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Anti-Harassment Policy and Code of Conduct

We believe that any rules which stand a chance of reinforcing the most appropriate, fostering mutual respect, and empathetic culture of relating with people should always be on top of mind amid any professional or non-professional circumstances.

 

At Innovation Nest, we are committed to providing a work environment free of sexual harassment and any other form of unlawful harassment, bias, intimidation or discrimination. We firmly believe that a positive and safe work environment is extremely important for the well-being of the company and all of its employees. We want to create a welcoming and inclusive work culture and spread our practises among the VC network to encourage the respect everyone deserves. In order to do that, we prepared this Anti-Harassment Policy and Code of Conduct that underlines the basic rules for upholding the appropriate behaviour and making VC more diverse.

We encourage open dialogue and are committed to vigorously addressing any complaints at all levels within Innovation Nest. This Anti-Harassment Policy and Code of Conduct also applies with respect to interactions with employees of our portfolio companies and portfolio funds, in meetings with entrepreneurs and fund managers outside of the portfolio, and at any event where an employee is representing Innovation Nest. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against any employee responsible for breaching this policy and might be taken irrespectively of both the severity of violation and the fact it has been due to poor judgement of the employee at question.

If you want to tell us about your concerns, make a complaint or simply want to talk to us about those issues, please contact us at: report@innovationnest.com or speak directly with any member of the management staff. We will do our utmost to always make time for you and address every concern raised.

Below, we briefly explain what is against our policy and what we all should try to avoid to make everyone feel welcome, appreciated and at ease.

 

What is harassment?

Harassment is any form of unwelcome words, deeds, actions, gestures or behaviours that make someone feel uncomfortable, including, but not limited to, unwelcome slurs, jokes, or verbal, graphic, or physical conduct relating to an individual's race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy, physical disability, mental disability, age, medical condition or sexual orientation.

 

What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment means any unwanted, unwelcome or uninvited behaviour of a sexual nature which a reasonable person in the circumstances would find humiliating, intimidating or offensive. Sexual harassment does not have to be repeated or ongoing and it can take many forms, from sexual comments to actual physical violence, like:

  • sexual or sexually suggestive comments, jokes, insults, metaphors, pranks or gestures;
  • discussing the sexual attractiveness or exploits of yourself or others, even if intended to be a compliment;
  • unsolicited comments on someone’s body to them or to others, even if intended to be a compliment;
  • sending obscene letters, notes, emails, text messages, photographs, cartoons, articles, or other written or pictorial materials of a sexual natures;
  • unsolicited comments on someone’s self-presentation (dress, shoes, makeup, hair) that are sexually suggestive;
  • repeated requests for dates, drinks, or other personal contact, after being informed that interest is unwelcome;
  • sexual coercion under threat of punishment, including defamation, firing, negative reviews, or impeding investment;
  • rape.
 

What is discrimination?

Discrimination means treating any employee or individual differently or unfairly because of the characteristics like race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy, physical disability, mental disability, age, medical condition or sexual orientation. Innovation Nest’s intention is to treat everyone fairly and equally, especially when it comes to recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, discipline, compensation, benefits, and termination of employment.

Those are just basic examples of actions that could adversely affect work environment. There are more. We do not want to limit ourselves as this policy should serve as a base and a starting point for a discussion that in our opinion is extremely important. We want to have conversations because not everything is black or white and we believe it is important to always listen to both sides of a story. But we are here to listen - so if you have anything to say, you know that you can count on us to be there for you.

If you see or experience something that does not feel right or makes you uncomfortable, please speak up. We hope that together we can create the best working conditions possible!

 

Innovation Nest Team

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