Last updated: December 7, 2021
Agriconnect informs, connects, and inspires the agriculture community. As a group that is community orientated, we actively seek to create an environment where everyone is welcome and can feel a sense of belonging.
The following code of conduct reflects our commitment to create respectful, inclusive, and safe environments, both offline and online. Everyone who participates in an Agriconnect event must comply with this code of conduct, including but not limited to, attendees, exhibitors, speakers, sponsors, employees, media, and volunteers.
We do not tolerate harassment or bullying in any form. We expect all participants at our events will be respectful and professional in all interactions.
We take a zero-tolerance approach to any demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behaviour or speech, in any form, including but not limited to, as it relates to ethnic and national origin, gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religious beliefs.
Further, sexual language and imagery are not appropriate for any venue, including talks, workshops, seminars and online media.
Organisers will take appropriate action regarding any participant found to violate this code, up to and including warning the offender, expulsion from the event without refund, and/or a ban from future events.
The Detailed Version
Participating at an event
We have zero tolerance for actions or behaviour that impact an event participants’ safety and wellbeing, including, but not limited to:
- Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, ethnic and national origin, race, religion
- Sexual images or displays in public spaces
- Deliberate intimidation
- Stalking, following, and harassing photography or recording
- Sustained disruption of talks or other events
- Inappropriate physical contact
- Lewd and unwelcome sexual attention
- Facilitating or participating in any violence or criminal behaviour
- Promoting or publicising any criminal or violent activity
- Engaging in behaviour or actions that are considered threatening
- Participants asked to stop any of these behaviour must comply immediately.
Exhibiting and sponsoring an event
In addition to the above, exhibitors and sponsors must also ensure their materials, content, employees, and any of their event staff act in a professional and responsible manner. In particular, sexualised images, activities, or other material will not be permitted. Event staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualised clothing/uniforms/costumes or otherwise create a sexualised environment.
Reporting an incident
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns as they relate to this code of conduct, please contact a member of the staff immediately. If onsite, any member of the organising staff will be happy to help. You are also welcomed to report the incident via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event staff can help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. No retaliation will be taken or tolerated against anyone who makes a good faith report of bullying, discrimination, or harassment.
When reporting an incident, please share any details you can recall, such as names, dates, times, location, behaviour, any statements made, to help with investigating the incident.
Every incident reported will be taken seriously and will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.
Sanjeev Khaira, Director