Follow-up on a Report

About NAVEX Global and EthicsPoint™

NAVEX Global’s goal is to ensure that you can communicate issues and concerns associated with illegal, unethical, or inappropriate conduct safely and honestly with an organization's management. We strive to make reporting issues and concerns as straightforward and uncomplicated as possible. The EthicsPoint™ tool will guide you through the process while maintaining your confidentiality and, if you choose, anonymity at each step.

How to Submit a Report Using EthicsPoint™

To submit an online report:

  1. Select the country in which you are located, the country in which the violation took place, and the category of your relationship to the foundation.
  2. Instructions to make a report by phone will display for users who do not wish to use this web portal.
  3. Click on the Violation Category that best describes the conduct you are reporting.
  4. Review and agree to the EthicsPoint Terms and Conditions and review and accept the foundation’s Supplemental Privacy Notice for Reporters of Improper Conduct.
  5. Complete the reporting form.
  6. Create a password and record the report key you are assigned. Your password and report key will enable you to follow-up on your report.

Make a Report

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.

Welcome

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is committed to acting lawfully, ethically, and with integrity. We encourage you to raise concerns and thank you for taking the time to visit this site.

Purpose

The purpose of this site is to provide information and tools for reporting possible illegal, unethical, or improper conduct, as outlined in the foundation’s Code of Conduct. Use of this site is voluntary and those who report illegal or improper conduct will be protected from retaliation.

Reporting Options

  1. If you think an employee or partner (such as a grantee or contractor) of the foundation may have violated our Code of Conduct, you may discuss the issue directly with the person or people involved, a foundation people manager, or a member of the foundation’s Human Resources, Legal, or Assurance and Risk Management teams.
  2. If direct discussions do not resolve the matter or are not possible, you can speak to any of the following individuals, who are familiar, and committed to ensuring compliance, with the foundation’s Code of Conduct:
    • Connie Collingsworth, Chief Business Operations Officer and General Counsel
    • Sue Desmond-Hellmann, Chief Executive Officer
    • Pallavi Wahi, external legal counsel at K&L Gates
    • Elmar Vinh-Thomas, Director, Assurance and Enterprise Risk Management
  3. If you feel you cannot discuss the matter with anyone at the foundation or the foundation’s external legal counsel, you may submit a report to NAVEX Global through its EthicsPoint™ online and phone-based reporting system.

In some countries, regulations restrict how a service may be used to report concerns. For example, local laws may:

  • Limit the topic of concern to certain areas of compliance such as anti-bribery, auditing and accounting, banking, and financial matters
  • Prohibit anonymous reports
  • Disallow reports concerning foundation personnel except employees in key or management functions

Accordingly, the foundation may be limited in its ability to respond to a report submitted through EthicsPoint™ depending on the country of your location or where the reported conduct took place.