3.4 Whistleblower Policy
Scentre Group has adopted a Whistleblower Policy to ensure that any
concerns regarding unethical, unlawful or improper conduct can be
raised without fear of reprisal.
Under the policy, the Group has appointed Whistleblower Protection
Officers for Australia and New Zealand. Employees are encouraged
to report any genuine matter or behaviour that they honestly believe
contravenes the Group’s code of conduct, policies or the law. Such
matters include any actual or suspected:
– conduct or practices which are illegal;
– corrupt activities;
– theft or fraud;
– misleading or deceptive conduct of any kind; and
– harm to public health or safety or the health or safety of any Scentre
The Group has in place procedures under which all reported concerns
will be appropriately investigated. If applicable, feedback is provided
regarding the investigation’s outcome. Where no action is undertaken
in connection with a report, an explanation would be provided. Where
appropriate, a third party may be engaged to assist in the investigation.
Reports are provided on a 6 monthly basis to the Audit and Risk
Committee summarising the whistleblower activities for the period.
Neither the Trust nor the Responsible Entity have any employees or had
any employees during the financial year. During the financial year, the
operations of the Trust were undertaken by Scentre Group executives
and employees. While, as an externally managed entity, the Trust is
not required to report on diversity, Scentre Group’s diversity policy
and measures for the 2014 financial year were as outlined in Scentre
Group’s corporate governance statement in its 2014 Annual Report
which can be accessed atwww.scentregroup.com.
4. Disclosure and communication
4.1 Continuous Disclosure and Communications Policy
The Responsible Entity is committed to providing members with
comprehensive, timely and equal access to information about its
activities to enable them to make informed investment decisions.
Scentre Group’s Continuous Disclosure and Communications Policy
underlines the Board’s commitment to ensuring that the Trust’s
members and the market are provided with the same access to high
quality, relevant and accurate information regarding its activities in a
timely manner and that investors are able to trade in units in the Trust
in a market which is efficient, competitive and informed as well as
ensuring that market participants have an equal opportunity to review
and assess information disclosed by the Trust. The Responsible Entity
is also committed to complying with continuous disclosure obligations
contained in the applicable ASX Listing Rules and the Corporations Act.
The Policy includes a comprehensive vetting and authorisation process
to ensure that all disclosures are factual, do not omit material matters
and are expressed in a clear and objective manner. The Policy also
outlines how the Trust identifies and disseminates information to
members and the market generally.
The Continuous Disclosure and Communications Policy is published in
the corporate governance section of the Trust’s website.
4.2 Communications with Members
The Trust monitors and continues to utilise a range of communication
approaches including direct communications with members and
publication of all relevant member information on the Trust’s website,http://www.carindalepropertytrust.com.au/.
The Trust website forms a key part of its communication platform to
members and the broader investment community. Current and past
media releases and interim and full year financial reports are available
for review on the website. These announcements and reports continue
to be posted on the Trust’s website immediately after they have been
released to the market.
Members are encouraged to contact the Trust at any time via the
Investor Relations team.
To assist with the Trust’s commitment to the environment (as well as
being more cost efficient), members are strongly encouraged to access
the annual reports online and receive communications electronically.
A printed copy of this Annual Financial Report will only be sent to those
members who have elected to receive it. Otherwise members will be
notified when the Annual Report is available to be accessed online at
the Trust’s website.
Corporate Governance Statement (continued)