Whistleblowing Policy

General Statement of Policy

The DesignSingapore Council (Dsg) does not tolerate any impropriety, including corruption/bribery, fraud and unlawful conduct, by officers and/or business partners.

Objectives and Process

To provide a framework for officers employed under Dsg  and the public to report on observed improprieties that involve officer(s) of Dsg  and/or business partner(s), without fear of reprisals.

Dsg treats all allegations seriously.  Depending on the nature of the concern raised or information provided, investigation will be conducted, and all findings are reported to the Audit Committee.

Protection and Confidentiality

The identity of the whistleblower, the alleged party and information pertaining to the report will be kept confidential, unless as required by the law to reveal to parties such as lawyers, the police or investigators. 

Whistleblowers are strongly encouraged to provide their names and contact numbers to facilitate investigations.

Reporting Channels

Please provide the following information, if applicable:

  • Your contact information;
  • Name(s) of person(s)/company(ies) the report relates to;
  • Address of the reported company(ies);
  • Your relationship with the reported person(s)/company(ies);
  • The type of impropriety(ies) reported;
  • Name(s) of person(s)/company(ies) involved;
  • Has management been informed (if yes, please provide the notification date and contact information of the person notified);
  • Detailed description of the incident (including date, time, location, methods and action/ behaviour);
  • Period of time the impropriety had been perpetuated;
  • When the incident is expected to recur;
  • Physical evidence and any other information that may substantiate the incident.

Types of Improprieties

 Reportable improprieties include the following:

  1. Corruption/bribery is the receiving, asking for, offering, promising or giving any gratification to induce a person or be induced to do a favour with a corrupt intent. Types of gratification include but not limited to money, sexual favours, properties, promises and services. Favours could come in the form of seeking confidential information, leniency, special privileges and contracts.
  2. Fraud is any illegal act characterized by deceit, concealment, or violation of trust. They are perpetrated to obtain money, property or services; to avoid payment or loss of services; or to secure personal or business advantage. Common examples of fraud include asset misappropriations, forgery and misuse of information acquired in the course of employment.
  3. Unlawful Conduct includes all forms of illegal behaviour such as drug sale or use, violence or threatened violence, criminal damage against property, sexual harassment, money laundering, and terrorism financing.

For allegation of corrupt practices, please report to the Police or Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) at 1800-376-0000.

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