Operation First Response, Inc requires directors, officers, employees and volunteers to observe high standards of business and personal ethics in the conduct of their duties and responsibilities. As employees and representatives of Operation First Response, Inc. we must practice honesty and integrity in fulfilling our responsibilities and comply with all applicable laws and regulations.
This Whistleblower Policy is intended to encourage and enable employees, volunteers and others to raise serious concerns internally so that Operation First Response, Inc can address and correct inappropriate conduct and actions. It is the responsibility of all board members, officers, employees and volunteers to report concerns about violations of Operation First Response’s code of ethics or suspected violations of law or regulations that govern Operation First Response’s operations.
It is contrary to the values of Operation First Response, Inc for anyone to retaliate against any board member, officer, employee or volunteer who in good faith reports an ethics violation, or a suspected violation of law, such as a complaint of discrimination, or suspected fraud, or suspected violation of any regulation governing the operations of Operation First Response, Inc. An employee who retaliates against someone who has reported a violation in good faith is subject to discipline up to and including termination of employment.
Operation First Response, Inc has an open door policy and suggests that employees and volunteers share their questions, concerns, suggestions or complaints with the Executive Director. If you are not comfortable speaking with the Executive Director or you are not satisfied with the Executive Director’s response, you are encouraged to speak with the Board Chairman. The Executive Director and the Board Chairman are required to report complaints or concerns about suspected ethical and legal violations in writing to Operation First Response’s Board of Directors who have the responsibility to investigate all reported complaints. Employees and volunteers with concerns or complaints may also submit their concerns in writing directly to the Executive Director or the Board Chairman.
Operation First Response’s Executive Director is responsible for ensuring that all complaints about unethical or illegal conduct are investigated and resolved. The Executive Director will advise the Board of Directors of all complaints and their resolutions will be reported at least annually to the Treasurer on compliance activity relating to accounting or alleged financial improprieties.
Accounting and Auditing Matters
Operation First Response’s Executive Director shall immediately notify the Board of Directors of any concerns or complaints regarding corporate accounting practices, internal controls or auditing and work with the committee until the matter is resolved.