Whistleblower Policy of Humanity TV Inc.
Humanity TV Inc. (“Humanity TV”) requires its directors, officers, employees and volunteers to observe high standards of business and personal ethics in the conduct of their duties and responsibilities within Humanity TV. As representatives of Humanity TV, we must practice honesty and integrity in fulfilling our responsibilities and must comply with all applicable laws and regulations.
The purpose of this Whistleblower Policy (“Policy”) is to create an ethical and open work environment, to ensure that Humanity TV has a governance and accountability structure that supports its mission, and to encourage and enable directors, officers, employees and volunteers of Humanity TV to raise serious concerns about the occurrence of illegal or unethical actions with Humanity TV before turning to outside parties for resolution.
Notwithstanding anything contained in this Policy to the contrary, this Policy is not an employment contract and does not modify the employment relationship between Humanity TV and any of its directors, officers, employees or volunteers, nor does it change the fact that all employees of Humanity TV are employees at will. Nothing contained in this Policy provides any director, officers, employee or volunteer of Humanity TV with any additional rights or causes of action not otherwise available under applicable law.
All directors, officers, employees and volunteers of Humanity TV have a responsibility to report any action or suspected action taken within Humanity TV that is illegal, unethical or violates any adopted policy of Humanity TV (“Violations”). Indeed, officers have an explicit fiduciary duty under D.C. law to report any actual or probably material violation of the law involving Humanity TV or any material breach of duty owed to Humanity TV that he or she believes has occurred or is likely to occur.
Anyone reporting a Violation must act in good faith, without malice to Humanity TV or any individual in Humanity TV and have reasonable grounds for believing that the information shared in the report indicates that a Violation has occurred. A person who makes a report does not have to prove that a Violation has occurred. However, any report which the reporter has made maliciously or any report which the reporter has good reason to believe is false will be viewed as a serious disciplinary offense.
No one who, in good faith, reports a Violation or who, in good faith, cooperates in the investigation of a Violation, shall suffer harassment, retaliation or adverse employment consequences. Any individual within Humanity TV who retaliates against another individual who has reported a Violation, in good faith, or who, in good faith, has cooperated in the investigation of a Violation, is subject to discipline, including termination of employment or volunteer status.
If you believe that an individual who has made a good faith report of a Violation or who has, in good faith, cooperated in the investigation of a Violation, is suffering harassment, retaliation or adverse employment consequences, please contact William Stewart (the “Compliance Manager”).
All directors, officers, employees and volunteers should address their concerns relating to a Violation to any person with Humanity TV who can properly address those concerns. In most cases, the direct supervisor of an employee or volunteer is the person best suited to address a concern. However, if you are not comfortable speaking with your supervisor or if you are not satisfied with your supervisor’s response, you are encouraged to speak to the Compliance Manager, to William or to anyone in management you feel comfortable approaching.
An officer who believes that there has been an actual or probable material violation of the law, or any material breach of a duty owed to Humanity TV, must report the violation to a superior officers, to William Stewart or the Compliance Manager. However, if the person to whom he or she would normally report is implicated in a Violation, the officer should report directly to the Board of Directors.
Humanity TV encourages anyone reporting a Violation to identify himself or herself when making a report in order to facilitate the investigation of the Violation. However, reports addressed to an individual within Humanity TV may be submitted on a confidential basis and, and reports may be submitted to the Compliance Manager anonymously by mail, to P.O. Box 625, Gaithersburg, MD 20889, Attn: Compliance Manager.
A supervisor, manager and Board member is required to notify the Compliance Manager of every report of a Violation. The Compliance Manager will notify the sender and acknowledge receipt of a report of Violation within five business days, but only to the extent the sender’s identity is disclosed or a return address is provided.
The Compliance Manager is responsible for promptly investigating all reporting Violations and for causing appropriate corrective action to be taken if warranted by the investigation.
The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors is responsible for addressing all reported concerns or complaints of Violations relating to corporate accounting practices, internal controls or auditing. Therefore, the Compliance Manager must immediately notify the Audit Committee of any such concern or complaint. In addition, if the Compliance Manager deems it appropriate, the Compliance Manager may advise the Executive Director or the Board of Directors of any other reported Violations.
The Compliance Manager has direct access to communicate with the Board of Directors for purposes of implementing this policy and is required to report to the Board of Directors at least annually about whether the Compliance Manager has received any reports under this policy.
Compliance Manager: William Stewart, 301-986-6927, P.O. Box 625, Gaithersburg MD 20884
Adopted by the Board of Directors at its Meeting on March 3, 2015.