of the use of grants awarded by the FIA, the improvement in the monitoring of the independence of certain FIA bodies and of the absence of conflicts of interest." The report states that Deloitte's recommendations led to FIA's regulations being amended in December and "further changes are being made." A FIA spokesperson said, "The FIA is in the process of implementing the recommendations of Deloitte" (INDEPENDENT, 10/19).