Whistleblower Protection Policy
Whistleblower Protection Policy
The Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) 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 IONS, we must practice honesty and integrity in fulfilling our responsibilities and comply with all applicable laws and regulations.
This Whistleblower Policy is intended to encourage and enable employees and others to raise serious concerns internally so that IONS 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 IONS’ code of ethics or suspected violations of law or regulations that govern IONS’ operations.
It is contrary to the values of IONS 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 IONS. 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.
IONS’ Chief Executive Officer (CEO) 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 Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Supervisors and managers are required to report complaints or concerns about suspected ethical and legal violations in writing to the CEO or the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, who have the responsibility to investigate all reported complaints. Employees with concerns or complaints may also submit their concerns in writing directly to their supervisor, the CEO, or the Executive Committee.
Role of Compliance Officer
The role of Compliance Officer at IONS will be held by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. The Executive Committee will be responsible for ensuring that all complaints about unethical or illegal conduct are investigated and resolved. The Executive Committee will advise the CEO and the Board of Directors of all complaints and their resolution and will report at least annually to the Chairs of the Audit Committee and Finance Committee on compliance activity relating to accounting or alleged financial improprieties.
Accounting and Auditing Matters
IONS’ Executive Committee shall immediately notify the Audit Committee and 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.
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
IONS’ Executive Committee 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: Executive Committee of the Board of Directors
Policy approved by the Board of Directors on March 16, 2018.