Code of Conduct

The organisers of the Lighting Design Awards are dedicated to providing a harassment-free event for everyone (regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion). We do not tolerate harassment of attendees of the event, our staff or staff of the venue in any form. We want to ensure that it is a friendly and enjoyable event for everyone.

Harassment includes (but is not limited to): offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age and religion. Harassment also includes, intimidation, stalking, following, inappropriate and/or unwanted physical contact, unwelcome sexual advances or suggestive behaviour/innuendo, sexual aggression, forceful dancing, harassing/intrusive photography or any other behaviour which makes an individual or group of individuals feel uncomfortable. It also applies to offensive emails, text messages or social media content.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately. If any attendee of the Lighting Design Awards engages in a behaviour that violates this Code of Conduct, the event organisers may take any actions they deem appropriate (including a verbal warning or expulsion from the event) to maintain a friendly and safe environment for all participants.

How to report Harassment at the event:

If you or another participant is being harassed, or if have any concerns that threaten your safety or enjoyment of the event, please contact a Lighting Design Awards member of staff by calling or texting 07767 333085 (this number will be available throughout the evening).

We will ask you to meet us in a safe space to ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard, we’ll ask you to tell us about what happened. This can be upsetting, but we’ll handle it as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. You won’t be asked to confront anyone and we won’t tell anyone who you are.

To help our staff create a full report we will ask you for the following information: the name and/or company of the participant doing the harassing, the behavior that was in violation, the approximate time of the incident, the circumstances surrounding the incident, your identity, other people involved in the incident.

A member of our staff will approach the alleged Harasser, and they will be made aware of the report made against them and will be given the chance to tell their version of events. They will then be made aware of any of the actions that may be taken against them, which might, in extremis, include being asked to leave the event immediately and being excluded from future events.

If Your Safety is Threatened – if there is any threat to yourself or other attendees, including staff, venue security may be called.

This Code of Conduct was adopted from the example conference anti-harassment policy from the Geek Feminism Wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers, which is under a Creative Commons Zero license.