TruthTeller is testing a new type of precision activism, by proactively seeking out potential whistleblowers in particular companies within target industries.
The public has a right to know about decisions being made behind closed doors that will affect all our futures. TruthTeller is asking people to put their loyalty to their fellow humans and the future of the planet before their loyalty to their bosses.
After all, we’re all humans first, and employees second.
TruthTeller.Life is our whistleblowing platform to help employees at planet-damaging companies anonymously disclose what they know.
We’re making direct approaches to insiders at target companies and asking them to share previously undisclosed information exposing greenwashing or environmental harm.
As well as triggering leaks – which we’ll publish safely and anonymously in collaboration with trusted news outlets – we want to send a warning to any company damaging the planet, or lying about its carbon reduction plans or other green credentials, that it is at imminent risk of public exposure.
TruthTeller is a new type of direct action, with experimental tactics designed to be safe during the pandemic. We’ll also use targeted street actions once we’re able to do so again.
In addition, we’ll be pressuring companies to adopt and promote policies to provide support and protection to whistleblowers.
Ultimately we hope that by encouraging people to reveal what they know, it will empower others to do the same, so that whistleblowing becomes seen both as a moral duty and a democratic right.
How to get involved
If you have insider information the public ought to know, contact us in confidence through our secure, anonymous platform www.TruthTeller.Life and we can advise you how to proceed. Do not visit the site on your work device.
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If you’d like to get involved in future actions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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To offer professional support and advice to whistleblowers or contribute in any other way to the TruthTeller project contact email@example.com
We launched TruthTeller on Saturday 6 February with a series of Covid-safe actions in London. These included
- An unauthorised insert in The Financial Times titled How to Save It, spoofing the paper’s glossy consumer magazine How to Spend It and inviting FT readers to whistleblow. 1000 inserts were placed by XR volunteers into copies of the Weekend FT (6th/7th February) on supermarket and newsagent stands.
- 1000s of calling cards posted through letterboxes in upmarket neighbourhoods inviting senior company employees to Whistleblow for the Planet while they work from home. Target neighbourhoods have so far included Kensington, Mayfair, Hampstead, Chiswick and other executive-rich areas, with more to follow.
- A pioneering campaign of Linkedin online advertising, specifically addressing employees of target companies including Shell, Exxon, HSBC, Barclays, HS2 (High Speed Rail) Ltd and Standard Chartered. The ads read: “Dear HS2 employee!” and invite them to whistleblow through TruthTeller.Life.
A second wave of actions started across the UK on 20th February.