YOUTH INTERNATIONAL CONCLAVE CODE OF CONDUCT
Integrity: YIC members are expected to act and perform their duties ethically and honestly and with the utmost integrity. We strive to be transparent in all of our communications. Our reputation is our most valuable asset, and it is up to all of us to make sure that we continually earn that trust.
Anti-discrimination: We strictly prohibit unlawful discrimination or harassment* on the basis of race, color, religion, veteran status, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy status, sex, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, or any other characteristics protected by law. We will take disciplinary action for any community member who violates this Code of Conduct.
Anti-Racism: We have a zero tolerance policy for racism, and perpetuating or endorsing racism are grounds for immediate dismissal. Anyone found not “standing up” against racism may also be found to be in violation of the code of conduct in certain circumstances. Stand up and speak up.
Harassment, Discrimination, Bullying: Youth International Conclave prohibits discrimination, harassment and bullying in any form – verbal, physical, or visual. If you believe you’ve been bullied or harassed by anyone in our community, we strongly encourage you to immediately report the incident to YIC Leadership. We will promptly and thoroughly investigate any complaints and take appropriate action.
Equal Opportunity: Youth International Conclave ensures qualifications directly related to professional competence. We make sure equal opportunities without regard to ability status, age, ancestry, civil union, class, color, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, military service, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or other legally-protected status.
Responsiveness: We keep our promises and strive to respond to all inquiries and concerns as soon as possible.
Conflicts of Interest: We work for our company and partners, not for our own personal benefit. Youth International Conclave community leaders commit to avoiding conflicts of interest that could allow them personal benefit at the expense of YIC. Anyone at Youth International Conclave who is aware of a conflict of interest, or is concerned that a conflict might develop, is required to discuss the matter with Leadership.
Supportive Work & Event Environment: We commit to a supportive, open, and welcoming workplace and event environment that reflect a culture free of harassment, intimidation, bias, and unlawful discrimination. We enable all in our community to feel free to express their opinions, concerns, and needs with an expectation that they will be heard and respected. We communicate professionally and appropriately at all times.
Avoiding Gossip: We do not speak ill of others. We have each other’s back. We are constructive in our feedback and will always provide it directly to the individual or company to which it pertains.
No means no: We respect “no” as an answer and decision when it is made.
Diversity: We encourage diversity and are committed to building inclusive environments at our company and at our events that reflect the diversity of people and cultures we see in the world and in our global community.
Accountability: We stick to our words. We respect the legal agreements we sign and do our best to fulfill on all obligations. If we can’t keep our commitments for some reason, then we strive to make it right in every way possible.
Safe Workplace: We are committed to a violence-free work environment, and we will not tolerate any level of violence or the threat of violence in the workplace. Under no circumstances should anyone bring a weapon to work or an event. If you become aware of a violation of this policy, you should report it immediately.
Drugs & Alcohol: Consumption of alcohol is not banned at our events, but we expect good judgment and appropriate behavior that would never compromise performance, endanger the safety of others, or violate the law. Substance abuse, illegal drugs, and underage drinking at our events is strictly prohibited.
Stand Up: We appropriately intervene in situations when we witness violations of this Code and will report such violations and in some instances, recognize our stance in whatever way we feel obligated to.
Conclusion: Youth International Conclave is a human-first organization. It’s impossible to spell out every possible ethical scenario we might face. Instead, we rely on one another’s good judgment to uphold a high standard of integrity for ourselves and our company. We expect everyone at YIC — the organization and our community — to represent our values and abide by this Code of Conduct in everything we do. Any violation of this Code may result in disciplinary action, including termination, and if warranted, legal proceedings. This Code is a statement of certain fundamental principles, policies and procedures that govern the way we run our business.
If you have witnessed a violation of our Code of Conduct please report it to YIC Leadership. If you have a question or concern, don’t just sit there. You can contact your manager, or YIC Leadership. Finally, if you believe a violation of law has occurred, you can always raise that to YIC Leadership or with a government agency.
DEFINITION OF HARASSMENT
Harassment includes, but is not limited to:
- Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination
- Comments that are lewd, lascivious, demeaning, or derogatory
- Unwelcome discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity
- Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
- Harassing photography or recording (audio or video)
- Sustained disruption of talks or other events
- Inappropriate physical contact
- Unwelcome sexual attention, including any specific activity for which consent was not requested and given
- Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior