Whistleblower policy

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This policy is maintained by the Wikimedia Foundation to apply to Foundation activities.

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Employee Protection (Whistleblower) Policy

If any employee reasonably believes that some policy, practice, or activity of Wikimedia Foundation Inc is in violation of law, a written complaint must be filed by that employee with the Executive Director, to the Chair of the Board of Trustees, or to the Chair of the Audit Committee.

It is the intent of Wikimedia Foundation Inc to adhere to all laws and regulations that apply to the organization and the underlying purpose of this policy is to support the organization’s goal of legal compliance. The support of all employees is necessary to achieving compliance with various laws and regulations. An employee is protected from retaliation only if the employee brings the alleged unlawful activity, policy, or practice to the attention of Wikimedia Foundation Inc and provides the organization with a reasonable opportunity to investigate and correct the alleged unlawful activity. The protection described below is only available to employees that comply with this requirement.

Wikimedia Foundation Inc will not retaliate against an employee who in good faith, has made a protest or raised a complaint against some practice of Wikimedia Foundation Inc, or of another individual or entity with whom Wikimedia Foundation Inc has a business relationship, on the basis of a reasonable belief that the practice is in violation of law, or a clear mandate of public policy.

Wikimedia Foundation Inc will not retaliate against employees who disclose or threaten to disclose to a manager or a public body, any activity, policy, or practice of Wikimedia Foundation Inc that the employee reasonably believes is in violation of a law, or a rule, or regulation mandated pursuant to law or is in violation of a clear mandate or public policy concerning the health, safety, welfare, or protection of the environment.


My signature below indicates my receipt and understanding of this policy. I also verify that I have been provided with an opportunity to ask questions about the policy.

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