Code of conduct for events

Expected Behaviours
Agriconnect (the Organiser) is dedicated to providing an inclusive, positive and enjoyable event for all attendees and staff. We will not tolerate any form of harassment to any person.
Everybody at the event should feel welcome, valued and safe, and comfortable to enter discussions without fear of injury, humiliation, bullying or intimidation.
We expect all attendees, sponsors, speakers and staff to behave professionally, politely and kindly both in person at the event, and online prior to, during and after the event.

Harassment of any form is entirely unacceptable at Agriconnect events or workspaces.

What is harassment?
Example of harassment include, but are not limited to:

  • use of abusive, offensive or degrading language or actions relating to race, religion, age, disability, gender, gender identity/expression, appearance, or sexual orientation
  • use or display of sexual images
  • inappropriate physical contact
  • deliberate intimidation or stalking
  • physical or verbal aggression
  • unauthorised photography or recording
  • sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • encouraging or advocating any of these behaviours

What to do if you are concerned
If you are made to feel uncomfortable, or believe that somebody is being harassed, or have any concerns regarding the welfare of those at the event, please contact a member of Agriconnect staff. You can do this by email or by telephone or in person. Agriconnect staff are identifiable at events by their green lanyards and all are aware of this Code of Conduct and trained to respond to incidents.
Explain in as much detail as possible what you have experienced or seen. Helpful information will include:

  • identifying the harasser(s) – all attendees will be wearing a name badge
  • the form of the harassment
  • the time and place of the incident
  • any surrounding circumstances

Reports of harassment are treated by us as confidential, so please do not disclose details of the incident publicly until we have had sufficient opportunity in which to investigate and respond to the situation.

Our responses
Our response will depend upon the situation, but may include:

  • discussing the incident with the harasser
  • issuing a warning to the harasser
  • expulsion from the event of the harasser
  • informing the venue security
  • informing the police
  • banning the harasser from all future Agriconnect events
  • providing a comforting escort for the harassed person during the event

In conclusion
We expect and hope that all attendees, sponsors, speakers and staff will treat others as they would wish to be treated themselves – professionally, politely and kindly.
In the unlikely event that harassment takes place, this Code of Conduct explains what you should do, and provides a mechanism for Agriconnect to take immediate steps to resolve the situation.