SCOPE OF THIS POLICY:
2.1 This policy is designed to enable Directors, all employees, including temporary staff, to raise any serious concerns internally with high level of confidentiality and immunity.
2.2 Any individual who has observed a reportable misconduct has an obligation and responsibility to report such conduct to appropriate authority.
2.3 Conduct becomes reportable when it happens or when it is reasonably likely to happen in near future. In determining whether to report a conduct, the harm to the institution should not only be measured in terms of funds lost or damage to a particular activity or initiative but should also be assessed in terms of damages to the integrity and reputation of BBK.
2.4 This policy is also a mean of preventing and deterring misconduct that may be contemplated but has not yet taken place.
2.5 This policy aims to:
• Encourage employees to feel confident in raising serious concerns and to question and act upon concerns.
• Provide avenues to raise concerns and receive feedback on any action taken
• Reassure employees that they will be protected from possible reprisal or victimisation if they have a reasonable belief that they have made any disclosure in good faith.
2.6 The whistle blowing policy is intended to cover major concerns that fall outside the scope of other procedures. These concerns may include:
• conduct which is an offence or a breach of law
• related to miscarriages of justice
• health and safety risks, including risks to public/employees
• damage to reputation
• damage to the environment
• the unauthorised use of Bank’s funds and/or use of funds/ property/ resources for illegal, improper or unethical purpose
• possible fraud
• indulgence in corruption
• sexual or physical abuse
• other unethical conduct
2.7 A serious concern about any aspect of service provision or the conduct of officers or employees or others acting on behalf of BBK can be reported under this whistle blowing policy. It includes any act/event which;
• is against governing rules, procedures, and policies; or established standards of practice;
• falls below established standards of practice and ethics such as integrity, respect, honesty, responsibility, accountability and fairness;
• amounts to illegal or unlawful conduct;
• amounts to the waste/misuse of BBK resources;
• amounts to an attempt to cover up any of these types of actions.