External Whistleblowing System

Last updated 30/01/2023

As part of its commitment to strengthen its ethical commitments and to provide tools accessible to all to report a situation that is inappropriate or does not comply with our principles or applicable laws and regulations, Stuart has created this whistleblowing system available to all stakeholders (users, customers, suppliers, subcontractors, unions, NGOs, etc.). 

What is a Whistleblowing system? 

A whistleblowing System is a mechanism placed at the disposal of Stuart’s employees and stakeholders for reporting actions or behaviors that may compromise individuals’ integrity and/or rights, that may affect Stuart activity, and/or create serious liability (health and safety, environment, human rights, individual rights, privacy. etc.).

When should I use the Whistleblowing system?

When you witness or are aware of a behavior or actions that you believe to be misconduct, illegal and not in line with ethics standard and principles, as well as all other violations of laws and regulations or any incident relating to : Fraud, Data protection, Human rights (including Modern Slavery and Human trafficking), Anti Corruption and Anti Bribery, Environment, Antitrust, Harassment, Tax evasion, Health & Security, International sanctions, Discrimination, any crime, etc…

Who is concerned ?

This alert system is intended for all Stuart stakeholders who are victims or witnesses of an incident or behavior as listed above : any third party involved with Stuart, users, subcontractors, suppliers, partners, clients, end-consumers, unions, NGOs, etc…

An internal Whistleblowing channel is also in place to facilitate the communication of irregular behavior within Stuart itself, its employees, or third parties that have some relationship with the company.

How does it work?

You can report the breach or incident to​ the dedicated email address : ethics@stuart.com.
Stuart provides a confidential reporting line where you can raise your concerns and be assured they will be fully addressed. Alerts are handled by the Ethics Officer, or the Chief Compliance Officer, and any Authorised person (Any Stuart employee or external service provider formally authorised to receive, be aware of, and process an alert), if necessary.
It is recommended that you identify yourself in order to facilitate the exchange of additional information, to facilitate the review of the Alert and to ensure your protection against possible retaliation.
To understand how the alert will be handled by the Ethics Officer, or the Chief Compliance Officer, please consult the Procedure.

How are the whistleblower and the other persons concerned protected?

Confidentiality and integrity of information relating to the Alert

In order to protect the identity of the whistleblower and the information relating to the Alert, any information relating to an alert communicated by the whistleblower must be: 

  • strictly confidential; and
  • protected with regards to its integrity. 

To guarantee this confidentiality and integrity, the persons authorised to have access to the information :

  • are limited in number, to the strict minimum;
  • are formally authorised to read and treat the Alert; 
  • have, due to their position within Stuart or otherwise due to their status, the competence, authority and sufficient means to carry out their tasks; 
  • are able to demonstrate their impartiality and do not present in a conflict of interest; and
  • have received proper training.

The identity of the person(s) targeted by the Alert shall also be protected in this respect.

Protection against retaliation

Any person involved directly or not to the Alert or the whistleblower may benefit from protection against retaliation.

Any type of retaliation in response to an Alert is prohibited, including threats or attempts at retaliation. 

Protection against retaliation also protects the concerned individuals from legal action and possible prosecution based on information relating to their Alert.

Stuart has a zero-tolerance policy for retaliation. Any person directly or indirectly engaging in retaliation against protected persons shall be subject to disciplinary and/or legal action. 

Some cases are excluded from protection. You can consult the Procedure to know more.

Right to Alert

When they become aware of a wrongful act, any person concerned by this Procedure is free to file an Alert or not. Failure to file an Alert shall not lead to any sanction.

When using the Whistleblowing system in good faith, you are not at risk of any penalty whatsoever, even if the facts prove to be inaccurate or do not result in any action being taken. If an employee believes himself to be subject to pressure for using the warning device, the employee must report it.

Protection of personal data

Information on the processing of information relating to a natural person that can be used to identify, directly or indirectly said person is available on the Stuart website.

As a reminder, personal Data – whether it concerns the whistleblower, the person targeted by the Alert or any person identified in connection with the Alert or its handling – may be processed within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation.

These persons shall have a right of access, rectification, opposition, where possible, and erasure of their Personal Data. Persons whose Personal Data is thus processed may exercise their rights by contacting gdpr@stuart.com.

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