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EthicsPoint is NOT a 911 or Emergency Service:
Do not use this site to report events presenting an immediate threat to life or property. Reports submitted through this service may not receive an immediate response. If you require emergency assistance, please contact your local authorities.

Providing anonymous, confidential hotlines for organizations worldwide.

EthicsPoint's goal is to ensure that you can communicate issues and concerns associated with unethical or illegal activities safely and honestly with an organization's management or the board of directors while maintaining your anonymity and confidentiality. EthicsPoint is Safe Harbor Certified through the United States Department of Commerce as a hotline provider having security measures in place to address EU privacy initiatives and other global privacy directives.

We strive to make reporting issues and concerns as straightforward and uncomplicated as possible. The following web pages will guide you through the process while maintaining your confidentiality and anonymity at each step. Follow these steps to submit your report:

  1. Enter the name of the organization for which you are submitting a report and select the correct option
  2. Click on the Violation Category that best describes the issue you are reporting
  3. Agree to the "Terms and Conditions" then complete the form
  4. Before submitting your report, create a password to follow-up on your report.

After submitting your report, you'll be assigned a report key. Your password and report key allow you to follow-up on your report.

Welcome to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Ethics Reporting Web site

The foundation has partnered with EthicsPoint, an anonymous reporting service, to provide its employees and partners such as grantees, vendors and other third parties a confidential way to report issues that raise ethical concerns.

We expect all foundation employees and those who do business with the foundation to maintain high ethical standards. In addition, our grantee partner commitment includes quality interactions, clear and consistent communications and opportunities for feedback (including our comment box on the foundation’s website).

If you feel an employee of the foundation or colleague such as a coworker, grantee, vendor or other third party has fallen short of these expectations, you have a number of options for voicing your concern.

  1. You can discuss the issue directly with the person or people involved or your manager or any other foundation manager. A willingness to raise a difficult issue means that there is an expectation of a respectful response. The foundation has a strict "whistleblower" policy that protects those who report illegal or improper activity. If you are an employee, you can read the foundation’s retaliation policy on The Commons at any time.
  2. If direct discussions don't resolve the matter or aren't possible, you can speak to several members of our team who are thoroughly trained on our foundation-wide policies and committed to efficient resolution of concerns. This group includes:
    • Connie Collingsworth, our General Counsel
    • Sue Desmond-Hellmann, our Chief Executive Officer
    • Chris Carletti, our external legal counsel at K&L | Gates
    • Elmar Vinh-Thomas, our Director of Assurance and Enterprise Risk Management
  3. If you feel unable to discuss the matter with anyone at the foundation or our outside counsel, you can submit a report to EthicsPoint via this page or through their hotline: (866) 294-3697. All reports submitted to EthicsPoint are completely confidential.

We appreciate your commitment to our values and mission.