The Global Science Gathering team is committed to creating an event at which everyone can participate in an inclusive, respectful and safe environment.
The Nature Conservancy events are guided by the highest ethical and professional standards, and all participants are expected to behave with integrity and respect towards all participants attending or involved with any event.
By registering to the 2021 Global Science Gathering you are agreeing to abide by this code of conduct and The Nature Conservancy’s values (Integrity beyond reproach; and Respect for people, communities and cultures). While registering you also consent to video and audio recording during the 2021 Global Science Gathering.
The Code of Conduct applies to any section of the event, which shall include presentations, discussions, break-out rooms, poster sessions, professional development sessions, and any other format organized, hosted or sponsored by the Global Science Gathering team.
The Code of Conduct applies to all participants at the 2021 Global Science Gathering, including all persons attending or involved in any capacity.
Harassment is any improper or unwelcome conduct that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation to another person. Harassment in any form because of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical ability, physical appearance, ethnicity, race, national origin, political affiliation, age, religion or any other reason is prohibited at the 2021 Global Science Gathering.
Sexual harassment is a specific type of prohibited conduct. Sexual harassment is any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offense or humiliation. Sexual harassment may involve any conduct of a verbal, nonverbal or physical nature, including written and electronic communications, and may occur between persons of the same or different genders.
Examples of harassment include, but are not limited to:
- Making derogatory or demeaning comments about someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity;
- Name-calling or using slurs with a gender/sexual connotation;
- Making sexual comments about appearance, clothing or body parts;
- Rating a person’s sexuality;
- Repeatedly asking a person for dates or asking for sex;
- Staring in a sexually suggestive manner;
- Unwelcome touching, including pinching, patting, rubbing or purposefully brushing up against a person;
- Making inappropriate sexual gestures, such as pelvic thrusts;
- Sharing sexual or lewd anecdotes or jokes;
- Sending sexually suggestive communications in any format;
- Sharing or displaying sexually inappropriate images or videos in any format;
- Attempted or actual sexual assault, including rape.
A participant who feels that they have been harassed at the 2021 Global Science Gathering may report the matter to [insert email], and a participant who witnesses such harassment should make such a report.
Examples of appropriate action may include, but are not limited to:
- Undertaking a fact-finding exercise;
- Requesting the perpetrator to immediately stop the offending behavior;
- Suspending or terminating the perpetrator’s access to the 2021 Global Science Gathering event or refusing registration at future events, or both;
- Conveying the complaint to any investigative or disciplinary authority with jurisdiction over the person accused of harassment;
- Conveying a report to the employer or entity with jurisdiction over the person accused of harassment for appropriate follow-up action.
The victim of alleged harassment may also seek help from other relevant authorities, such as the police, bearing in mind the applicable legal framework.
A participant should never knowingly make a false or misleading claim about prohibited conduct.
Prohibition of Retaliation
Threats, intimidation or any other form of retaliation against a participant who has made a complaint or provided information in support of a complaint are prohibited.
The Global Science Gathering team will take any reasonable appropriate action needed to prevent and respond to retaliation, in accordance with its applicable policy, regulations and rules.
How aligned is this process to existing internal processes? Do we need a significantly different or changes from internal processes? (e.g. more stringent?)