Managers have the responsibility to seek advice on ethical and lawful behavior according to escalation procedures, when their knowledge or mandate is not sufficient. When especially delicate or difficult matters occur, access to expertise is granted through channels both within and outside the organization.
According to the Whistleblowing policy, all individuals within the organization have authorization to report any concern about unethical or unlawful behavior. The policy is available for download on our intranet. The policy contains a statement of non-retaliation.
Employees are primarily encouraged to report through the line management, but if that is not possible, they are informed how to use the whistleblowing function. The whistleblowing function is a shared external resource used by all companies within NIBE Group. It is available to all employees, who receive information how to use the function and is to be a part of the introduction. The function makes it possible to report anonymously from anywhere, at any time and in their own language. An external party handles all reports confidentially and according to best practice.
During 2017, we received two reports, which were referred to the Group’s department for whistleblowing in 2017.
One was classed as an HR matter and managed according to the standard procedures.
The other matter was investigated and concluded within the whistleblowing system.