In order to enable effective detection of breaches, confidential channels for reporting of irregularities by so called Whistleblowers have been created, both within the Company, as well as from outside of its organisation. Persons who report irregularities and who do so in good faith and non-anonymously (Whistleblowers) are protected under the KGHM Group Procedure of Disclosing Irregularities and Protection of Whistleblowers. Anonymous reports are also accepted and followed up. The channels allow reporting without disclosing one’s personal details.
In 2019, the Procedure for Disclosing Improprieties and Protecting Whistleblowers in the KGHM Group was updated, adapting it to the requirements of the amended Act on public offerings and conditions governing the introduction of financial instruments to organised trading, and on public companies. This procedure is aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of uncovering and resolving situations related to the occurrence of improprieties representing an abuse of regulations applied in the KGHM Group, in particular the Code of Ethics of the KGHM Group, the Security Policy, the Anticorruption Policy and the Corruption Threat Prevention Procedure. In 2019, an additional channel for whistleblowers was launched – the “KGHM Ethics Line” platform available on the corporate website for both employees and third parties, including contractors and customers. The platform is available in four languages – Polish, English, Spanish and Russian. It enables the anonymous disclosure of improprieties and is an alternative channel for other forms of contact – telephone lines, email addresses and addresses for correspondence.
The charts below show the increase in Whistleblower reports in the 2018-2020 period, with events that affected the result marked on the timeline, as well as the procedure, which is followed in the event of a breach of ethical principles in the KGHM Group: