Whistle-blowing encourages and enables employees to raise serious concerns within the Group rather than overlooking a problem or 'blowing the whistle' outside.
Employees are often the first to realize that there is something seriously wrong with SEGi. However, they may not express their concerns as they feel that speaking up would be disloyal to their colleagues or to SEGi.
SEGi is committed to the highest possible standards of openness, probity and accountability. In line with that commitment we expect employees, and others that we deal with, who have serious concerns about any aspect of the Group's work to come forward and voice those concerns.
The policy applies to all employees, (including those designated as casual hours, temporary, agency, authorised volunteers or work experience), and those contractors working for the Group, for example, university and corporate partners and business associates. It also covers suppliers and those providing services under a contract with the Group in their own premises, for example, agency.
The whistle-blowing channels are as follows:
All concerns will be treated in confidence and every effort will be made not to reveal your identity if you so wish. At the appropriate time, however, you may need to come forward as a witness. This policy encourages you to raise genuine concerns and have reasonable grounds when reporting a whistle-blowing complaint. Please note that:
SEGi recognises that the decision to report a concern can be a difficult one to make. If what you are saying is true, you should have nothing to fear because you will be doing your duty to your employer and those for whom you provide a service.
SEGi will not tolerate any harassment or victimisation (including informal pressures) and will take appropriate action to protect you when you raise a concern in good faith.