Whistleblower Policy

Original Approved by the Board of Directors, October 19, 2004
Amended by the Audit Committee February 15 and May 8, 2008
Amended Policy Approved by the Board of Directors, May 20, 2008

It is the policy of Research!America to promote an environment of openness and fair dealing in which employees feel free to raise questions and concerns about Research!America's operations.  Information that may raise concern about the integrity of Research!America is important and employees are encouraged to make prompt disclosures.

To encourage employees to promptly disclose concerns or information that could potentially impact the integrity of Research!America, employees are asked to report such concerns, on a confidential basis, to a member of the executive staff or to the Chair of the Audit Committee, the Chair of the Board, or other officers of Research!America.  Complaints or concerns will be turned over to Research!America's president or Board chair for investigation and the results of the investigation will be reported to the Audit Committee or Executive Committee.  Investigative outcomes will be maintained on a confidential basis in the office of the president or chair.  A copy of the report will be made available to the employee making the disclosure. 

Should any employee disclose such information, Research!America will:

  1. Maintain a confidential record of any complaint or concern raised about the integrity of Research!America;
  2. Address those complaints and concerns in a reasonably prompt manner.
  3. Disclose any complaints or concerns of a financial and conflict-of-interest nature to the Audit Committee of the Research!America Board of Directors and to the Executive Committee for other corporate concerns, along with the corrective action taken or planned to address the issues raised;
  4. Ensure that any individual bringing such complaints or concerns forward will not be subject to any adverse employee action based on the disclosure of those complaints or concerns.   Harassment, intimidation, retaliation or discrimination against employees will not be tolerated.  Employees who engage in such reprisals will be subject to discipline up to and including termination of employment. 
  5. Research!America and any of its agents shall not discharge or in any way discriminate against an employee because the employee has filed a complaint or has testified or otherwise acted to exercise his or her rights under this policy or in accordance with the laws of the State of Virginia.

This policy is available for public viewing on Research!America's Web site:  www.researchamerica.org.