Ethics Protocols
Reporting        Response        Redress

The Whistleblower Policy covers the following incidents of wrong-doings:

Aurat Foundation will entertain and deal with any complaint, received through any means as highlighted on this page, in accordance with principles, rules and procedures laid down in the Whistleblower Policy. The Whistleblower Policy covers the following perceived situations/complaints/wrong-doings:

  • Fraud – such as theft or misuse of AF’s funds or other resources by an employee or a  third party; falsification of costs or expenses; forgery or alteration of documents; destruction or removal of documents; paying of excessive prices or fees to third parties with the aim of personal gain;
  • General malpractice – such as illegal or unethical conduct (including where someone’s health & safety has been put in danger);
  • Gross misconduct – such as blackmail, extortion or physical abuse;
  • Infractions of AF’s policies, including the Conflict of Interest Policy;
  • Infractions of applicable laws.

Dealing with Malicious Whistleblowing

All whistleblowing disclosures made to the Ethics Committee will be treated as confidential, unless the Committee concludes that the allegations were malicious, mala fide or not in good faith.

Examples of malicious whistleblowing include, but are not limited to, allegations that are based on:

  • Misogyny (e.g. not wanting to report to, or work with, a member of the opposite sex)
  • Religious or cultural beliefs
  • Hearsay
  • Personal dislike or dispute
  • Documents that are either subject to forgery (e.g. email threads, photocopies etc.) or lie outside the legal ambit (e.g. telephone transcripts obtained from phone companies without a warrant)