Last Updated: November, 2021
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of Global Upside Corporation and its subsidiaries, globally (collectively, the “Company”). Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and achievements as well. We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.
As part of this policy, we are committed to a workplace culture that values and promotes diversity, inclusion, equal employment opportunities, and a work environment free of harassment and hostility. This includes:
- Applying principles of equity and social justice to achieve equal employment opportunities for qualified individuals of all backgrounds.
- Attracting, recruiting, retaining, engaging, supporting, developing, and advancing underrepresented and diverse employees, including women, people of color, LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and agender) individuals, and any other underrepresented employees.
- Promoting respectfulness, cultural awareness, and inclusivity by:
- fostering a collaborative work environment in which all employees participate and contribute;
- empowering and providing a safe space for all employees to express themselves, exchange ideas, and feel heard; and
- encouraging employees to be open and curious about others’ experiences and perspectives.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are related and equally important concepts. Diversity includes but is not limited to differences in race, ethnicity, sex, gender, sexual orientation or identity, disability, religion, age, national origin, military or veteran status, and other immutable or legally protected characteristics. Diversity also includes differences in backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, thoughts, interests, and ideas. Whereas diversity refers to all the many ways that people differ, equity is about creating fair access, opportunity, and advancement for all employees. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status. Inclusion means ensuring that all employees are valued, heard, engaged, and involved at work and have full opportunities to collaborate, contribute, and grow professionally.
All leaders, managers, and employees play a role in making the Company a diverse, equitable, and inclusive place to work for everyone. Please read this policy carefully and openly and make every effort to understand the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion and the ways we can accomplish these objectives together.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team
To support and effectuate the objectives of this policy, the Company has established a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team to coordinate and implement plans and programs regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team will be comprised of individuals ranging from executives to employees as determined by the Company from time to time.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Goals and Action Items
The Company is committed to developing and implementing programs and initiatives to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas of employment. As part of this commitment, some of the programs and plans the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team has developed include:
- Annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Awareness Training
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Courses
- Diversity Day
- Employee Resource Groups to learn more about and participate in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and opportunities, contact the Chief Executive Officer.
The Company recognizes that we must continue to challenge ourselves to ensure these values are upheld. The Company is committed to evaluating existing programs and adapting or introducing new initiatives as our diversity, equity, and inclusion goals evolve.
The Company and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team always welcome suggestions from employees about how we can be more inclusive and equitable and address and improve diversity issues. If you have any comments, concerns, or suggestions, please contact a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team. The Company prohibits retaliation against employees for making good faith suggestions or complaints regarding the Company’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
Administration of This Policy
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team is responsible for the administration of this policy. If you have any questions regarding this policy or if you have questions about diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives that are not addressed in this policy, please contact DE&I@globalupside.com.
In support of the above policy, the Company expressly prohibits any form of discrimination, harassment or bullying. It is the responsibility of each employee to respect the rights of coworkers. Employees should report any problems to their supervisor or Human Resources (IntlHR@globalupside.com).
Failure to comply with this Policy may be grounds for disciplinary actions, up to and including termination.