January 13, 2010
Parish Leadership Forum in September 2009, we announced that the
was preparing to implement a service for reporting financial fraud and
EthicsPoint was selected to provide us with a confidential method to hear
suggestions, concerns or the report of misconduct. EthicsPoint allows
volunteers, parishioners, vendors and other interested parties to
concerns regarding a wide range of suspected unethical behavior by
officers, directors, employees, volunteers, staff, agents or contractors of
Diocese. EthicsPoint is already used in multiple (arch)dioceses in the United
including Chicago and Monterey.
We are pleased to
announce that we have implemented EthicsPoint this month
and it is now available
for you to use. EthicsPoint accepts reports of financial
misconduct through its website,
or its hotline telephone number 1-888-325-7863.
EthicsPoint provides a
complete report to the Diocese of San Jose, which is tasked to review, give
feedback and resolve the reported issues. Through this
comprehensive, open and
methodical report management system, the person
who is concerned, the
experienced diocesan manager who investigates the
reported issue and the
Diocesan Leadership Team - view, communicate and follow up on the report by logging back into the
system or calling EthicsPoint and use the assigned case number for updates.
By sharing access to the report and its documentation and resolution,
accountability increases at all locations for all
people and furthers the
our ability to secure all that is entrusted to our care.
reporting person requests anonymity, that will be provided to allow the
individual to act without fear of retaliation. This is not a change of current
policy and practice, which already allows for investigation of anonymous
complaints. We are also bound by civil and ecclesiastical law to investigate
allegations - even if made anonymously - if they involve issues of morality. It
is important to emphasize that this process in no way changes or replaces any
existing lay or clergy personnel policies, nor the Whistleblower policy
currently in place.
While we are confident
that the stewardship of our resources is handled honestly and competently by
the overwhelming majority of our clergy, employees and institutions, we are
nevertheless committed to responsible oversight. We want to hear from you
and your employees or parishioners about any concerns that you have regarding
the mismanagement of parish and school property, including cash and all other
assets and any apparent disregard of policies pertaining to the proper management
of these assets.
you have any questions about EthicsPoint or reporting concerns, please contact
Teresa Conville, DSJ Compliance and Parish Financial Services Director at
408-983-0241 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chief Financial Officer
Diocese of San Jose