Policies

CODE OF CONDUCT
The Berggruen Institute has instituted the following event code of conduct and anti-harassment policies to enhance the experience of everyone attending and supporting the execution of any in-person or virtual event. By clarifying expected and unacceptable behavior, and standing firm in our commitment against harassment of any kind, we hope to cultivate a positive experience for anyone attending or supporting our events.

To that end, all attendees, participants, volunteers, vendors, and Berggruen staff must adhere to the following:

Expected behavior

  • Treat others with respect and consideration.
  • Be collegial and collaborative.
  • Do not take pictures or make audio or video recordings unless explicitly permitted to do so by Berggruen staff.
  • Comply with all applicable state and federal laws.

Unacceptable behavior

  • We will not tolerate disruptive behavior of any kind. Please do not interrupt the program in any way if you hear ideas that don’t line up with your own world view.
  • We will not tolerate harassment in any form. That includes verbal or online comments of an inappropriate sexual, derogatory or discriminatory nature. See below for more on our anti-harassment policies.
  • Assembling for the purpose of, or resulting in, disturbing the peace, or committing any unlawful act or engaging in any offensive behavior.
  • Any destruction or vandalizing of personal property or event site or materials.
  • Violating the rules and regulations of the online platforms supporting the event.

Consequences

The Berggruen Institute reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any person from any Berggruen event (including future Berggruen events) at any time if we believe someone has engaged in behavior that violates our code of conduct or anti-harassment policies. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, the Berggruen Institute may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from the event without warning or refund and if appropriate involvement of local law enforcement.

*** By participating in a Berggruen Institute event, where photography, video, and audio recording may occur, you consent to be photographed and video recorded. You release the Berggruen Institute and all co-organizing organizations, their officers and employees, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with captured images of you and video/sound recordings of you taken during the meeting.

ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICIES

The Berggruen Institute is dedicated to providing a harassment-free and inclusive experience for everyone regardless of sex, gender, gender identity and expression, age, race, color, ancestry, physical and/or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, national origin, religion, religious creed, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, veteran status or membership in other protected groups. The Institute does not tolerate harassment of event attendees, participants, vendors, volunteers, and Berggruen staff of any kind. This policy extends to in-person and virtual events, such as but not limited to meetings, workshops, parties as well as social media, hallway conversations.

All attendees, participants, volunteers, and vendors at Berggruen events must abide by the following policy:

  1. Be respectful. We want everyone to have a great learning and engaging experience regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, neurodiversity (nerve function or behavior traits), physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, nationality, race, age, religion, or other protected category. Everyone has the right to enjoy the event without fear of harassment, discrimination, or condescension, whether blatant or via micro-aggressions. Jokes should not demean others. Think before you speak.
  2. Say something if you see or hear something. Each person is empowered to politely engage when you or others are disrespected. Keep in mind the person who is making you feel uncomfortable may not be aware they are making you feel that way. Please contact someone on the Berggruen staff if you feel you are being harassed or feel uncomfortable. Do not hesitate to contact someone if you notice someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns.
  3. Harassment is not tolerated. Harassment includes, but is not limited to: verbal language that reinforces social structures of domination related to gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, neurodiversity, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, nationality, race, age, religion, or other protected category; sexual imagery; deliberate intimidation; stalking; following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; offensive verbal language; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention.

Reporting Procedures

Anti-Harassment

If you suspect harassment has occurred, or witnessed or heard about a potential violation to these guidelines, please report the details of the incident to anyone on the Berggruen staff. Information needed about the incident should include individuals involved and names of any witnesses. When the Institute learns about a potential violation of its policies, the Institute will investigate in a timely manner. If a violation of policy or law is found as a result of that investigation, the Institute will take appropriate action.