Agriteam’s Whistleblower Policy

 

1.1 Purpose

 

The following Whistleblower Policy has been established to provide guidance to Agriteam Canada Consulting Ltd. employees and sub-contractors on how to deal with known or suspected improper conduct within the organization. The objectives of this Policy are to:

  • Create awareness of the Policy and available whistleblower protections
  • Act as a reference guide to potential whistleblowers wishing to make a disclosure
  • Define the structure of the whistleblower system, including reporting and investigation procedures, whistleblower protections, and confidentiality, among others
  • Improve the communication and transparency in the processes associated with whistleblowing and assure protection against derogatory consequences, namely reprisals and detrimental action
  • Complement the current communication channels between employees, sub-contractors and immediate managers, and hierarchical channels flowing to the President and Senior Management team
  • Provide guidance to all parties involved in either whistleblowing or whistleblower protection.

 

1.2 Scope

 

Agriteam requires all employees and sub-contractors to observe high standards of business and personal ethics in the conduct of their duties and responsibilities. All employees and sub-contractors of Agriteam are required to comply with applicable laws and regulations of Canada and the countries where we operate. Any allegations of known or suspected improper conduct or mismanagement of organizational resources will be dealt with in accordance with this Policy, and reasonable steps will be taken to protect those who come forward with allegations.

Agriteam’s Whistleblower Policy covers both internal and external whistleblowing, and establishes the controls and procedures for dealing with allegations of malpractice, fraud and violations of our code of ethics and/or laws or regulations that govern our operations.

This Policy is intended to encourage employees and sub-contractors to report known or suspected improper conduct or mismanagement of organizational resources and to enable Agriteam’s Senior Management team to address and correct inappropriate action.

It is the responsibility of all Board of Directors’ members, the Senior Management team, employees and sub-contractors to report concerns about known or suspected malpractice, fraud and violations of our code of ethics and/or laws or regulations that govern our operations.

This Policy is applicable to all employees and sub-contractors of Agriteam Canada Consulting Ltd.

 

1.3 Reporting Procedures

 

Agriteam recognizes the value of transparency and accountability in its administrative and management practices and supports the making of disclosures that reveal improper conduct or mismanagement of organizational resources.

Our internal controls and operating procedures are intended to detect and prevent malpractice, fraud and violations of our code of ethics and/or laws or regulations that govern our operations. As detailed in Agriteam’s Employee Policy and Onboarding manuals, employees and sub-contractors are encouraged to share complaints and/or concerns regarding ethical or legal violations with their immediate managers. If the employee or sub-contractor is not comfortable speaking with their immediate manager or is not satisfied with the response, they are encouraged to speak with the Gatineau or Calgary Office Managers, the Vice Presidents or, as required, the Chief Financial Officer.

All members of the Senior Management team are required to report complaints and/or concerns about suspected ethical or legal violations in writing to Agriteam’s Ethics Committee who has the responsibility to investigate all reported complaints and/or concerns. In the event that the complaint and/or concern is about the President, it should be raised by the employee or sub-contractor to their immediate manager or the Ethics Committee who will determine how the investigation will proceed.

All reports will be promptly investigated and appropriate corrective measures will be taken if warranted by the investigation. Agriteam’s Ethics Committee is responsible for acknowledging receipt of the suspected violation and notifying the whistleblower of the outcome of the investigation.

Anyone filing a written complaint concerning suspected improper conduct or mismanagement of organizational resources must be acting in good faith and have reasonable grounds for believing the information disclosed indicates a violation. Personal grievances or complaints related to employment are not covered under Agriteam’s Whistleblowing Policy. For cases such as this, employees and sub-contractors are advised to first refer to Agriteam’s Employee Policy and Onboarding manuals when considering a disclosure under the Whistleblowing Policy. Any allegations that prove not to be substantiated and which prove to have been made maliciously or knowingly to be false will be viewed as a serious disciplinary offense.

 

1.4 Confidentiality

 

Maintaining confidentiality is crucial to ensure reprisals are not made against the whistleblower. Agriteam is committed to safeguarding the identity of the whistleblower and to protecting the whistleblower against detrimental action taken in reprisal for allegations of suspected improper conduct or mismanagement of organizational resources. The Ethics Committee is responsible for ensuring whistleblowers are protected from direct and indirect detrimental action, and that the culture of the workplace is supportive of suspected allegations being made. Any employee who retaliates against someone who has reported a violation in good faith is subject to discipline up to and including termination of employment.

 

1.5 Review

 

Agriteam is committed to implementing ‘best practice’ policies and procedures for dealing with allegations of suspected improper conduct or mismanagement of organizational resources (as defined by this Policy) and the management and protection of whistleblowers making allegation(s).

This Policy will be reviewed periodically to ensure it meets the objectives of relevant legislation and remains effective for Agriteam, and may be changed at the discretion of the Board of Directors at any time.

For allegations of fraud, securities law, or human rights concerns, or when you are not satisfied or uncomfortable with following the Company’s open door policy, individuals should contact the Company’s Ethics Committee directly.