2022 Edition

Governance (CA-GOV) 8: Protection of Reporters of Suspected Misconduct

The organization prohibits employment-related retaliation against employees, and others affiliated with the organization, who come forward with information about suspected misconduct or questionable practices, and provides an appropriate, confidential channel for reporting such information.

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The organization's governing body guides and supports the planning, development, and achievement of the organization's mission and goals.
Note: Please see the Whistleblower Policy Template for additional guidance on this standard. 
The organization's practices reflect full implementation of the standard.
Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement; e.g.,
  • The definition of what constitutes a reportable violation lacks specificity.
Practice requires significant improvement; e.g.,
  • There is a perception among staff that procedures do not adequately protect anonymity; or
  • Procedures are not readily available, or staff and board members are not aware they exist; or
  • Procedures do not adequately protect against retaliation.
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all; e.g.,
  • Staff report feeling afraid or intimidated.
Self-Study EvidenceOn-Site EvidenceOn-Site Activities
  • Policy protecting reporters of suspected misconduct
  • Procedures for reporting suspected misconduct
  • Documentation of any grievances/incidents related to retaliation
  • Interviews may include:
    1. CEO
    2. HR director
    3. Relevant personnel