ESG Policy

Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Policy 

Last Updated: June 1, 2024 

About Connectbase 

Connected2Fiber, Inc., d/b/a Connectbase, and all other affiliates and subsidiaries (collectively “Connectbase”) is a group of privately held companies that is the global marketplace for buying and selling connectivity. Connectbase is the leading platform for the industry, designed to streamline interactions between buyers and sellers across the globe. With a focus on simplifying connectivity and enhancing the procurement process, Connectbase offers a dynamic and comprehensive ecosystem for all connectivity stakeholders. The Connected World platform serves over 300 providers globally, profiling 2.7 billion locations across more than 150 countries. 

Our approach to Connectbase’s policies and operational controls for social risks, ethical dealings, health and safety, and environmental concerns is facilitated by a top-down mandate. This Environmental, Social and Governance Policy (the “Policy”) has been reviewed and supported by Connectbase’s Senior Leadership Team. 

Connectbase strives to build an equitable, diverse, and sustainable workplace through the combination of an employee Code of Conduct, ethics, social governance, and environmental policies.  

ESG Framework 

Environmental 

  • Remote First Organization Sustainability 
  • Responsible Resource Management (paperless) 
  • Climate Change and Emissions (essential travel only) 
  • Training (education on environmental issues) 
  • Energy efficiency (promote energy management) 

Social 

  • Human rights (including modern slavery and forced labor) 
  • Health and safety 
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging  (DEIB) 

Governance 

  • Conflicts of interest 
  • Anti-money laundering, bribery and corruption 
  • Whistleblower Policy 

Environmental Factors 

At Connectbase, we make responsible choices with our business operations to drive sustainability excellence across our business. We do this by setting guidelines for how we manage and grow our business with the support of all Connectbase employees, suppliers, and partners. Connectbase supports and encourages efforts to reduce our impact on the environment. 

The following principles will guide our decisions and promote the continued development of our environmental workplace practices: 

  • Continually develop innovative solutions to reduce the impact of our operations on the environment; 
  • Support a ‘remote work’ company, reducing the need for employees to drive to and from work; 
  • Organize and visually promote our own office and kitchen waste with a comprehensive recycling system; 
  • Promote and fund the use of technology for a paperless workplace; 
  • Select office locations that promote access to public transportation and other environmentally friendly commuting options; 
  • Partner with a local Electronics Recycling provider to ensure secure, responsible electronics disposal of decommissioned printers, laptops and other company issued electronic devices: 
  • Reduce non-essential business travel where feasible through the use of technologies such as videoconferencing; and 
  • Educate our employees about environmental issues and Connectbase’s impacts, policy, and initiatives. 

Social Factors 

Human Rights (including modern slavery) 

Connectbase is committed to improving transparency into our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chain. Connectbase is dedicated to ensuring the protection of basic human rights in all its aspects of business. Connectbase’s Modern Slavery Statement reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.  

Health and Safety 

Connectbase is committed to maintaining a healthy and safe working environment. Connectbase adheres to all applicable laws and leading health and safety standards, and we require all of our employees to complete health and safety training.  

Further, Connectbase actively promotes employee wellbeing through numerous initiatives including 100% paid health premiums for employees and families; access to Employee Assistance Programs, Unlimited Vacation leave; expansive Wellness Benefits; 100% paid Health and Wellness trainings; etc. 

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) 

At Connectbase, we take valuable time to measure diversity and inclusion in all of its forms. Equal opportunity is integral to our recruitment process, and we seek to maintain a positive workplace, free from discrimination and inclusive of fairness, and equality. It’s important to us that we regularly engage with our employees and key stakeholders to understand how diverse our workforce is, as well as how equitable and inclusive Connectbase is for employees of all backgrounds and identities. 

Connectbase is committed to raising awareness of unconscious bias throughout our leadership team, as well as throughout the organization.  Our commitment to ensuring equal opportunity extends far beyond the recruitment effort and is weighted heavily toward ensuring any inadvertent barrier to success, advancement and sense of belonging is identified, assessed, and removed. 

Governance Factors 

Conflicts of Interest 

Every Connectbase employee has the personal responsibility to protect its reputation and to act with honesty and integrity in all dealings with customers, business partners, vendors and fellow Connectbase employees. This requirement is set out in Connectbase’s Employee Handbook. Compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations related to company activities is mandatory and employees conduct must be such as to avoid even the appearance of impropriety. 

All Connectbase employees are expected to act in the best interest of the company and to exercise sound judgement when working on Connectbase’s behalf. This means that all business decisions should be made free from any conflict of interest. 

Anti-Money Laundering, Bribery and Corruption 

Connectbase explicitly prohibits any employee, director, or other individual acting on behalf of Connectbase, from giving, offering, or promising a loan, reward, advantage, or benefit of any kind to another individual in order to obtain any business advantage. This is mandated in Connectbase’s Employee Handbook. 

We are committed to ensuring a fair and ethical workplace for our employees and our partners with whom we do business with. Offering or accepting gifts or entertainment of any kind must always be done in accordance with the law and local business practice and shall only be made if permitted under Connectbase’s customers’ applicable internal rules. 

Whistle Blower Policy 

Connectbase’s Employee Handbook requires management and/or the People Team to review every complaint of harassment, violence, or bullying in the workplace that is reported. A workplace investigation may also take place as a result of information that comes to light from a whistleblowing disclosure, or through another avenue. 

Connectbase is committed to integrity and ethical behavior in the workplace and will foster and maintain an environment where employees can work safely, appropriately, and lawfully. Connectbase’s Whistleblower Policy has been adopted to ensure that all employees understand that they may report any wrongdoing that may adversely impact Connectbase, Connectbase employees, Connectbase customers/ shareholders/ investors, or the public at large, without fear of retaliation or a negative impact on their employment. 

Changes to this Policy 

We reserve the right to update this Policy at any time to reflect changes to our internal practices. The revised Policy will be posted on this website. We strongly encourage you to refer to this Policy often for the latest information about our practices.