The questions LPs can ask for due diligence on diversity and inclusion in VC

  1. Does the Firm have a formal Diversity and Inclusion policy or initiative? If ‘yes’, provide a copy of the policy.
    — (Only if ‘no’) Would you be willing to develop and implement a policy or initiative within one year?
  2. Does the Firm have a Code of Conduct that covers harassment, discrimination and/or workplace violence?
    — If ‘yes’, provide a copy of the Code.
    — (Only if ‘no’) Would you be willing to develop and implement such a code within one year?
  3. Does the Firm require such a Code of Conduct at its portfolio companies? — (Only if ‘no’) Would you be willing to require such a code at the Firm’s current/future portfolio companies within one year?
  4. Does the Firm have a Family Leave policy?
    — (Only if ‘no’) Would you be willing to develop and implement such a policy within one year?
  5. Does the Firm track the gender composition of employees taking family leave benefits? If ‘yes’, provide a summary of employees that have taken family leave in the last three years.
    — (Only if ‘no’) Would you be willing to begin tracking this information within one year?
  6. Does the Firm have a formal mentorship program for minorities and/or women?
  7. Does the Firm work with organizations that promote the attraction and retention of women and minorities within private equity? If “yes’, provide a list of these organizations, as well as any additional programs you have embraced.
  8. Has the Firm put procedures in place for the reporting and investigation of harassment and/or discrimination? If ‘yes’, provide these procedures
    — (Only if ‘no’) Would you be willing to establish and communicate procedures within one year?
  9. Have there been any claims of sexual or general harassment, misconduct or discrimination against any current or former Firm employees (while employed by the Firm) within the last 5 years?
  1. Do you have a Diversity & Inclusion policy in place?
  • Parental Leave
    — What is it?
  • Flexible Working
    — What is it?
  • Anti-harrassment/ discrimination
    — What is it?
  • Employee Grievance
    — What is it?
  • Recruitment
    — What is it?
  • Other (please specify)
    — What is it?
Diversity VC is a non profit organisation that aims to make Venture Capital firms and the tech companies they invest in more diverse and inclusive through thought leadership, data and actionable tools & training

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