Whistleblower Policy

Last updated on September 10th, 2019

WHISTLEBLOWER POLICY

The Partnership for Economic Development In Sullivan County requires directors, officers and employees to observe high standards of business and personal ethics in the conduct of their duties and responsibilities. As employees and representatives of The Partnership for Economic Development In Sullivan County, we must practice honesty and integrity in fulfilling our responsibilities and comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

 

Reporting Responsibility

This Whistleblower Policy is intended to encourage and enable employees and others to raise serious concerns internally so that The Partnership for Economic Development In Sullivan County can address and correct inappropriate conduct and actions. It is the responsibility of all board members, officers, employees and volunteers to report concerns about violations of The Partnership for Economic Development In Sullivan County’s code of ethics or suspected violations of law or regulations that govern The Partnership for Economic Development In Sullivan County’s operations.

 

No Retaliation

It is contrary to the values and corporate culture of The Partnership for Economic Development In Sullivan County for anyone to retaliate against any board member, officer, employee or volunteer who in good faith reports an ethics violation, or a suspected violation of law, such as a complaint of discrimination, or suspected fraud, or suspected violation of any regulation governing the operations of The Partnership for Economic Development In Sullivan County. An employee who retaliates against someone who has reported a violation in good faith is subject to discipline up to and including termination of employment.

 

Reporting Procedure

The Partnership for Economic Development In Sullivan County has an open-door policy and suggests that employees share their questions, concerns, suggestions or complaints with their supervisor. If you are not comfortable speaking with your supervisor or you are not satisfied with your supervisor’s response, you are encouraged to speak with the Chairman of the Board or the Chairman of the Governance Committee. Supervisors and managers are required to report complaints or concerns about suspected ethical and legal violations in writing to the Partnership for Economic Development In Sullivan County’s Chairman of the Board, who has the responsibility to investigate all reported complaints. Employees with concerns or complaints may also submit their concerns in writing directly to their supervisor, the Chief Executive Officer or the Chairman of The Board of Directors or his/her designated person.   The Chairman of the Board of The Partnership for Economic Development In Sullivan County is responsible for ensuring that all complaints about unethical or illegal conduct are investigated and resolved. The Chairman will respond immediately, and the investigation will take place within 30 days of receiving the compliant. The Chairman will advise the Chief Executive Officer and/or the Board of Directors of all complaints and their resolution and will report at least annually to the Treasurer/Chair of the Finance Committee on compliance activity relating to accounting or alleged financial improprieties.

 

Accounting and Auditing Matters

The Partnership for Economic Development In Sullivan County’s Chairman shall immediately notify the Finance Committee of any concerns or complaint regarding corporate accounting practices, internal controls or auditing and work with the committee until the matter is resolved.

 

Acting in Good Faith

Anyone filing a written complaint concerning a violation or suspected violation must be acting in good faith and have reasonable grounds for believing the information disclosed indicates a violation. Any allegations that prove not to be substantiated and which prove to have been made maliciously or knowingly to be false will be viewed as a serious disciplinary offense. Confidentiality violations or suspected violations may be submitted on a confidential basis by the complainant. Reports of violations or suspected violations will be kept confidential to the extent possible, consistent with the need to conduct an adequate investigation.

 

Handling of Reported Violations

The Partnership for Economic Development In Sullivan County’s Chairman of the Board will notify the person who submitted a complaint and acknowledge receipt of the reported violation or suspected violation. All reports will be promptly investigated, and appropriate corrective action will be taken if warranted by the investigation.

 

Compliance Officer

The Chairman of the Board of Directors is deemed the compliance officer of The Partnership for Economic Development In Sullivan County.