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Dated: 10, October 2023 (Ver. 1.0)

1.    Purpose

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Policy of Ashlar establishes the organization’s commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace that values diversity, promotes equity, and ensures that every individual feels respected and supported. This policy outlines the principles, responsibilities, and initiatives to create a workplace culture that embraces and celebrates diversity.

2.    Scope

This policy applies to all employees, contractors, clients, and stakeholders associated with Ashlar. It governs all aspects of employment, including recruitment, training, development, promotions, and interactions within the organization.

3.    Policy Statement

Ashlar is committed to creating and maintaining a workplace that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve. We believe in promoting equity and inclusion, valuing the unique perspectives and contributions of each individual. Discrimination, harassment, and bias will not be tolerated.

4.    Core Principles

4.1. Diversity:

Ashlar recognizes and embraces the diversity of our workforce, including but not limited to differences in race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, and cultural backgrounds.

4.2.  Equity:

We are committed to providing equal opportunities for all employees, ensuring fair treatment, and addressing systemic barriers to promote equity at every level of the organization.

4.3. Inclusion:

Ashlar values an inclusive environment where every individual feels a sense of belonging, is heard, and can contribute their unique perspectives without fear of discrimination.

5.    Responsibilities

5.1. Leadership Commitment:

The leadership team at Ashlar is responsible for championing diversity, equity, and inclusion, embedding these principles into the organizational culture, and fostering an inclusive workplace.

5.2 Employee Commitment:

Every employee is expected to actively contribute to a diverse and inclusive workplace by respecting differences, promoting collaboration, and challenging bias and discrimination.

5.2. Human Resources:

The Human Resources department is responsible for implementing and monitoring DEI initiatives, ensuring fair hiring practices, and providing resources for employee education and development.

6.    Recruitment and Hiring

6.1. Diverse Talent Pool:

Ashlar is committed to attracting a diverse talent pool through inclusive recruitment practices, partnerships, and outreach efforts.

6.2. Equal Opportunity Employment:

Employment decisions, including hiring, promotion, and compensation, are based on merit, qualifications, and job-related criteria, without regard to race, gender, religion, or other protected characteristics.

7.    Training and Education

7.1. Educational Programs:

Ashlar will provide ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion training for all employees to foster awareness and understanding.

7.2. Leadership Development:

Leadership training will emphasize the importance of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within teams and across the organization.

8.    Inclusive Workplace Practices

8.1. Flexible Work Arrangements:

Ashlar supports flexible work arrangements to accommodate diverse needs and promote work-life balance.

8.2. Accessibility:

We are committed to providing accessible facilities and technology to ensure that all employees can fully participate in the workplace.

9.    Reporting Merchanism

9.1.  Reporting Discrimination or Bias:

Ashlar encourages employees to report any incidents of discrimination, harassment, or bias through established reporting mechanisms, ensuring prompt and confidential investigation.

10. Continuous Improvement

10.1. Monitoring and Evaluation:

Ashlar will regularly monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and make adjustments as necessary.

10.2. Feedback Mechanism:

Employees are encouraged to provide feedback on the DEI initiatives, contributing to the continuous improvement of workplace practices.

11. Conclusion

This Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy reflects Ashlar’s commitment to fostering a workplace where diversity is celebrated, equity is promoted, and inclusion is valued.