Whistle Blower Policy
Policy on Reporting and Investigating Allegations of Suspected Improper Activities
The Epilepsy Foundation has a responsibility for the stewardship of its resources and the public and private support that enables it to pursue its mission. The Foundation is committed to compliance with the laws and regulations to which it is subject and to promulgating Foundation policies and procedures to interpret and apply these laws and regulations in the Foundation setting. Laws, regulations, policies and procedures strengthen and promote ethical practices and ethical treatment of those in the epilepsy community and those who conduct business with the Foundation.
The Epilepsy Foundation’s Code of Ethics and the Foundation’s Conflict of Interest Policy require directors, officers and employees to observe high standards of business and personal ethics in the conduct of their duties and responsibilities. As representatives of the Foundation, we must practice honesty and integrity in fulfilling our responsibilities and comply with all applicable laws and regulations.
It is the responsibility of all directors, officers and employees to comply with the Code of Ethics and the Conflict of Interest Policy and to report violations or suspected violations in accordance with this Policy.
No director, officer or employee who in good faith reports a violation of the Code shall suffer harassment, retaliation or adverse employment consequence. 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. This Whistleblower Policy is intended to encourage and enable employees and others to raise serious concerns within the Foundation prior to seeking resolution outside of the organization.
This policy is meant to be construed as an open door policy and suggests that employees share their questions, concerns, suggestions or complaints with someone who can address them properly. In most cases, an employee’s supervisor is in the best position to address an area of concern. However, if an individual is not comfortable speaking to his or her supervisor or if one is not satisfied with a supervisor’s response to a reported violation, that individual is encouraged to speak to someone in the Human Resources Department or the Chief Executive Officer. In the event that the employee is not satisfied with the response of staff management, the individual may bring his or her concern or complaint to the Compliance Officer of the Foundation’s Board. Board Directors and Officers are required to report suspected violations of the Code and related policies to the Foundation’s Compliance Officer. The Compliance Officer shall be either the Chair of the Audit Committee of the Board, and/or the Legal Counsel of the Foundation, and that officer has specific and exclusive responsibility to investigate all reported violations. For all cases of suspected fraud, or when you are not satisfied or uncomfortable with following the Foundation’s open door policy, all individuals should feel free to contact directly the Foundation’s Compliance Officer identified above.
You may contact the Compliance Officer by:
- Sending an email to Alexandra Finucane (the Foundation’s General Counsel) at email@example.com;
- Darrell Van Deusen, Esquire (the Foundation’s outside counsel) at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling him at 410-727-4300;
- Sending an email to Ralph Baker (Chair of the Audit Committee) at email@example.com;
- Calling Alexandra Finucane at (301) 918-3760 or Ralph Baker at 703-641-2465;
- Mailing a letter to “Compliance Officer” c/o Epilepsy Foundation, 8301 Professional Place, Landover, MD 20785.
Compliance Officer's Duties
The Foundation’s Compliance Officer is responsible for investigating and resolving all reported complaints and allegations concerning violations of the Code of Ethics and Conflict of Interest policy, and, at his or her discretion, shall advise the Chair of the Board, the Executive Committee and/or the Audit Committee of the investigation. The Compliance Officer is required to report to the Audit Committee and the Board as appropriate at least annually on all compliance activity.
Accounting and Auditing Matters
The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors shall address all reported concerns or complaints regarding corporate accounting practices, internal controls or auditing. The Compliance Officer shall immediately notify the Audit Committee of any such complaint and work with the Committee until the matter is resolved.
Acting in Good Faith
Anyone filing a complaint concerning a violation or suspected violation of the Code or Conflict of Interest Policy must be acting in good faith and have reasonable grounds for believing the information disclosed indicates a violation of the Foundation’s Code or policies. 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 and may be considered a violation of the Code of Ethics.
Violations or suspected violations may be submitted on an anonymous or 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
Any manager who learns of a complaint that is filed will share it with the Compliance Officer, who will notify the sender and acknowledge receipt of the reported violation or suspected violation within five business days. All reports will be promptly investigated and appropriate corrective action will be taken, if warranted, by the investigation.
Approved by the Board of Directors, November, 2005; Updated July, 2009