Code of Conduct

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The following code of conduct is intended to help foster a safe and collaborative environment for business discussions without fear of harassment or abuse. Commsverse will not tolerate any harassment, abuse or unacceptable behaviour from any person at the event.

Any harassment, abuse or unacceptable behaviour will result in your immediate removal from the event followed by a life-long ban on attending any of our future events.

Types of Harassment & Unacceptable Behaviour

Harassment includes, but is not limited to;

  • Offensive verbal comments or personal insults related to gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, physical appearance, race or religion;
  • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language;
  • Deliberate intimidation;
  • Stalking or unwelcome following during the event;
  • Unwelcome and unauthorised photography or recording;
  • Sustained and deliberate disruption of activities or events;
  • Inappropriate physical conduct; and
  • Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes sexualized comments or jokes, inappropriate touching, groping and unwelcome advances.

Furthermore;

  • no weapons or drugs of any kind are permitted at Commsverse events;
  • exhibitors and speakers are expected to comply with the additional parts of the code of conduct specific to them (as set out below); and
  • all Participants are expected to follow the dress code (as set out below).

Participants at any Commsverse event should conduct themselves at all times in a manner that comports with both the letter and spirit of this policy prohibiting harassment and abusive behaviour, whether before, during or after the event. This includes statements made in social media postings, on-line publications, text messages, and all other forms of electronic communication.

Exhibitors & Speakers

  • Exhibitors must not use sexualised images or materials on their stand including sexualised clothing, costumes or otherwise promoting sexualised environment
  • Speakers must not use sexualised language, images, jokes or other materials that could constitute harassment or unacceptable behaviour.
  • Speakers should also use inclusive language free of unconscious bias in their presentation. This free training course can help you understand more https://training.linuxfoundation.org/training/inclusive-speaker-orientation/

Dress Code

Exhibitor staff should be dressed in business casual attire with the exception of outfits of an overly revealing nature. If Commsverse believes an outfit to be too revealing, it reserves the right to ask the person to change their attire.

Report a Case

If you believe you have experienced or witnessed a case of harassment, please report it to a member of the Commsverse staff who will be clearly visible in their event attire. Commsverse will then investigate the allegation and decide on any appropriate action which may involve a total ban, immediate expulsion from the event or involve the local police if deemed of a serious nature.

Don’t suffer in silence. REPORT IT! Abuse and Harassment is not acceptable and no one should be expected to put up with it!

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