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Ethical Engagement Policy

Etch is committed to conducting our business in an ethical and responsible manner, always striving to contribute to the betterment of humanity. We recognize that our clients may come from a wide range of industries, including those that are considered controversial, such as gambling or military defence. To ensure our commitment to ethical and responsible business practices, we have established a policy for working with companies in controversial industries.

This policy applies to all employees, contractors, and stakeholders of Etch involved in project evaluation and decision-making processes.

Case-by-Case Evaluation

Etch adheres to a case-by-case approach when considering projects from clients in controversial industries. We will carefully evaluate each project to determine whether it aligns with our values and our mission of contributing to the betterment of humanity.

When assessing a project, we will consider the ethical implications of working with that particular client. We will take into account the potential impact of the project on society, the environment, and human rights and review any potential risks.

We are committed to maintaining transparency in our decision-making process. If we decide to work with a client in a controversial industry, we will disclose this information to our employees and others as appropriate.

Our primary criterion for accepting a project from clients operating within a controversial industry is whether it contributes positively to the betterment of humanity. We will evaluate how the project aligns with this mission and whether it has the potential to create a net positive impact.

Legal and Regulatory Compliance

Projects must comply with all relevant laws and regulations. Any involvement in illegal activities is strictly prohibited.

Decision-Making Process

Where appropriate, Etch will put together a Project Review Committee responsible for evaluating the proposed engagement from a business operating in a controversial industry. This committee will include relevant members from within the company that would be best placed to review each particular engagement based on the client and brief.

The committee may seek input from relevant stakeholders, including employees and external advisors, to ensure a well-rounded evaluation as and where needed.

The committee will assess each project using the principles mentioned above, considering the ethical, legal, and reputational aspects, as well as the potential impact on society and humanity.

Based on the evaluation, the committee will provide a recommendation to the Executive team regarding whether to accept or reject the project.

Etch’s Executive Team will make the final decision based on the committee's recommendation.

Review and Amendment

This policy will be reviewed periodically to ensure it remains aligned with our company's mission and values. Amendments may be made to the policy as needed to address changing circumstances or to enhance ethical considerations.