1. Purpose

Orapuh recognises the importance of free speech as a fundamental human right and a cornerstone of democratic societies. This policy aims to establish guidelines to ensure that freedom of speech is respected while upholding the values and mission of Orapuh.

2. Scope

This policy applies to all Orapuh employees, volunteers, contractors, and stakeholders engaged in activities related to the organisation.

3. Principles

  • Respect for Diverse Perspectives: Orapuh respects diverse viewpoints and encourages open dialogue and debate on matters related to oral and public health.
  • Responsibility: While individuals have the right to express their opinions freely, they also have the responsibility to ensure that their speech is respectful, ethical, and aligned with Orapuh’s mission and values.
  • Protection from Harassment and Discrimination: Orapuh does not tolerate speech that harasses, discriminates, or creates a hostile environment based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or any other protected characteristic.
  • Professionalism: Employees and representatives of Orapuh are expected to maintain a professional demeanor in all communications, whether internal or external, and avoid engaging in inflammatory or derogatory speech.

4. Guidelines for Expression

  • Open Dialogue: Orapuh encourages open dialogue and constructive criticism to foster innovation and improvement in its activities related to oral and public health.
  • Transparency: Employees and representatives should be transparent about their affiliations with Orapuh when expressing opinions on matters related to the organisation.
  • Accuracy and Integrity: All communications, including speeches, publications, and social media posts, should be accurate, evidence-based, and reflect the integrity of Orapuh.
  • Respect for Privacy: Individuals should respect the privacy of others and refrain from disclosing confidential or sensitive information without proper authorisation.

5. Enforcement

Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment or termination of engagement with Orapuh. Any concerns or complaints regarding potential violations of this policy should be reported to the appropriate authority within the organisation for investigation and resolution.

6. Review and Revision

This policy shall be reviewed periodically to ensure its effectiveness and relevance. Amendments may be made as necessary to reflect changes in laws, regulations, or organisational needs.

7. Compliance

All employees, volunteers, contractors, and stakeholders are expected to familiarise themselves with this policy and comply with its provisions. Failure to comply may result in consequences as outlined in Section 5.

8. Conclusion

Orapuh is committed to fostering a culture that values and promotes freedom of speech while maintaining respect, professionalism, and integrity in all communications. By adhering to this policy, we can contribute to the advancement of oral and public health information, education, and research in a responsible and ethical manner.