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WHISTLEBLOWER POLICY

All Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children's Shelter staff are expected to observe high standards of business and personal ethics in addition to complying with all applicable laws and regulations while conducting their duties as Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children's Shelter employees. It is also the responsibility of all staff to comply with these policies for Conduct and Accountability and to report violations or suspected violations in accordance with this Whistleblower Policy.

If a staff person suspects another of engaging in unethical or illegal activity, it is his/her responsibility to report this activity to the Executive Director. If the Executive Director is suspected of engaging in the activity, then the employee should report to the Chair of the Board of Directors. The Executive Director and/or the Chair of the Board will use due diligence to investigate and resolve all reported complaints.

A report may be submitted anonymously, and all reports will be kept confidential to the extent possible. If deemed necessary, the Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children's Shelter Board of Directors may also address reports of violations as they relate to accounting practices, internal controls or auditing. No staff person who in good faith reports a violation shall suffer harassment, retaliation, or adverse employment consequences.