Whistle Blower Policy
Roles and Responsibilities
- Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) shall be the owner of the process. CHRO shall also ensure that following committees are in place:
- Matters which are pending before a Court of Law, State or National Human Rights Commission or any other Commission, Tribunal or any other judiciary or sub judiciary body.
- Any matter, after the expiry of one year from the date on which the act constituting violation of human rights is alleged to have been committed.
- Allegation, which is not against the interests of ABC Entities/employees as stated above.
- Issue raised relates to civil dispute, such property rights, contractual obligations, etc.
- Issue raised, relating to service matters, i.e. matters relating to employment such as salary, promotion, etc.
*In case of sexual harassment the Policy for Prevention of Sexual Harassment [PFPOSH] of ABC shall be applicable and the complaint shall be closed as per the process described therein.
Dealing with anonymity
A whistleblower may choose to keep his/her identity anonymous. In such cases, the complaint should be accompanied with strong evidence and data
The Value Standards Committee will treat all complaints in a confidential and sensitive manner. In specific cases where the criticality and necessity of disclosing the identity of the whistleblower is important , it may be disclosed, on a 'need-to-know-basis', during the investigation process and only with the prior approval of the whistleblower.
Who is a whistle blower officer?
For the purpose of this policy, the Chief Human Resource Officer of ABC or the Company Secretary of ABC (or in his/her absence, the Legal Head) of the relevant Unit/Business would act as the Secretary of the relevant Values Standard Committee .