Projects and stories at Global Ground Media and Global Ground Foundation are funded through donations and grants which may be derived from public funding. We are committed to protecting the (public) funds that have been entrusted to us. Therefore, we wish to be perceived as opposed to fraud and corruption.
The term fraud is commonly used to describe a wide range of misconducts including theft, corruption, embezzlement, bribery, forgery, misrepresentation, collusion, money laundering and concealment of material facts.
The Convention on the Protection of the European Communities’ Financial Interests lists examples of fraud in respect to expenditure defined by an intentional act or omission:
- the use or presentation of false, incorrect or incomplete statements or documents which has as its effect the misappropriation or wrongful retention of funds;
- non-disclosure of information in violation of a specific obligation with the same effect;
- or the misapplication of such funds for purposes other than those for which they were intended.
The boards of Global Ground Media and Global Ground Foundation have adopted a zero-tolerance policy to fraud.
We have identified the most likely areas for fraud to occur in our projects and have set up robust control systems, measures and procedures to follow up on all suspected cases that will be brought to us.
The board expects all employees, freelance contractors and representatives of Global Ground Media and Global Ground Foundation to be an example in ensuring adherence to legal requirements, regulations, codes of conduct, procedures and practices.
Through this anti-fraud policy we put forward our intention:
- to promote a culture which deters fraudulent activity;
- to facilitate the prevention and detection of fraud;
- to develop procedures which will aid in the investigation of fraud and related offences and which will ensure that such cases are dealt in a timely and appropriate manner.
The responsibility for an anti-fraud culture is the joint work of all those involved in the projects and stories by Global Ground Media and Global Ground Foundation.
We therefore also encourage all partners, contractors, employees, or the public to do their utmost to prevent fraud from happening, to put into place proportionate measures to detect it and to come forward with any suspicion of fraud in relation to our projects and stories.
If you wish to report suspicion of fraud, please send relevant information to the following email address: anrike.visser(at)globalgroundmedia[dot]com, which is accessed by the owner and board member of Global Ground Media and Global Ground Foundation.
Version: August 2019
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