When a Code of Conduct becomes harmful

What makes a Code of Conduct enforceable?

  • List of unacceptable behaviors (“be nice to each other” doesn’t cut it)
  • Specific guidelines on how the Code of Conduct will be enforced
  • Detailed description of ways to report in person, online and anonymously
  • Organiser contact information
  • Emergency numbers and addresses within the vicinity of the venue

But is Code of Conduct enough?

  • healthy, dietary requirements-compliant catering
  • live transcription and sign language interpretation
  • lowering the presence and importance of alcohol
  • gender-neutral bathrooms
  • continuously diverse lineup of speakers
  • scholarship programs
  • an accessibility statement
  • a media policy
  • complimentary childcare

Publishing a copied Code of Conduct on a website doesn’t constitute a viable inclusion plan.

No Code of Conduct is always better than the presence of a failing one.

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Karolina Szczur

Karolina Szczur

Co-owner and Product Design Lead at calibreapp.com. Curator perf.email.

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