The aim of this Policy is to inform employees of the Companies commitment to the highest standards of openness, honesty and accountability. Where an individual discovers information which they believe shows serious malpractice, wrongdoing or neglect within the organisation then this information should be disclosed internally without fear of reprisal. Officially this is called 'making a disclosure in the public interest'.
The Company recognises that incidents of wrongdoing in the workplace are unacceptable and is therefore committed to ensuring that any such malpractice is prevented and immediately dealt with if it should arise.
Employees are often the first to realise that there may be something wrong within the Company, however, may not express concerns because of feelings that speaking up would be disloyal to colleagues or to the Company. Employees may also fear harassment or victimisation. In these circumstances it may be easier to ignore the concern rather than report what may be just a suspicion of malpractice.
The Company encourages its employees to raise genuine concerns about wrongdoing at the earliest practicable stage rather than wait for proof. Wrongdoing within the Company is taken very seriously.
This procedure is to provide safeguards to enable all employees to raise concerns about wrongdoing in connection with the Company. The aim is to provide a rapid mechanism under which genuine concerns made in good faith can be raised internally without fear of repercussions to the individual.
If an employee genuinely believes that the Company or any employee of the Company has taken, is intending or has failed to take action that is reasonably believed, will lead or amount to:
Employees should disclose this information in confidence through our externally provided confidential reporting service; Safecall (details on page 5), a multilanguage, externally managed reporting service. If such a disclosure is made, full details should be provided and, where possible, supporting evidence. It is important that these types of issues are dealt with sensitively and quickly. Anonymous disclosures are allowed but are h2ly discouraged as they are likely to hinder effective investigation. If you disclose information in accordance with this procedure, in so far as it is reasonably practicable, your identity will be kept confidential.
Following receipt of an investigation report from Safecall:
1. The Company will promptly investigate any allegation and will take whatever action it considers appropriate. Assistance may be required during the investigation from the employee making the allegation, where assistance is required it will be done so sensitively and confidentially. The allegation will be addressed seriously and the employee making the allegation will be informed of the outcome of the investigation as soon as practicable.
2. If it is reasonably believed by the employee making the complaint that the nature of the concern relates to any of the areas set out above and the information is disclosed to the appropriate person under this procedure in good faith, no action will be taken against the employee for making the disclosure.
3. The Company will take appropriate action against any person: