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Our User Agreement and Corporate Code of Conduct

Welcome to our page on the policies of The Alvan Ikoku Group LLC and of its divisions, series, subsidiaries, and affiliates (collectively, the “Policies”). Here, we will provide important information to you regarding associated and governing codes, policies, rights, and terms and conditions of use and service, and we will especially explain our Corporate Code of Conduct as well as the User Agreement (the “Agreement”).

Governance

All of these Codes and Policies shall govern your activity pertaining to The Ikoku Group, as well as your activity on the Sites, Products and Services of The Ikoku Group and its divisions, series, subsidiaries, and affiliates (collectively, the “Sites,” the “Products” and the “Services”).

Please, therefore, take the time to read the Policies below carefully.

Your Agreement; Acceptance; Legally Binding

It is important, first, to note that whenever you engage in any activity within, on behalf of, or in reference to The Ikoku Group, its divisions, series, subsidiaries or affiliates, or whenever you visit, browse, or use any part of our Sites, Products or Services, and especially when you provide to us any content or personal information, you are agreeing to the Codes and Policies that collectively constitute The Ikoku Group User Agreement and Code of Conduct and Governance, as they are amended from time to time (the “Codes and Policies” and the “Policies”), you are indicating that you understand these Codes and Policies, that you intend them to be the legal equivalent of a signed, written contract, equally binding, and that you accept such Codes and Policies and agree to be legally bound by them (your “Agreement”).

If you are engaging in any activity in or with The Ikoku Group or are visiting or using any part of our Sites, Products or Services for an organization, you are agreeing to this Agreement on behalf of that organization, and represent and warrant that you can do so.

Please do not engage in any activity in or with The Ikoku Group or use any part or our Sites, Products or Services, or provide us any content or personal information if you do not agree to all the Codes and Policies or if your jurisdiction will not honor them.

Who are ‘We,’ ‘Us,’ and ‘Our’

In these Codes and Policies, and in all of our official and written materials, as presented on our Sites, Products and Services and elsewhere, “We,” “Us,” and “Our” refer to The Alvan Ikoku Group LLC — also known as The Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku Group and The Ikoku Group — as well as any of its divisions, series, subsidiaries and affiliates, including but not limited to those listed below:

— Alvan Ikoku Group Holdings (“AIG Holdings,” “Ikoku Holdings,” and “Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku Group Holdings”) which constitute a division, series and subsidiary wholly owned and managed by The Ikoku Group;

— Alvan Ikoku Group Services (“AIG Services,” “Ikoku Services,” and “Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku Group Services”) which constitute a division, series and subsidiary wholly owned and managed by The Ikoku Group;

— Alvan Ikoku Corporation (“Ikoku Corporation” and “Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku Corporation”) which constitute a division, series and subsidiary wholly owned and managed by The Ikoku Group;

— Alvan Ikoku Philanthropies (“Ikoku Philanthropies” and “Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku Philanthropies”) which constitute a division, series and subsidiary wholly owned and managed by The Ikoku Group;

— Publiks Group (including “Publiks Inc”) which constitute a division, series and subsidiary wholly owned and managed by The Ikoku Group;

and also by agreement, coordination and understanding solely via express and written instruments signed and sealed by Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku,

— The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts (“The Ikoku Charitable Trusts” and “The Ikoku Trusts”) as well as The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Foundation and The Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku Foundation (“The Ikoku Foundations” and “The Ikoku Foundation”) which are each distinct nonprofit entities affiliated with The Ikoku Group and for which services are rendered by The Ikoku Group only through its division, The Ikoku Philanthropies.

What are Our ‘Products,’ ‘Services,’ and ‘Sites’

Furthermore, in these Codes and Policies, as well as in all of our official and written materials, as presented on our Sites, Products and Services and elsewhere, “Products,” “Services,” and “Sites” refer to — but are not limited to — any of the sites, goods, products, and services of The Group and its divisions, series, subsidiaries, and affiliates, as well as the activities, content, materials, operations and technologies involved in creating, continuing, developing, making available, maintaining, using, and visiting our sites, goods, products, and services.

Who Are Typically ‘You,’ ‘User’ and ‘Visitor’

These Codes and Policies are a legally binding agreement between The Ikoku Group and you, and they govern your activity within, on behalf of, and in reference to The Ikoku Group, as well as your visit, browsing and use of our Sites, Products and Services, and your creation, development, provision and submission of all content, data and information via The Ikoku Group or its Sites, Products and Services.

Most visitors and users of our Sites, Products and Services are independent individuals, though many are employees or other agents of entities, so the meaning of and references to “you” includes both: (1) the “user” individually and (2) any entity or individual that is your employer or for whom you act as agent, unless otherwise stated in these Codes and Policies.

Persons under 18 years of age are not authorized to — on their own — use any of our Sites, Products, or Services.

What Are ‘Written,’ ‘Writing,’ and ‘Electronic Communication’

For purposes of these Codes and Policies, and for any activity within, on behalf of, and in reference to The Ikoku Group (including its divisions, series, subsidiaries and affiliates), and in any of our official documents and elsewhere, references to “written” and “writing” mean only a recorded message in a recognized and standardized official language, expressly transcribed into physical form by the person being the “writer,” capable of comprehension by ordinary standardized visual, tactile or auditory means of reading and interpretation, and shall include electronic mail (email) and very similar written electronic communication, provided that the conditions set forth below are met.

1. As with all legitimate, applicable and dependably actionable communication pertaining to The Ikoku Group, “electronic communication” must be expressly written, clearly legible and require no inference as to its content or meaning, and such communication must also create a record that:

(a) may be retained, retrieved, and reviewed by a recipient thereof and by other persons thereafter;

(b) may be directly reproduced in clearly legible paper form by such a recipient through an automated process; and

(c) may thereafter be similarly rendered into clearly legible tangible form.

2. Electronic communication or transmission shall include only:

(a) facsimile telecommunication or electronic mail when directed to the facsimile number or electronic mail address, respectively, for that recipient on record with The Ikoku Group; and

(b) posting on an electronic message board or network which The Ikoku Group has designated for those communications, together with a separate notice to the recipient of the posting, which transmission shall be validly delivered upon the later of the posting or delivery of the separate notice thereof.

3. Acceptable forms of electronic communication must adhere to the above and furthermore be approved for conducting specified purposes of The Ikoku Group via unanimous agreement of the Founder, President and Chair along with any pertinent Managers, Directors, Officers, Stakeholders, employees, volunteers, agents, partners, visitors, and users using such communication to carry out their activity pertaining to The Ikoku Group. Therefore, writing by electronic communication may be deemed validly delivered, and any contracts or agreements thereof dependably enforceable, only if delivered to a recipient who has provided an unrevoked and written consent to the use of such means of transmission and communication for the specified activity pertaining to The Ikoku Group.

4. Such electronic transmission is not formally authorized, and no contracts or agreements thereof are dependably enforceable, unless in addition to satisfying the aforementioned conditions, the consent to the transmission has been preceded by or includes a clear written statement to the recipient as to:

(a) any right of the recipient to have the record provided or made available on paper or in nonelectronic form;

(b) whether the consent applies only to that transmission, to specified categories of communications, or to all communications from, to and pertaining to The Ikoku Group; and

(c) the procedures the recipient must use to withdraw consent.

What We Mean by ‘Consent’

For purposes of these Codes and Policies, and for any activity within, on behalf of, and in reference to The Ikoku Group (including its divisions, series, subsidiaries and affiliates), and in any of our official documents and elsewhere, references to “consent” mean only a written instrument or written communication that:

1. explicitly states an unrevoked (though revocable) agreement to a specified activity or specified form of activity by the person indicating agreement (the “consenter”);

2. has been preceded by or includes a clear written statement to the consenter as to any right of the consenter to have and retain a record of the agreed consent in electronic, paper and in nonelectronic form;

3. has been preceded by or includes a clear written statement to the consenter as to whether the consent applies only to that specified activity, to specified categories or forms of that activity, or to all activity within, on behalf of, and in reference to The Ikoku Group; and

4. has been preceded by or includes a clear written statement to the consenter as to the procedures the consenter must use to revoke or withdraw consent.

What We Mean by ‘Signed,’ ‘Sealed,’ ‘Delivered,’

Signature. In a number of state, federal and international statutes pertaining to jurisdictions and activities of importance to The Ikoku Group, the definition of signature does not include a stamped, computer generated, digital or electronic signature. Thus, for purposes of these Codes and Policies, and for any activity within, on behalf of, and in reference to The Ikoku Group (including its divisions, series, subsidiaries and affiliates), and in any of our official documents and elsewhere, references to “signed,” “signature” and requirements for any instrument is required to be signed mean only a personally signed and handwritten mark by the person whose signature is so required and authorized, with stamped, computer generated, facsimile, digital or electronic forms of signature not permitted to serve as substitute.

Seal. The Founder, President and Chair shall provide for a company seal, which may have the name of The Ikoku Group or the pertinent divisions, series, subsidiary or affiliate inscribed thereon and shall otherwise be in such form as may be approved from time to time by the Founder. In the case of any instrument required to be sealed pursuant to our Codes and Policies or applicable state or federal law, The Ikoku Group shall only use said approved company seal by causing it to be personally impressed or affixed on an official instrument of The Ikoku Group by a person authorized to do so by the Founder, President and Chair via express and written instrument signed and sealed. No person or entity shall use the said approved company seal in any manner, including “for identification purposes only,” unless such use has been approved by the Founder, President and Chair via express and written instrument signed and sealed.

Manner of Delivery, Giving Notice. For purposes of these Codes and Policies, and for any activity within, on behalf of, and in reference to The Ikoku Group (including its divisions, series, subsidiaries and affiliates), and in any of our official documents and elsewhere, delivery and giving notice shall be deemed to have been properly initiated and conducted if:

(a) served in person;

(b) sent via electronic mail;

(c) posted by United States mail, full postage prepaid thereon;

(d) sent by special courier service; or

(e) sent by telecopy, any of these options if conducted via a manner and form consented to by the recipient for such purposes, and if sent to the correct mailing or electronic address or number designated by and consented to by the recipient for such purposes, or if none is designated, at the correct address or number of the recipient listed on the records of The Ikoku Group.

Furthermore, such delivery and notice shall be deemed to have been completed:

(i) in the case of personal or special courier delivery, on the date of actual receipt of such notice by the recipient;

(ii) in the case of mail delivery, when deposited in the United States mail, postage prepaid thereon, addressed to the recipient at designated or correct address as it appears on the records of The Ikoku Group;

(iii) if electronically transmitted, as provided in these Codes and Policies; or

(iv) in the case of facsimile delivery, when transmitted to the recipient at designated or correct fax number as it appears on the records of The Ikoku Group.

Changes in Our Sites, Products and Services

We may at any time, without notice or liability, change, temporarily suspend, or discontinue any aspect of our Sites or other Products or Services. We may also do the same for the availability of any feature, database, or content of our Sites or other Products or Services. And we may impose limits on certain features and services or restrict your access to parts or all of the Site or other Products or Services, again without notice or liability.

Changes in Policies

Please also note that we reserve the right to change and update these Codes and Policies, from time to time and at any time and without liability. We encourage you to check back periodically to review our most current, updated version of these Codes and Policies. As a person or entity engaging in any activity within, on behalf of, or in reference to The Ikoku Group, or a visitor or user of our Sites, Products or Services, it remains your responsibility to keep informed about such posted changes.

If we make significant material changes, we will attempt to notify you through our Sites or our other Products or Services. But you also agree that notices we may provide on our Sites itself shall be deemed reasonable notice for this purpose.

If you object to any changes, you may close any account or cease any services you maintain with us. Your continued use of our Sites or any other Products or Services after we publish or send a notice about changes to these Codes and Policies will constitute your acceptance of such modifications.

Questions About Our Policies

Your questions regarding our Codes and Policies will help tremendously in our efforts to make The Ikoku Group and its divisions, series, subsidiaries, partners and affiliates, and sites, goods, products and services active, collaborative, safe and secure places and tools for doing our work.

So if you have any questions, or thoughts, suggestions and feedback, please email us at policies@ikokugroup.com.

How to Report

And the reporting of any violations of these Codes and Policies will also help tremendously in our efforts to make The Ikoku Group and its divisions, series, subsidiaries, partners and affiliates, and sites, goods, products and services active, collaborative, safe and secure places and tools for doing our work. The Duty to Report is also one of the principles of our Founding and Governing Code of Ethics.

So if you see, think or worry that a violation of code or policy may have occurred or may be occurring, please email us at policies@ikokugroup.com.

Do Read All Policies Before Continuing

Please, therefore, take the time to read and understand all of the Codes and Policies, and to revisit them whenever they are updated, before continuing to visit or use the Site and any of our Products or Services, and especially if you intend to be or are among our leadership staff, employees, volunteers, educators, researchers, donors, funding recipients, and partners, affiliates, agents or third-parties in any capacity formally approved by us. The Codes and Policies, as well as some further clarifying definitions, are made available to you below.

The Core Policies

As mentioned above and elsewhere, The Ikoku Group User Agreement and Corporate Code of Conduct consist of several Codes and Policies that collectively govern all of your activity, operations, visits, and use with, within, for, on behalf of, in reference to, and more generally pertaining to The Ikoku Group (as well as its divisions, series, subsidiaries, and affiliates, and our Sites, Products and Services). By continuing, you indicate that you understand that these Codes and Policies include — but are not limited to — the Founding and Governing Code of Ethics, the Terms and Conditions of Use and Service, the Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality, and the Acceptable Use Policy, along with all Associated Codes and Policies.

Below, we provide access to, respectively, the Core and Associated Codes and Policies:

Founding Code of Ethics

Founding Code of Ethics (HTML and PDF)

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions of Use and Service (HTML and PDF)

Privacy and Confidentiality

Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality (HTML and PDF)

Acceptable Use Policy

Acceptable Use Policy (HTML and PDF)

All Policies

All Policies (HTML and PDF)

*Notes

*Notes — No person or entity may become or remain qualified as manager, director, trustee, officer, executive, board or committee member, staff member or employee, advisor or consultant, provider of care, education, mentorship, or training, affiliate, partner, representative, recipient of funds or resources, researcher or observer, sponsor, supervisor, volunteer, voting or decision-making entity, member or stakeholder, or other agent of The Ikoku Group (including its divisions, series, subsidiaries, affiliates, or partners) if in intentional violation of these Codes and Policies and especially the Founding and Governing Code of Ethics. Due to this stipulation, under no circumstances shall the following qualify: Eleanor Marie Brown (of Jamaica and the United States, Brown University, University of Oxford and Yale Law School) and any affiliates, agents, associates, employees, employers, and partners of said person; Stanford University and any affiliates, agents, associates, employees, employers, and partners of Stanford University; any person or entity who has similarly violated Ikoku Group ethics of confidentiality, privacy, security, and unconsented monitoring, supervision or surveillance; — as well as, additionally, for ethics policies reasons — any government entity, official or employee and any appointed, elected or hired government official, employee, representative, or agent who has held such office or position within the preceding five (5) years.

Child Looking Up Among Adult Celebrants
Child at Ceremony, Ikorodu, Nigeria, 2016 (Oshomah Abubakar)
Boy Smiling While Showing Hand String Game
Boy Playing Hand Game, 2017 (Alexander Radelich)
Child in Costume Looking at Camera
Niño, Cusco, Peru, 2018 (Ben Ostrower)
Tatooed Map on Outstretched Arm
Map on Arm, Dayton, US, 2017 (Don Ross III)
Woman with Arm on Head, Smiling
Woman in Joy, Kolkota, India, 2017 (Loren Joseph)
Boy Among Chidlren in Class, Looking at Camera
Children in Classroom, Nakasaki District, Kampala, Uganda, 2017 (Bill Wegener)
Woman Seated on Mat on Floor, Holding Fan
Seated by Kpone Katamanso District Assembly Office, Tema, Ghana, 2017 (Nathaniel Tetteh)
Girl Kneeling in Busy Street
Tibetan Girl, 2017 (Journey Yang)

Associated Policies

Below we provide several Associated Policies that, along with the above Core Core and Policies, collectively govern activity, operations, visits and use within, on behalf of, in reference to, and more generally pertaining to The Ikoku Group as well as our Sites, Products and Services. Much of the principles articulated in these Associated Policies are included either explicitly or by extension in the above Core Codes and Policies; but they are worth articulating separately, for the purposes of clarity, detail, and reproducible company and community ethos and standards.

Intellectual Freedom and Published Speech

Intellectual Freedom and Published Speech (HTML and PDF)

Intellectual Property

Policy on Intellectual Property (HTML and PDF)

Accessibility and Disability

Accessibility and Disability (HTML and PDF)

Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of Interest (HTML and PDF)

Corporate Responsibility

Corporate Responsibility (HTML and PDF)

Discrimination and Harassment

Discrimination and Harassment (HTML and PDF)

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion (HTML and PDF)

Fairness and Justice

Fairness and Justice (HTML and PDF)

Forced Labor, Trafficking, Slavery

Forced Labor, Trafficking, Slavery (HTML and PDF)

Liberty and Independence

Liberty and Independence (HTML and PDF)

Members and Voting

Members and Voting (HTML and PDF)

Private Interest and Public Good

Private Interest and Public Good (HTML and PDF)

Reasonable Transparency

Reasonable Transparency (HTML and PDF)

Safety and Security

Safety and Security (HTML and PDF)

Societal Impact and Sustainability

Societal Impact and Sustainability (HTML and PDF)

Updates and Keeping Informed

Once again, by continuing to engage in activity within, on behalf of, and in reference to The Ikoku Group, and by continuing to visit and use our Sites, Products and Services, you indicate that you understand that we reserve the right to update these Codes and Policies from time to time, and at any time, and that we encourage you to check back periodically to review our most current, updated version of these Codes and Policies. As a person or entity engaging in any activity within, on behalf of, or in reference to The Ikoku Group, or a visitor or user of our Sites, Products or Services, it remains your responsibility to keep informed about such posted changes.

01.

Areas of Focus Chosen for the Group’s Mission and Work

The Group’s Areas of Focus have been expressly chosen — and periodically evaluated — to ensure specified and full attention to communities and issues of enduring concern and commitment to the Founder and partners.

02.

Divisions Formed and Administered for the Group’s Operations

The Group’s Divisions have also been expressly formed, administered — and periodically evaluated — to ensure efficacious operations in conceptualizing, developing, and carrying out ideas, objectives, and solutions.

03.

Founding Ethics, Agreement and Policies for Group Governance

And guiding the Group through all its work are the Founding and Governing company agreements, codes, and attendant policies — collectively constituting its governance structure and standards.

More About Us

The Ikoku Group

The Ikoku Group was formed to foster care and creativity, ethics and innovation in work and communities of enduring concern to its founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, and partners.

— About Us

Mission, Scope, Founder

Founded as a US limited liability company, The Ikoku Group is engaged in work that is both domestic and international in scope, concerned as it is with offering services to communities and entities located across borders.

— Founding & Governance

Nature, Leadership, Ethics

The Ikoku Group is governed by its Founder‘s Agreement, by its Founding Ethics, and by a set of associated Policies — each thoughtfully derived from the above and collectively constituting the Group governance documents.

— Policies

Agreement, Laws, Terms, Conditions

Where available, The Group provides updates on news, events and media coverage pertaining to its operation, development, work, and communities.

— Press & Media

News, Events, Coverage

Where appropriate, The Group also provides alerts, newsletters and periodic reports for those who wish to sign up for, receive them — and thus become more deeply informed of recent developments and our past and ongoing work.

— Reports

Alerts, Newsletters, Periodicals

Those interested in its mission, objectives and work may contact The Ikoku Group for positions in its management, employee and contributing staff, and board and committee membership. A career at The Group will likely be deeply rewarding.

— Careers at The Ikoku Group

Boards, Jobs, Contributions