Climate-related disclosures are currently covered under federal law, and whistleblowers around the world can help U.S. law enforcement detect and prosecute climate-related fraud and corruption.
Several U.S. laws have strong whistleblower provisions that provide protections against retaliation, including the ability to report confidentially or even anonymously. Many of these laws also have financial reward provisions for whistleblowers whose original information leads to a successful enforcement action. Climate whistleblowers can use these laws to report a range of legal violations that enable the climate crisis.
Here are ten things to look for:
- Bribery in the fossil fuel industry
- Illegal lumber & timber imports and customs
- Violations of lease requirements in mineral extraction on federal land and offshore drilling
- Leaks of oil or natural gas related to federal leases for mineral.
- Violations of swaps of commodity futures trading
- False or misleading disclosures about climate-related
- Climate-related accounting fraud
- Misleading marketing of ESG products and
- Inflated oil and gas reserves
- Money laundering
The Fund operates a free-of-charge program in which whistleblowers can fill out a secure intake form that allows whistleblowers to submit basic information about their cases on a confidential basis. The intake form, and all communication with the Fund, are protected under the attorney-client privilege. Attorneys review every intake and make all decisions regarding the intakes. This review is conducted free of charge on a pro bono basis.
HOW THE PROCESS WORKS