REHDA INSTITUTE

WHISTLEBLOWING POLICY

(RAISING A CONCERN OR COMPLAINT)

Whistleblowing Policy

Policy Statement

  1. REHDA Institute is committed to the highest standard of integrity, openness and accountability in the conduct of its businesses and operations. It aspires to conduct its affairs in an ethical, responsible and transparent manner. Recognizing the abovementioned values, REHDA Institute provides avenue for all employees and external parties/members of public to disclose any improper conduct within REHDA Institute.

Objective of the Policy

  1. This policy is to provide an avenue for all internal/external parties to disclose any improper conduct in accordance with the procedures as provided for under this policy and to provide protection for internal/external parties who report such allegations.

Scope of the Policy

  1. This policy is designed to facilitate internal/external parties working with REHDA Institute, including consultants, vendors, independent contractors, external agencies and/or any other party with a business relationship with REHDA Institute to disclose any improper conduct. Such misconduct or criminal offences include the following:
  2. a) Fraud;
  3. b) Bribery & Corruption;
  4. c) Abuse of Power;
  5. d) Conflict of Interest;
  6. e) Theft or embezzlement;
The above list is not exhaustive and includes any act or omissions, which if proven, will constitute an act of misconduct or any criminal offence under relevant legislations in force.

 

Procedure in Making a Disclosure

  1. All disclosures are to be channelled in accordance with the following manner:

By email to: whistleblow at rehdainstitute.com

  1. To facilitate an investigation into the alleged wrongdoing, where possible and applicable, the following information should be included when making a disclosure:
  2. a) Brief description of the misconduct;
  3. b) The date and location of the incidence;
  4. c) The identity of the wrongdoer;
  5. d) Particulars of witnesses, if any;
  6. e) Supporting evidence and/or documents;
  7. f) Other details deemed to be useful.

Protection to Whistleblower

  1. Employees who whistleblow on improper conduct will be protected against victimisation or other adverse treatment provided that the whistleblowing is done in good faith. Any whistleblower who whistleblows maliciously and not in good faith such as without concrete evidence and is found to be deliberately falsified with malicious intent to defame or sabotage other staff will be subject to appropriate disciplinary and/or legal actions (for internal staff) and other appropriate measures (for external parties).

Identity of Whistleblower

  1. Any internal/external party who wishes to report improper conduct is required to disclose his identity to REHDA Institute to accord the necessary protection to him/her. To prevent false and malicious reporting, poison letters and abuse of the reporting channel, all whistleblowers must provide sufficient evidence (such as documents, images, footages, audio, email, text message etc.) in their reports to facilitate further investigation, failing which credible reasonings/arguments must be presented to show that misconduct has taken place.

Notification

  1. Upon the completion of the whistleblowing process and procedures, the whistleblower will be accorded the privilege to be notified on the outcome of the disclosure rada. REHDA Institute reserves the right to amend this policy from time to time.