Acter's founding values & policy on equality, diversity and inclusion.

Founding Values
Acter’s founding values are as following:

Equal, peaceful and regenerative.
Acter’s vision is to promote the drivers that bring us to an
equal, peaceful and regenerative world.

Purpose over profit always.
We do not build Acter to create revenue, we create revenue to build Acter.​​
Our human values go before finances and we do not sell user data.
We do not advertise. We do not sell business shares.

Democratically run company.
Acter is a democratically run organization that means that it is the co-workers that make decisions collectively.
One co-worker - one vote.

Humans are the foundation.
In Acter we build digital tools to support humans. Our design is human-centered and non-addictive. We base our work on needs not assumptions and spend time with users and their work to know how to help them help us reach our vision.

Social responsibility.
Acter is a place for people to thrive. We want to invite people of all types of different backgrounds to work with us. We want to be a working place where young people can develop their skills. We hire people not roles as most jobs can be taught, whereas passion is hard to teach.

Policy on equality, diversity and inclusion:

Acter is committed to encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion among our workforce, and eliminating unlawful discrimination.

The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative of all sections of society and our customers, and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best.

The organisation - in providing goods and/or services and/or facilities - is also committed against unlawful discrimination of customers or the public.

The policy’s purpose is to:
- Provide equality, fairness and respect for all in our employment, whether temporary, part-time or full-time.

- Not unlawfully discriminate because  of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour, nationality, and ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

- oppose and avoid all forms of unlawful discrimination. This includes in pay and benefits, terms and conditions of employment, dealing with grievances and discipline, dismissal, redundancy, leave for parents, requests for flexible working, and selection for employment, promotion, training or other developmental opportunities

Acter commits to:
- Encourage equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

- Create a working environment free of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination, promoting dignity and respect for all, and where individual differences and the contributions of all staff are recognised and valued.

This commitment includes training managers and all other employees about their rights and responsibilities under the equality, diversity and inclusion policy. Responsibilities include staff conducting themselves to help the organisation provide equal opportunities in employment, and prevent bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination.

All staff should understand they, as well as their employer, can be held liable for acts of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination, in the course of their employment, against fellow employees, customers, suppliers and the public.

- Take seriously complaints of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination by fellow employees, customers, suppliers, visitors, the public and any others in the course of the organisation’s work activities.

Such acts will be dealt with as misconduct under the organisation’s grievance and/or disciplinary procedures, and appropriate action will be taken. Particularly serious complaints could amount to gross misconduct and lead to dismissal without notice.

Further, sexual harassment may amount to both an employment rights matter and a criminal matter, such as in sexual assault allegations.  

- Make opportunities for training, development and progress available to all staff, who will be helped and encouraged to develop their full potential, so their talents and resources can be fully utilised to maximise the efficiency of the organisation.

- Review employment practices and procedures when necessary to ensure fairness, and also update them and the policy to take account of changes in the law.

- Monitor the make-up of the workforce regarding information such as age, sex, ethnic background, sexual orientation, religion or belief, and disability in encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion, and in meeting the aims and commitments set out in the equality, diversity and inclusion policy.

Monitoring will also include assessing how the equality, diversity and inclusion policy, and any supporting action plan, are working in practice, reviewing them annually, and considering and taking action to address any issues.

The equality, diversity and inclusion policy is fully supported by everyone that either works with Acter, uses Acter or is being associated with Acter.