Reporting of concerns (whistleblowing) is to report possible illegal, or suspected illegal, actions and violations of Mer’s Code of Conduct. Examples of violations include, but are not limited to corruption, embezzlement, bullying, harassment, discrimination, incidents related to health and safety, substance abuse and violations of environmental and human rights.
We acknowledge identifying and preventing violation of laws, regulations and our Code of Conduct depends on the willingness of employees and external parties to report concerns. Employees have the right and responsibility to report concerns. External parties, and employees of associated companies, are also encouraged to report concerns they become aware of.
Mer encourages everyone to report any concern they become aware of. Both employees and external parties may use our whistleblowing channel. However, we do encourage our staff to discuss their concerns with their line management first if they feel able.
Reports of concern can be made to Mer’s independent Whistleblowing Channel, which is handled by KPMG AS. This can be accessed in four possible ways:
When reporting a concern through the whistleblowing channel a reporter may choose to report anonymously. When reporting anonymously we encourage whistleblowers to use KPMG’s online and secure reporting channel and follow the instructions contained therein.
Mer’s principles for handling of any reports of concerns are: