Human Rights Violations at the Workplace: Uncovering and Documenting: Günter Wallraff’s Activist Whistleblowing Method

Kristian Alm, Jacob Dahl Rendtorff

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The aim of this chapter is to provide a theory of activist whistleblowing for justice and dignity as the framework for detecting injustice and human rights abuses in business and organizations. This is important for trust and business legitimacy.
We suggest that whistleblowing is an important field of human rights in business and essential for creating public awareness of human rights abuses and democratic engagement in promoting human rights in business. In order to develop such a theory, we use the activist work and controversial life of the German journalist and writer Günter Wallraff based on a confrontation with the dominant concepts of whistleblowing in relation to business and human rights.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Business Legitimacy : Responsbility, Ethics and Society
EditorsJacob Dahl Rendtorff
Number of pages32
Place of PublicationCham
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-14621-4
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-14622-1
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Business and Human Rights
  • Whistleblowing
  • Journalism
  • Business ethics
  • Günter Wallraff
  • Undercover investigation
  • Freedom of expression
  • Employee rights
  • Human rights abuses
  • Organizational wrongdoing

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