Whistleblowig and Non-Retaliation Policy
All Cognizant employees are expected to uphold this, Policy. This includes all directors, officers, and employees worldwide as well as all Cognizant business units and subsidiaries, and joint ventures over which Cognizant has operational control (collectively “Associates”).
Local law may require modifications to the scope, applicability, and requirements of this Policy. Certain differences are reflected in country-specific Whistleblower and Non-Retaliation policies on Cognizant’s Global Corporate Policies website.
At Cognizant, we promote a speak-up culture that depends on our Associates raising questions and concerns so that appropriate actions can be taken. Reports of suspected improper activity will be investigated and treated confidentially to the fullest extent possible. Reports can be made anonymously where local law permits.
Under no circumstances will Cognizant tolerate retaliation against someone for reporting a concern in good faith, even if an investigation finds no violation of company policy or law.
Associates must understand and comply with the following:
- If you suspect a possible violation of the Code of Ethics, company policies, or law, report it using one of the channels outlined below.
- If you receive such a report, do not conduct your own investigation. Refer to Ethics & Compliance promptly to be addressed by a trained Cognizant investigator.
- Do not retaliate against a person who reports a suspected violation or cooperates with an investigation.
- Retaliation is broadly defined as any adverse action taken against someone because he or she has reported a concern or participated in an investigation.
- If you feel you are experiencing retaliation for making a report or cooperating with an investigation, contact the Ethics & Compliance Helpline or Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer immediately.
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Report a suspected violation of the Code of Ethics, Cognizant policies, or law using the following channels:
- Cognizant Ethics & Compliance Helpline (you may submit your report online or by telephone, and you may remain anonymous).
- To any member of Cognizant Ethics & Compliance.
- To the Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer mailbox.
- To any member of Human Resources.
- If you are based in the EU, you are entitled to an in-person meeting with your HR Country Lead to report whistleblower concerns confidentially.
- By mail to:
Cognizant Technology Solutions
Attn: Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer
Glenpointe Centre West
300 Frank W. Burr Boulevard
Suite 36, 6th Floor
Teaneck, New Jersey 07666
Nothing in this Policy precludes any Associate from reporting a suspected violation of law to the government or from cooperating in any government investigation. If you have questions about how to do so, you may direct them to the Legal Department or our Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer.
Cognizant takes violations of this Policy, including protection from retaliation of those who make reports, very seriously. Violations could result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination (subject to local laws and regulations).
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|Jan-01-2017||Initial Release of Policy|
Complete update of policy content.
Incorporated critical links to related procedures and other resources
|Oct-01-2020||Updated to include reference to country-specific versions of this policy|
Policy Control Information
Policy Name: Whistleblower and Non-Retaliation Policy
Revision Date: April-11-2023
Policy Owner: Marc Levin, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer
Department: Ethics & Compliance
Effective Date: Jan-01-2017