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Protected Disclosure Policy

As part of our mission to conduct our affairs with openness, honesty and integrity and to observe governance best practice, Bord na Móna has established a formal mechanism to enable those working in Bord na Móna to voice concerns and report wrongdoings, in confidence, in a responsible and effective manner. The new policy reflects changes required by the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 and applies to all Workers including employees, contractors, trainees, agency staff, former employees and interns. The policy is designed to inform Workers of their right to make a Protected Disclosure of any Relevant Wrongdoing. Full details are provided in the policy on safeguards for Workers and their right not to suffer any detriment by virtue of having made such a disclosure. The policy also outlines the addition of a right to make an external disclosure as well as a right to appeal.

It is the duty of all Workers in Bord na Móna to safeguard all Group assets in the normal course of their work. However, all organisations face the risk that certain Workers may engage in conduct that violates the law, regulations or the policies of the organisation itself.

Workers may be concerned that by reporting, or co-operating in investigations of potential misconduct they will be opening themselves up to victimisation, detriment or risking job security. This policy is designed to inform Workers of their right to make a Protected Disclosure of any Relevant Wrongdoing, potential Relevant Wrongdoing or any wilful waste of Group resources. Provided Workers are acting in good faith, they have a right not to suffer any detriment by virtue of having made such a Disclosure. A Worker who makes a Disclosure and has a reasonable belief of wrongdoing will not be penalised by Bord na Móna, even if the concerns or Disclosure turn out to be unfounded.

 

This policy is intended to assist Workers who believe they have discovered malpractice or impropriety. It supports Workers who have a genuine concern.

It aims to:

  • Foster a culture of openness and honest communication;
  • Ensure the attainment of objectives set out in the Group Mission Statement and Group Code of Business Conduct;
  • Ensure full compliance with all legal, regulatory and other requirements, and
  • Provide a mechanism to uphold the integrity of all Workers.