Statement of Expected Conduct and
Core Values (“Our Code”)
Our culture is based on three important values: Integrity, Reliability and Courage.These values constitute the foundation of our professional work, our interactions with clients, business partners and communities. These values define our corporate culture.
Trust and Credibility
The success of our business is dependent on the trust and confidence we earn from our employees, partners, customers, and investors. We pride ourselves on earning that trust and confidence in all of our interactions.
Respectful Work Environment
badpixel, Inc. (“badpixel”) is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing a workplace that is free of discrimination of all types and from abusive, offensive or harassing behavior. Any employee who feels harassed or discriminated against should report the incident to his or her manager or to human resources or to one of the founders immediately for handling.
All badpixel employees, contractors, and partners are also expected to support an inclusive workplace by adhering to the following conduct standards:
- Treat others with dignity and respect at all times.
- Address and report inappropriate behavior and comments that are discriminatory, harassing, abusive, offensive or unwelcome.
- Foster teamwork and employee participation, encouraging the representation of different employee perspectives.
- Avoid slang or idioms that might not translate across cultures.
- Support flexible work arrangements for co-workers with different needs, abilities and/or obligations.
- Confront the decisions or behaviors of others that are based on conscious or unconscious biases.
- Be open-minded and listen when given constructive feedback regarding others' perception of your conduct.
badpixel will not tolerate discrimination, harassment or any behavior or language that is abusive, offensive or unwelcome. All such instances will be investigated and if inappropriate behavior is found it will be handled appropriately, up to and including termination of badpixel’s relationship with the bad actor.
Create a Culture of Open and Honest Communication
badpixel will investigate all reported instances of questionable or unethical behavior.In every instance where improper behavior is found to have occurred, the company will take appropriate action. We will not tolerate retaliation against employees who raise genuine ethics concerns in good faith. Employees are encouraged, in the first instance, to address any perceived issues with their managers or the HR manager, as most problems can be resolved swiftly. If for any reason that is not possible or if an employee is not comfortable raising the issue with his or her manager or HR, founders operate with an open-door policy.
Remote and Video Meeting Expectation
In today’s age a lot of meetings and work takes place remotely. Many times, tools such as a telephone or video system (i.e. Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc.) may be used. It is easy to take these remote interactions lightly, however, it is important to maintain the professionalism in such settings as if an employee is in the office. We expect all employees, when representing badpixel remotely, to:
1. Treat any meeting as if it is being taken from the badpixel office.
2. Be on time.
3. Dress appropriately. Wear the same attire you would for an in-person meeting with the same attendees. Always be tidy and presentable. Be aware that the entire ensemble is appropriate and not just what one thinks may be seen on camera.
4. Set the appropriate environment and background. Pick a professional background setting and ensure that anything that is showing in the background is professional and appropriate. If a background scene setting is used, please ensure it is appropriate and reflects the professional and inclusive approach of badpixel.
5. Be aware of lighting and that all attendees can be seen and heard clearly.
6. As a general rule, all participants should stay muted until it is their turn to speak.
7. Do not eat, smoke or slurp a drink during the meeting.
8. Ensure that there is a strong and stable remote connection before attending any meeting.
Uphold the Law
badpixel’s commitment to integrity begins with complying with laws, rules and regulations where we do business. Further, each of us must have an understanding of the company policies, laws, rules and regulations that apply to our specific roles.If we are unsure of whether a contemplated action is permitted by law or badpixel’s policy, we should seek advice. We are responsible for preventing violations of law and for speaking up if we see possible violations.
Avoid Conflicts of Interest
We must avoid any relationship or activity that might impair, or even appear to impair, our ability to make objective and fair decisions when performing our jobs. At times, we may be faced with situations where the business actions we take on behalf of badpixel may conflict with our own personal or family interests. We owe a duty to badpixel to advance its legitimate interests when the opportunity to do so arises. We must never use badpixel property or information for personal gain or personally take for ourselves any opportunity that is discovered through our position with badpixel.
Here are some ways in which conflicts of interest could arise:
1. Being employed (you or a close family member) by, or acting as a consultant to, a competitor or potential competitor, supplier or contractor, regardless of the nature of the employment, while you are employed with badpixel.
2. Hiring or supervising family members or closely related persons.
3. Serving as a board member for an outside commercial company or organization who is a competitor, supplier or contractor.
4. Owning or having a substantial interest in a competitor, supplier or contractor.
5. Having a personal interest, financial interest or potential gain in any badpixel transaction.
6. Placing company business with a firm owned or controlled by a badpixel employee or his or her family.
7. Accepting gifts, discounts, favors or services from a customer/potential customer, competitor or supplier, unless equally available to all badpixel employees.
Determining whether a conflict of interest exists is not always easy to do. Employees with a conflict of interest question should seek advice from management. Before engaging in any activity, transaction or relationship that might give rise to a conflict of interest, employees must seek review from their managers or the HR department.
Gifts, Gratuities, and Business Courtesies
badpixel is committed to competing solely on the merit of our products and services. We should avoid any actions that create a perception that favorable treatment of outside entities by badpixel was sought, received or given in exchange for personal business courtesies. Business courtesies include small gifts, gratuities, meals, refreshments, entertainment or other benefits from persons or companies with whom badpixel does or may do business. We will neither given or accept business courtesies that constitute, or could reasonably be perceived as constituting, unfair business inducements that would violate law, regulation or policies of badpixel or customers, or would cause embarrass mentor reflect negatively on badpixel’s reputation.
Set Metrics and Report Results Accurately
Corporate Record Keeping We create, retain and dispose of our company records as part of our normal course of business in compliance with all badpixel policies and guidelines, as well as all regulatory and legal requirements. All corporate records must be true ,accurate and complete, and company data must be promptly and accurately entered in our books in accordance with badpixel’s and other applicable accounting principles. We must not improperly influence, manipulate or mislead any unauthorized audit, nor interfere with any auditor engaged to perform an internal independent audit of badpixel’s books, records, processes or internal controls.
Each of us is responsible for knowing and adhering to the values and standards set forth in this Code and for raising questions if we are uncertain about company policy. If we are concerned whether the standards are being met or are aware of violations of the Code, we must contact the HR department, managers or founders. badpixel takes seriously the standards set forth in the Code, and violations are cause for disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.
Confidential and Proprietary Information
Integral to badpixel’s business success is our protection of confidential company information, as well as nonpublic information entrusted to us by employees, customers and other business partners. Confidential and proprietary information includes such things as pricing and financial data, customer names/addresses or nonpublic information about other companies, including current or potential supplier and vendors. We will not disclose confidential and nonpublic information without a valid business purpose and proper authorization.
Use of Company Resources
Company resources, including time, material, equipment and information, are provided for company business use only. Employees and those who represent badpixel are trusted to behave responsibly and use good judgment to conserve company resources. Managers are responsible for the resources assigned to their departments and are empowered to resolve issues concerning their proper use.
Generally, we will not use company equipment such as computers, copiers and fax machines in the conduct of an outside business or in support of any religious, political or other outside daily activity, except for company-requested support to nonprofit organizations. We will not solicit contributions nor distribute non-work related materials using company equipment.
In order to protect the interests of the badpixel’s network and our fellow employees, badpixel reserves the right to monitor or review all data and information contained on an employee’s company-issued computer or electronic device, the use of the Internet or badpixel’s intranet. We will not tolerate the use of company resources to create, access, store, print, solicit or send any materials that are harassing, threatening, abusive, sexually explicit or otherwise offensive or inappropriate.
Questions about the proper use of company resources should be directed to your manager.
From time to time, employees may be approached by reporters and other members of the media. In order to ensure that we speak with one voice and provide accurate information about the company, we should direct all media inquiries to the founders. No one may issue a press release without first consulting with the founders.
badpixel welcomes your questions or comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that badpixel has not adhered to this Statement, please contact badpixel at: