This Whistleblower Policy of NAMM and the NAMM Foundation: (1) encourages staff and volunteers to come forward with credible information on illegal practices or serious violations of adopted policies of NAMM and the NAMM Foundation; (2) specifies that NAMM and the NAMM Foundation will protect the person from retaliation; and (3) identifies where such information can be reported.
1. Encouragement of reporting. NAMM and the NAMM Foundation encourages complaints, reports or inquiries about illegal practices or serious violations of NAMM’s and the NAMM Foundation’s policies, including illegal or improper conduct by NAMM or the NAMM Foundation itself, by its leadership, or by others on its behalf. Appropriate subjects to raise under this policy would include financial improprieties, accounting or audit matters, ethical violations, harassment violations or other similar illegal or improper practices or policies.
2. Protection from retaliation. NAMM and the NAMM Foundation prohibit retaliation by or on behalf of the Organization against staff or volunteers for making good faith complaints, reports or inquiries under this policy or for participating in a review or investigation under this policy. This protection extends to those whose allegations are made in good faith but prove to be mistaken. NAMM and the NAMM Foundation reserve the right to discipline persons who make bad faith, knowingly false, or vexatious complaints, reports or inquiries or who otherwise abuse this policy.
3. Where to report. Complaints, reports or inquiries may be made under this policy on a confidential or anonymous basis.They should describe in detail the specific facts demonstrating the bases for the complaints, reports or inquiries. They should be directed to NAMM’s and the NAMM Foundation’s chief employed executive or Chairman of the Board of Directors; if both of those persons are implicated in the complaint, report or inquiry, it should be directed to NAMM’s and the NAMM Foundation’s director of administration. NAMM and the NAMM Foundation will conduct a prompt, discreet, and objective review or investigation. Staff or volunteers must recognize that NAMM and the NAMM Foundation may be unable to fully evaluate a vague or general complaint, report or inquiry that is made anonymously.