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Ethics Policies and Procedures

Whistle Blower Policy

SECTION 1.  GENERAL


National Society SAR Code of Organization Conduct (hereinafter referred to as the Code) requires officers, trustees, committee chairmen and senior staff to observe high standards of business and personal ethics in the conduct of their duties and responsibilities.  The same high standards are expected of all members, employees and volunteers.  Officers, trustees, committee chairmen, senior staff, committee members, and employees are representatives of National Society SAR and must practice honesty and integrity in fulfilling their responsibilities and comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

The objectives of the National Society SAR Whistleblower Policy are to establish policies and procedures for:

‣ The submission of concerns regarding questionable accounting or audit matters by officers, trustees, committee chairmen, committee members, senior staff, employees, and other stakeholders of National Society SAR, on a confidential and anonymous basis.
‣ The receipt, retention, and treatment of complaints received by National Society SAR regarding accounting, internal controls, or auditing matters.
‣ The protection of officers, trustees, committee chairmen, committee members, senior staff, employees, and other stakeholders reporting concerns from retaliatory actions.

SECTION 2.  REPORTING RESPONSIBILITY


Each officer, trustee, committee chairman, committee member, senior staff, employee and other stakeholder of National Society SAR has an obligation to report in accordance with this Whistleblower Policy (a) questionable or improper accounting or auditing matters, and (b) violations and suspected violations of National Society SAR Organization’s Code (hereinafter collectively referred to as Concerns).

SECTION 3.  AUTHORITY OF NATIONAL SOCIETY SAR INSPECTOR GENERAL


The National Society SAR Inspector General is appointed by the President General for a three year term.  The National Society SAR Chief Compliance Officer is appointed by the President General and his term will end simultaneously with the term of the President General.  All reported Concerns will be forwarded to the National Society SAR Inspector General in accordance with the procedures set forth herein.  The National Society SAR Inspector General shall be responsible for investigating, and making appropriate recommendations to the National Society SAR Chancellor General and the National Society SAR Executive Committee.  If the National Society SAR Inspector General is the subject of the Concern, the National Society SAR Chief Compliance Officer will receive the reported Concerns, and be responsible for investigating, and making appropriate recommendations to the National Society SAR Chancellor General and the National Society SAR Executive Committee.

SECTION 4.  NO RETALIATION


This Whistleblower Policy is intended to encourage and enable officers, trustees, committee chairmen, committee members, senior staff, employees and other stakeholders to raise Concerns within National Society SAR for investigation and appropriate action.  With this goal in mind, no officer, trustee, committee chairman, committee member, senior staff, employee or other stakeholder who, in good faith, reports a Concern shall be subject to retaliation or, in the case of an employee, adverse employment consequences.  Moreover, a National Society SAR member or employee who retaliates against someone who has reported a Concern in good faith is subject to discipline up to and including referral to the National Society SAR Ethics Committee for possible action or termination of employment.

SECTION 5.  REPORTING CONCERNS


Employees

Employees should first discuss their Concern with their immediate supervisor.  If, after speaking with his or her supervisor, the individual continues to have reasonable grounds to believe the Concern is valid, the individual should report the Concern to the Executive Director.  In addition, if the individual is uncomfortable speaking with his or her supervisor, or the supervisor is a subject of the Concern, the individual should report his or her Concern directly to the Executive Director.  

If the individual is uncomfortable speaking with his or her supervisor, or the Executive Director, the individual should report his or her Concern directly to the National Society SAR Inspector General.

If the Concern was reported verbally to the Executive Director, the reporting individual, with assistance from the Executive Director shall reduce the Concern to writing.  The Executive Director is required to promptly report the Concern to the National Society SAR Inspector General, who has specific and exclusive responsibility to investigate all Concerns.  If the Executive Director, for any reason, does not promptly forward the Concern to the National Society SAR Inspector General, the reporting individual should directly report the Concern to the National Society SAR Inspector General.  Contact information for the National Society SAR Inspector General may be obtained from the National Society SAR website.  Concerns may also be submitted anonymously.  Such anonymous Concerns should be in writing and sent directly to the National Society SAR Inspector General.

National Society SAR Members and Other Stakeholders

National Society SAR members and other stakeholders should submit Concerns in writing directly to the National Society SAR Inspector General.  Contact information for the National Society SAR Inspector General may be obtained from the National Society SAR website.

National Society SAR Web Based Hotline

Concerns can be submitted to the National Society SAR Inspector General through the Web Based Hotline, which is included on the National Society SAR Members Only website.  An online form has been created for reporting Concerns directly to the National Society SAR Inspector General.  

Acting in Good Faith

Anyone reporting a Concern must act in good faith and have reasonable grounds for believing the information disclosed indicates an improper accounting or auditing practice, or a violation of the National Society SAR Code of Organizational Conduct.  The act of making allegations that prove to be unsubstantiated, and that prove to have been made maliciously, recklessly, or with the foreknowledge that the allegations are false, will be viewed as a serious disciplinary offense and may result in discipline, up to and including referral to the National Society SAR Ethics Committee for possible action or termination of employment.  Such conduct may also give rise to other actions, including civil lawsuits.

SECTION 6.  HANDLING OF REPORTED VIOLATIONS


The National Society SAR Inspector General shall address all reported Concerns.  The National Society SAR Inspector General shall immediately notify the National Society SAR Chancellor General and the President General of any such reported Concern.  The National Society SAR Inspector General will notify the sender and acknowledge receipt of the Concern within seven business days, if possible.  It will not be possible to acknowledge receipt of anonymously submitted Concerns.

The National Society SAR Inspector General will promptly investigate all reports, and appropriate corrective action will be recommended to the National Society SAR Chancellor General and the Executive Committee, if warranted by the investigation.  In addition, action taken must include a conclusion and/or follow-up with the complainant for complete closure of the Concern.

The National Society SAR Inspector General, with the concurrence of the Executive Committee, has the authority to obtain resources deemed necessary to conduct a full and complete investigation of the allegations.

SECTION 7.  CONFIDENTIALITY


Reports of Concerns and investigations pertaining thereto, shall be kept confidential to the extent possible, consistent with the need to conduct an adequate investigation.

Disclosure of reports of Concerns to individuals not involved in the investigation will be viewed as a serious disciplinary offense and may result in discipline, up to and including referral to the National Society SAR Ethics Committee for possible action or termination of employment.  Such conduct may also give rise to other action, including civil lawsuits.

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