Whistleblowing and Reportable Conduct
At SGCH we take whistleblowing very seriously and encourage people to report actual or suspected Reportable Conduct as soon as they become aware of it. This may be while it is happening or after the reportable conduct has happened.
What is Reportable Conduct?
Some examples of Reportable Conduct may include:
- financial irregularities
- corrupt or criminal conduct
- failure to follow any legal or regulatory obligation
- unethical or other serious improper conduct, including breaches of company policies and procedures.
What is an eligible Whistleblower?
Under the Corporations Act 2001, people who make a report about reportable conduct are called an eligible Whistleblower. In 2019, the Australian Government broadened the definition of an eligible Whistleblower to include any person who is, or has been any of the following:
- an officer of SGCH
- an employee of SGCH
- an individual who supplies services or goods to us (whether paid or unpaid)
- an employee of a person that supplies services or goods to us (whether paid or unpaid)
- an individual who is an associate of SGCH
- a relative or a dependant of any of the above people, or a dependant of their spouse.
How can I make a report?
If you have concerns about Reportable Conduct, you can report it to our Whistleblower Protection Officer (WPO) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When making a report, you should clearly outline:
- the issue or concern
- the individual(s) involved
- your reasons for believing that the Reportable Conduct has occurred
- the nature and whereabouts of any further evidence that would substantiate your allegation, if known.
This is to ensure that the WPO has sufficient information to take appropriate action without delay.
If for any reason, you do not feel comfortable contacting our WPO, you can make a report to our CEO, another one of our General Managers, a Director of our company or an auditor.
Will SGCH Protect eligible Whistleblowers?
Reports of Reportable Conduct can be anonymous, however these can have significant limitations that impact our ability to conduct a proper and appropriate investigation.
We are committed to protecting the rights of Eligible Whistleblowers and will respect confidentiality as required by law. We will not tolerate any retaliatory action or threats of retaliatory action against an Eligible Whistleblower or any person involved in the investigation process.
Where can I find more information?
For more information, please read our Whistleblowing and Reportable Conduct Policy.