In accordance with our mission and practice the Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB) is committed to creating and maintaining a working environment that is based on respect for human beings, social justice and human dignity regardless of age, origin, socio-economic status, cultural or gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or political conviction – both at its headquarters and international offices as well as when cooperating with volunteers, interns, partners, and other associated personnel.
As part of this commitment, the ASB does not tolerate sexual exploitation, abuse, harassment, or sexualized violence of any kind. Sexual exploitation, abuse, harassment, and other forms of sexualized as well as gender-based violence result from a culture of discrimination and privilege based on unequal relations and power dynamics. ASB has developed this policy on the basis of international guidelines for protection from sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment
This policy is part of a broader safeguarding framework that also includes ASB’s Code of Conduct, guidelines for the implementation of this policy, Whistleblowing Policy and guidelines for managing Complaints and Allegations.
Sexual exploitation, abuse, harassment and sexualized as well as gender-based violence violate universally recognized international legal norms and are unacceptable misconduct. ASB takes all complaints seriously and will handle these in a confidential manner. Where complaints indicate a violation of this policy, ASB will take action outlined in the “Complaints and Allegation Management” and subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.