ClearlySo makes complaint over offensive remarks by Peter Lilley at EIS Awards
London, United Kingdom – ClearlySo, Europe’s leading impact investment bank, announces that it has made a complaint with the EIS Association (EISA) and the Conservative Party over offensive remarks made by House of Lords member Peter Lilley during a speech last week at The Great EIS 25th Anniversary Awards Banquet in London.
A ClearlySo staff member attended the banquet where Lilley gave a speech, parts of which (including a reference to an unnamed female sixth form student) she found insulting and offensive.
The complaint alleges that Lilley’s behaviour in making the speech did not live up to the principles outlined in the Code of Conduct of Conservative Party Representatives, was contrary to the objectives of the EISA, discourages women entrepreneurs and was thereby harmful to the economy.
Rod Schwartz commented: “As Chief Executive of ClearlySo I am speaking on behalf of the whole company when I say that we find it objectionable that one of our colleagues should be subjected to this behaviour at a professional meeting. ClearlySo stands for and seeks to help build a modern, inclusive, progressive and meritocratic economy—and comments such as Lilley’s undermine our efforts and need to be consigned to the dustbin—they have no place in modern Britain.”
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Originally founded in 2008, ClearlySo has helped more than 140 clients raise more than £250 million in impact investment from its extensive network of high-net-worth individual and institutional investors.
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