Through our new paternity / partner leave policy, where fathers or partners are given the same amount of paid parental leave as mothers, Ascentic wants to lead the change towards a more equal and healthy IT industry in Sri Lanka.
Ascentic has been growing rapidly since its start in 2017, catering towards the ever-increasing demand of IT skills in Sweden. From the start, founders Anna Kalm and Patrik Alm have had a strong focus on building a healthy and sustainable working culture and building an organization that can positively contribute to the progress of the Sri Lankan software industry. One key focus area has been to work for an increased gender balance – in an industry where today males make up 60% of the workforce.
- For us, enabling our crew to combine a successful career with a healthy family life is a main priority. We believe in taking care of those who take care of their families.
As a part of this ambition, Ascentic is now launching a new policy with increased paid parental leave for fathers and partners, something which is unique in Sri Lanka. Sweden, the country of founders Anna and Patrik, is known for having the most generous parental leave policies in the world - a total of 18 months of paid leave for the parents to take - something made possible by the state paying the salary / allowence of the employee during that time. In Sri Lanka, the employer bears the entire cost of an parent on parental leave, which of course adds limitations to how generous the leave policies can be. By law, you as an employer are obliged to give 84 working days off to the mother and none (yes, actually none) to the father in the private sector. Most companies provide only what is required in leaves, some a couple of days more, but in general - the father does not get many paid leave days to spend with their newborns.
With this context, Ascentic has decided to increase its paid paternity (or partner) leave to 84 days – i.e., the same as for the mother. For the organisation, it's an important step in driving the industry towards better equality and employee health.
- We hope that our new parental leave policy will have several positive effects, Anna Kalm says. It reduces the risk of mothers taking a greater share of the responsibility for home and children, and allows for the fathers or partners to spend more time with their newborn. But we also hope that it contributes to an increased debate on what is required from companies to obtain a more equal labor market in IT. To see structural change, we have to be willing to put in the needed investment. This is our investment in changing the worklives of Sri Lankan parents to the better.
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Website Privacy Notice
Effective Date: 5 July 2019
Ascentic (Pvt) Ltd respects your concerns about privacy. This Website Privacy Notice describes the types of personal information we collect about individuals on www.ascentic.se (the “Site”), how we may use the information, with whom we may share it, and the choices available regarding our use of the information. The Website Privacy Notice also describes the measures we take to safeguard the personal information, how long we retain it and how individuals can contact us about our privacy practices and to exercise their rights.
Information We Obtain
We may collect and store personal information (such as name and other contact details) that you choose to provide to us when you provide them through the Site, when you contact us, apply for a job, or use a third party survey tool. The types of personal information we collect may include:
- Contact information, such as your name and e-mail address;
- Employment information, such as your company, job title, and location; and
- Other personal information you may submit to us, such as when you contact us.
Automated Collection of Data
When you use the Site, we may obtain certain information by automated means, such as browser cookies, web beacons, device identifiers, server logs, and other technologies. The information we obtain in this manner may include your device IP address, domain name, identifiers associated with your devices, device and operating system type and characteristics, web browser characteristics, language preferences, clickstream data, your interactions with the Site (such as the web pages you visit, links you click, videos you watch and features you use), the pages that led or referred you to the Site, dates and times of access to the Site, geolocation information, and other information about your use of the Site.
A “cookie” is a text file that websites send to a visitor’s computer or other Internet-connected device to uniquely identify the visitor’s browser or to store information or settings in the browser. A “web beacon,” also known as an Internet tag, pixel tag or clear GIF, links web pages to web servers and their cookies and may be used to transmit information collected through cookies back to a web server. We and our third-party service providers may use beacons in emails to help us track response rates, identify when our emails are accessed or forwarded, and for other purposes listed below.
These technologies help us (1) remember your information so you will not have to re-enter it; (2) track and understand how you use and interact with the Site; (3) tailor the Site around your preferences; (4) measure the usability of the Site; (5) provide you with interest-based advertising; and (6) otherwise manage and enhance the functionality of the Site.
To the extent required by applicable law, we will obtain your consent before placing cookies or similar technologies on your computer. Additionally, you can stop certain types of cookies from being downloaded on your computer by selecting the appropriate settings on your web browser. Most web browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new browser cookies, how to be notified when you receive a new browser cookie and how to disable existing cookies. You can find out how to do this for your particular browser by clicking “help” on your browser’s menu or by visiting http://www.allaboutcookies.org.
The Site is not designed to respond to “do not track” signals received from browsers. Please note that, without cookies or other automated tools, you may not be able to use all of the features of the Site.
Third-Party Web Analytics Services
We may obtain personal information about your online activities over time and across third-party websites, devices and other online services. On the Site, we use third-party online analytics services, such as Google Analytics. The service providers that administer these analytics services use automated technologies to collect data (such as email address, IP addresses, cookies and other device identifiers) to evaluate, for example, use of the Site and to diagnose technical issues.
To learn more about Google Analytics, please visit http://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html. You may opt out of Google Analytics by visiting https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl+en=GB.
Online Tracking and Interest-Based Advertising
On the Site, both we and certain third parties may collect information about your online activities to provide you with advertising about products and services tailored to your individual interests. Where required by applicable law, we will obtain your consent for the processing of your personal information for direct marketing purposes. You may see our ads on other websites or mobile apps because we participate in advertising networks. Ad networks allow us to target our messaging to users considering demographic data, users’ inferred interests, location and browsing context. These networks track users’ online activities over time by collecting information through automated means, including through the use of browser cookies, web beacons, device identifiers, server logs, web beacons and other similar technologies. The networks use this information to show ads that may be tailored to individuals’ interests, to track users’ browsers or devices across multiple websites and apps, and to build a profile of users’ online browsing and app usage activities. The information our ad networks may collect includes data about users’ visits to websites and apps that participate in the relevant ad networks, such as the pages or ads viewed and the actions taken on the websites or apps. This data collection takes place on third-party websites and apps that participate in the ad networks.
To learn how to opt out of ad network interest-based advertising in the U.S., please visit www.aboutads.info/choicesand http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/. In the European Union, please visit www.youronlinechoices.eu.
How We Use the Information We Obtain
We may use the information we obtain on the Site to:
- personalize your experience on the Site;
- provide our services to you;
- market our services to you;
- respond to your requests and inquiries;
- operate, evaluate and improve our business (including developing new services; enhancing and improving our services; analyzing our services; managing our communications; performing data analytics and market research; and performing accounting, auditing and other internal functions);
- protect against, identify and prevent fraud and other criminal activity, claims and other liabilities; and
- comply with and enforce applicable legal requirements, relevant industry standards and our policies, including this Website Privacy Notice
As required by applicable law, we use the personal information we obtain to comply with applicable legal requirements, carry out our contractual obligations and, as permitted by law, pursue our legitimate interests (such as managing the Site, performing data analytics, and operating, evaluating and improving our business). We also may use the information we obtain in other ways for which we provide specific notice at the time of collection or otherwise with your consent. We may combine information we obtain about you (such as through the Site or from third parties) for the purposes described above.
We do not disclose personal information we obtain about you, except as described in this Website Privacy Notice. We may share your personal information with service providers who perform services on our behalf, such as hosting this Site, relationship management or data analytics, for the purposes described in this Website Privacy Notice. We do not authorize our service providers to use or disclose the information except as necessary to perform services on our behalf or comply with legal requirements.
We also may disclose information about you (1) if we are required to do so by law or legal process (such as a court order or subpoena); (2) in response to requests by government agencies, such as law enforcement authorities; (3) to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights; (4) when we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to prevent physical or other harm or financial loss; (5) in connection with an investigation of suspected or actual illegal activity; (6) in the event we sell or transfer all or a portion of our business or assets (including in the event of a reorganization, dissolution or liquidation); or (7) otherwise with your consent.
We may transfer the personal information we collect about you to recipients in countries other than the country in which the information originally was collected. Those countries may not have the same data protection laws as the country in which you initially provided the information. When we transfer your information to recipients in other countries (such as the U.S.), we will protect that information as described in this Website Privacy Notice.
Your Rights and Choices
We offer you certain choices in connection with the personal information we obtain about you. To update your preferences, update or correct your information, limit the communications you receive from us, or submit a request, please contact us as specified in the How to Contact Us section of this Website Privacy Notice. You also can unsubscribe from our marketing mailing lists by following the “Unsubscribe” link in our emails.
To the extent provided by applicable law, you may (1) request access to the personal information we maintain about you; (2) request that we update, correct, amend, erase or restrict the information; or (3) exercise your right to data portability, by contacting us as indicated below. Depending on your location, you may have the right to file a complaint with a government regulator if you are not satisfied with our response. Where provided by law, you may withdraw any consent you previously provided to us or object at any time to the processing of your personal information on legitimate grounds relating to your particular situation, and we will apply your preferences going forward. To help protect your privacy and maintain security, we may take steps to verify your identity before granting you access to your information. To the extent permitted by applicable law, a charge may apply before we provide you with a copy of any of your personal information that we maintain.
Other Online Services and Third-Party Features
The Site may provide links to other online services and websites for your convenience and information, and may include third-party features such as apps, tools, widgets and plug-ins (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and Vimeo buttons). These services, websites, and third-party features may operate independently from us. The privacy practices of these third parties, including details on the information they may collect about you, are subject to the privacy statements of these parties, which we strongly suggest you review. To the extent any linked online services or third-party features are not owned or controlled by us, Ascentic (Pvt) Ltd is not responsible for these third parties’ information practices.
Retention of Personal Information
To the extent permitted by applicable law, we retain personal information we obtain about you as long as (1) it is needed for the purposes for which we obtained it, in accordance with the provisions of this Website Privacy Notice, or (2) we have another lawful basis for retaining the data beyond the period for which it is necessary to serve the original purpose for collecting the data.
How We Protect Personal Information
We maintain administrative, technical and physical safeguards designed to protect personal information we obtain through the Site against accidental, unlawful or unauthorized destruction, loss, alteration, access, disclosure or use.
Updates to Our Website Privacy Notice
This Website Privacy Notice may be updated periodically and without prior notice to you to reflect changes in our personal information practices. We will indicate at the top of the notice when it was most recently updated.
How to Contact Us
EU residents, or data subjects whose data is processed in the EU, have various rights pertaining to the processing of their personal data, including the rights to request access, correction, amendment of their personal data, lodge a complaint with an European supervisory authority regarding any breach of the European data protection rules, and in certain circumstances, request the erasure of or object to the retention or use of personal data. The entity responsible for processing your personal data subject to this notice is: Ascentic (Pvt) Ltd. If you wish to exercise any of your rights under European data protection law, you may contact us by email at email@example.com or write to us at:
Ascentic (Pvt) Ltd
158/2 Koswatta Road
US and Non-EU Countries:
To update your preferences, update or correct your information, submit a request, ask us questions about this Website Privacy Notice, or exercise other applicable privacy rights, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us at:
Ascentic (Pvt) Ltd
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Privacy & Data Protection Policy
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