Introduction

Our company has adopted this Whistle Blower Policy in line with the objective of strengthening the governance mechanism and to report to the management instances of unethical behaviour, actual or suspected misconduct or fraud. This policy will also meet the requirement of the Companies Act, 2013.

  • “Audit Committee” or “Committee” means Committee constituted by the Board of Directors of the Company in accordance with section 177 of the Companies Act, 2013.
  • “Company” means GMMCO Limited its subsidiaries, joint-ventures and associate companies.
  • Designated Authority means an official who is nominated/ appointed by the Audit Committee to receive Protected Disclosures from the Whistle Blower, conduct detailed investigation of the Protected Disclosure and recommend action to the Audit Committee
  • “Fraud” includes deliberate deception to secure or attempt to secure, unfair or unlawful benefit or gain from the Company or a third party. This may include the embezzlement of Company funds or the misappropriation of Company assets in the form of money, property, data, confidential information or intellectual property.
  • “Policy” means the Whistle Blower Policy.
  • “Protected Disclosure” means any communication made in good faith under this policy that discloses or demonstrates information that may evidence unethical or improper activity, misconduct or Fraud.
  • “Whistle Blower” means any Employee or Director of the Company who makes a Protected Disclosure under this Policy.
  • Whistle Officer” or “Whistle Committee” means an individual or a Committee of persons who are nominated/ appointed by the Audit Committee to assist the Designated Authority or the audit Committee to conduct investigation of the Protected Disclosure received from the Whistle Blower. The Committee, if appointed, should include Senior Level Officers of Internal Audit and a representative of the Division/ Department where the alleged malpractice has occurred.

The Company is committed to adhere to the highest standards of ethical, moral and legal conduct of business operations. To maintain these standards, the Company encourages its employees and Directors who have concerns about suspected misconduct or fraud to come forward and express these concerns without fear of punishment or unfair treatment.

This Policy aims to provide an avenue for employees and Directors to raise concerns of any violations of legal or regulatory requirements, incorrect or misrepresentation of any financial statements and reports, improper misconduct, unethical behaviour etc

All suspected concerns/violations are to be reported to Mr. Robinson Devaprasad, Executive Vice President – HR (Designated Authority) for investigation.

Employees and Directors of the Company are eligible to make protected disclosures under this Policy The Whistle Blower’s role is to report or raise any concerns which the individual believes is an internal malpractice or wrongdoing which could affect the business or reputation of the Company. Any allegation which falls within the scope of the concerns identified below will be seriously considered and investigated.

These concerns would include but are not restricted to:-

  • Fraud
  • Financial malpractice
  • Failure to comply with legal requirements or Company policy
  • Improper conduct or unethical behaviour
  • Attempts to conceal any material facts
  • Negligence causing substantial and specific danger to public health
  • Any unlawful act whether criminal/civil
  • Colluding with third parties/associates to exploit the company
  • Wastage / misappropriation of Company Funds/assets

All suspected concerns/violations are to be reported to Mr. Robinson Devaprasad, Executive Vice President – HR (Designated Authority) for investigation.

The Contact details are:

Contact no:    044 – 30686201 / 9840703663

Email :    whistleblowing@gmmcoindia.com

Mailing Address :    Mr. Robinson Devaprasad GMMCO Limited, No. 6, GST Road, St. Thomas Mount,Alandur, Chennai – 600 016, Tamil Nadu, India.

Protected Disclosures should preferably be reported in writing so as to ensure a clear understanding of the issues raised and should either be typed or written in a legible handwriting in English, Hindi or in the regional language of the place of employment of the Whistle Blower.

The Protected Disclosure should be forwarded under a covering letter. This shall bear the identity of the Whistle Blower.

In case the Complaint is regarding any exceptional matter or involving members of the Senior Management Team of the Company including the Key Managerial personnel, or concerning financial/accounting matters the Designated Authority shall forward the Protected Disclosure to the Chairman Audit Committee for investigation. All other Protected Disclosures shall be investigated by the Designated Authority.

The protected disclosure should be completely factual. Complete details must be elaborately discussed by the Whistle Blower to enable right and swift action.

If a Protected Disclosure is received by any executive of the Company other than the Designated authority or Audit Committee, the same should be forwarded to the Designated authority or Audit Committee for further appropriate action.

  • The Protected Disclosure raised may
    • Form the subject of an independent enquiry.
    • Be investigated internally.
    • Be referred to external auditor.
    • Be referred to the Police if required.
  • Upon receipt of a Protected Disclosure, an initial enquiry will be carried out by the Designated Authority or the Audit Committee as the case may be to decide whether an investigation is appropriate and if so, what form it should take. Some concerns may also be resolved by an agreed action without the need for investigation.
  • The Designated Authority shall report to the Audit Committee, details of all Protected Disclosures received and findings of preliminary investigation carried out by him.
  • The extent of contact between the body considering the issues and the Whistle Blower will depend on the nature of the matters raised, the potential difficulties involved and the clarity of the information provided. If necessary, further information will be sought from the Whistle Blower.
  • After the Protected Disclosure has been evaluated as above , the Designated Authority will write to the complainant : Acknowledging that the concern has been received ; Indicating how it is proposed to be dealt with ; Informing whether further investigation will take place or not.
  • If the Designated Authority or the Audit Committee as the case may be after the preliminary investigation comes to the conclusion that the matter need to be investigated in detail, the Designated Authority or the Audit Committee will proceed to investigate it further in such manner as may be decided by the Audit Committee. The Audit committee shall in appropriate cases appoint a Whistle Committee to assist the Designated authority or the Audit Committee in the preliminary and/or detailed investigation. If the alleged malpractice or wrong doing is required by law to be dealt with under any other mechanism, then the Designated Authority or the Audit Committee shall refer the Protected Disclosure to the appropriate authority under such mandated mechanism.

Subject to provisions under the heading “Untrue allegations”, no unfair treatment will be meted out to a Whistle Blower by virtue of his/her having reported a concern under this Policy. The Company, as a policy, condemns any kind of discrimination, harassment, victimization or any other unfair employment practice being adopted against Whistle Blowers.

Protection will be given to Whistle Blowers against any unfair practice like retaliation, threat or intimidation of termination/suspension of service, disciplinary action, transfer, demotion, refusal of promotion, or the like including any direct or indirect use of authority to obstruct the Whistle Blower’s right to continue to perform his duties/ functions including making further Disclosure. The Company will take steps to minimize difficulties, which the Whistle Blower may experience as a result of making the Disclosure.

The Identity of the Whistle Blower shall be kept confidential to the extent possible and permitted under law. Any Employee assisting in the said investigation shall also be protected to the same extent as the Whistle Blower.

If a Whistle Blower face any retaliatory action or threat as a result of making a Protected Disclosure he may immediately write to the Chairman of the audit Committee who will recommend appropriate steps to protect the Whistle Blower from such retaliatory action and ensure implementation of such steps for the protection of the Whistle Blower.

This Policy encourages individuals to put their name to any Disclosures they make. Disclosures expressed anonymously are much less credible, but they may be considered at the discretion of the Audit Committee. In exercising this discretion, the factors to be taken into account will include:

  • The seriousness of the issues raised
  • The credibility of the concern and
  • The likelihood of confirming the allegation from attributable sources

In making a Disclosure the individual should exercise due care to ensure the accuracy of the information. If an individual makes an allegation in good faith, which is not confirmed by subsequent investigation, no action will be taken against that individual. If however, an individual makes malicious or vexatious allegations, and particularly if he or she persists with making them despite the outcome of the investigation, the Audit Committee may recommend action against the individual.

  • Proceedings of investigation shall be conducted in a fair, unbiased manner
  • Fact finding process should be comprehensive
  • Confidentiality shall be the key word of the Audit Committee/ Designated Authority
  • Decision on the outcome of the investigation, whether an improper practice has been committed and if so by whom to be taken
  • Action to be taken has to be recommended by the committee
  • All allegations on the subject must be clearly communicated to him/her
  • The subject shall be heard by the Committee completely.
  • Outcome of the investigation shall be communicated to the subject and shall be informed in writing also.

The investigation shall be completed normally within 60days of the receipt of the concern. However in appropriate cases, the Designated Authority or the Audit Committee as the case may be, for reasons to be recorded in writing may take longer time to complete the investigation.

If the investigation is carried out by the Designated Authority, the Designated Authority shall forward its finding to the Audit Committee.

If the investigation by the Designated authority or by the Audit Committee as the case may be leads the Audit Committee to conclude that an improper or unethical act has been committed, the Audit Committee shall recommend to the management/ Board of the Company to take such disciplinary or corrective action.

All Disclosures in writing as well as all documents related to any investigation and the results of the investigation relating thereto shall be retained for a period of 7 years.

This Policy may be amended or modified in whole or in part, at any time without assigning any reason whatsoever. However, no such amendment or modification will be binding on the employees unless it has been notified to the employees by posting on the Company’s website at http://www.gmmco.in