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Last Modified: 1 March 2021

Advantage Foundry Network, LLC

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Advantage Foundry Network (AFN) is an equal opportunity employer and we ensure individuals have the same opportunities for employment and promotion based on they rabiliity, qualifications, and suitability for the work. Our operations aim not only to provide value to our members, their businesses and AFN, but also to improve the quality of life of our employees, and to positively contribute to the community. To do so, we aim to create safe, respectful and inclusive place of work so our people can contribute to living our corporate values, improving our global brand and achieving sustainable business results.


This Code of Conduct defines the overriding principles as follows:

Diversity - The quality of being different or unique as an individual or group, including but not limited to age, race, religion, ethnicity, color, physical features, sex, sexual preference/orientation, gender identity expression, language differences, nationality or national origin, family or martial status, physical, mental and developmental abilities, socio-economic status, education, work and behavioral styles, political affiliation, etc. May also refer to different ways of thiniking and ways of working.

Inclusion - A strategy to leverage diversity to ensure employees have equality of opportunity in the workplace without any impediments due to diversity characteristics as stated above.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion aligns with our corporate values of Relationships, Interconnection, Learning, Execution and Joy, and is reflected in our overall Code of Conduct. The objective of this Diversity and Inclusion Code of Conduct is to articulate proper behavior and accountabilities, reinforcing respect for each other. We are committed to enforcing and evolving this code over time.

This Code of Conduct applies to interactions in our shared professional lives, including daily office encounters, shared online spaces (e.g. Workplace), social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin), conferences or other events where we represent AFN.

For Employees

Communicate respectfully with all colleagues, regardless of title or level. Be mindful of remote communication, where opportunities for misunderstanding are greater. Use video communication when it makes senes, since face-to-face discussion benefits from all social cues that may be absent with other forms of communication. Behave in a way that does not offend, intimidate, degrade, insult nor humiliate others. This includes jokes, banter, ridicule, or taunts. Be generous in both giving and accepting feedback. Feedback is an important part of our culture. Good feedback is kind, respectful, clear, and constructive and focused on goals and values rather than personal preferences. Understand na dact upon the fact that what may be acceptable to one person may not be to another. Go out of your way and across cultures to include people in casual, conversational, or work-related team interactions. Avoid stand or idioms that might not translate across cultures or be deliberate in explaining them to share our diverse cultures and languages.

Be respectful of time zones. Embrace habits that are inclusive nand productive for team members wherever they are, using asynchronous communication tools (i.e. non-real time) when practical, and devoting attention to time zones when scheduling meetings.

Challenge poor practice in others, helping to promote good practice and create change (e.g. do not ignore inappropriate banter, jokes, etc.)

Commit to self-improvement. If you are approached as having acted in a way that has offended another, listen with an open mind and do better.

For Management 

Ensure that there is no discrimination towards or against employees of diverse attributes in relation to the recruitment, renumeration, and promotion of all employees. 

Exhibit strong leadership, taking personal responsbility for progressing equality, diversity and inclusion and achieving results. Conduct regular renumeration reviews to identify any gender pay gaps. Attract and develop female talent and educate our leaders about gender equality.

Invest in the physical, mental and emotional well-being of our employees through ongoing education around inclusion and diversity initiatives. 

Encourage transparent and cooperative discussion on flexible work arrangements, where appropriate to accommodate employees needs. Exclusionary behaviors, which may include incivility, bullying and workplace violence, discriminate and isolate individuals and groups who are different, whereas inclusive behaviors encourage diversity. 

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