Diversity and Inclusion / Human Rights

Diversity and Inclusion / Human Rights

Our Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

We believe that it is important to have a diverse and inclusive workforce. Our vision is to foster an inclusive culture that leverages the contributions of our staff with many backgrounds and perspectives to arrive at better investment decision making that ultimately drives our success.

This means we treat one another with mutual respect, while contributing to an inclusive work environment where different points of view can be raised and respected. We do not tolerate discrimination, harassment or any behavior which creates an intimidating, hostile and offensive work environment.

In our commitment to diversity and inclusion, we will develop and implement initiatives that are applicable across our Firmwide practices and policies including recruitment, professional development, compensation, promotions. This includes:

  • Hiring more women in investment and business lead roles
  • Shortlisting and interviewing at least one female candidate for each open position
  • Mentorship opportunities for our female employees
  • Establishing female employee networks and planning networking opportunities at our Firm
  • Where possible, appoint and promote women to leadership roles at portfolio companies, (including C-suite roles or portfolio company boards)

Diversity and Inclusion is championed at the highest level of Affinity.

Human Rights

At Affinity we recognize our responsibility as a business leader, and are committed to uphold internationally recognized human rights in all our operations. 

Affinity has formalized our approach to managing human rights risks and opportunities into our Responsible Investment Policy. Our approach is based on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).

Human Rights within Affinity’s investment practices: 

  • Enhanced our pre-investment due diligence to assess the level of risk based on (i) country of operations, (ii) sector and (iii) track record and policies. 
  • Work with our portfolio companies to develop appropriate social and environmental practices to address human rights in their business and operations. 
  • Track human rights issues and how they are resolved.
  • Conduct Human Rights training for all Affinity investment professionals. 
  • Act as stewards of our companies through providing access to remedy: In the event of a violation, Affinity will use our board position to ensure remedial action is taken or work with company management to address the issue through remedial action.