Manual of Procedure

Appendix B: Whistleblower Protection Policy

Baltimore Yearly Meeting is committed to the highest ethical and legal standards. In line with this commitment and BYM’s commitment to open communication, this policy provides an avenue for members of BYM to raise concerns with reassurance that they will be protected from reprisals or victimization for reporting improper conduct such as incorrect financial reporting, unlawful activity, activities that violate BYM’s policies, or other serious improper conduct.

Any BYM member (or attender of a BYM monthly meeting) who learns of unethical or wrongful conduct within Baltimore Yearly Meeting is encouraged to report this to any of the following people for further action: the General Secretary, the Clerk of Interim Meeting, the Clerk of the Yearly Meeting, or the Clerk of Trustees.

No person will be penalized, formally or informally, or retaliated against for any such report. Harassment or victimization for reporting concerns under this policy will not be tolerated.

Every effort will be made to treat the complainant’s identity with appropriate regard for confidentiality. We encourage Friends to put their names to allegations because appropriate follow-up questions and investigation may not be possible unless the complainant is identified. Concerns expressed anonymously will be explored appropriately, but consideration will be given to the seriousness of the issue raised, the credibility of the concern, and the likelihood of confirming the allegation from attributable sources.