Working in a safe environment that is free of discrimination and harassment and promotes diversity and equal opportunities: Pro Helvetia is committed to these fundamental values both as part of its internal governance and for its promotional activities and partnerships.
Conditions for obtaining funding
The Foundation is engaged in supporting the cultural sector by providing framework conditions to guarantee a respectful and fair working environment. In order to do this, Pro Helvetia has drawn up an Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Policy, creating a binding framework and a consistent procedure to be applied if it is alerted to any case of a violation of personal rights, discrimination or psychological or sexual harassment that occurs during a project or partnership being funded by the Foundation.
Available in all national languages and in English, this policy applies to all applicants and partner institutions in Switzerland and abroad. From 10 May 2023, compliance with this policy is a condition attached to receiving and using Pro Helvetia funding. All applicants are informed about the policy during the application process. By ticking the mandatory box, they are confirming that they are aware of and will comply with the policy. While it is not the responsibility of Pro Helvetia to investigate or undertake criminal proceedings, if the Foundation is alerted to a case, this could lead to the reassessing or cancelling of support.
All activities within the Foundation since June 2022 have been covered by an internal policy on the protection of personal integrity. This applies to all members of staff (in Switzerland and abroad), jury members, the committee of experts and the board of trustees.