Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

SPE Code of Conduct

This Policy applies to all Society of Plastics Engineers(SPE) Affiliates, including volunteers, attendees, speakers, sponsors, vendors, partners, SPE staff and contractors in connection with their “Society-associated activities.”

"Society-associated activities" means:

  • all activities and events sponsored, funded, or conducted in whole or in part by, or otherwise involving, the Society, wherever located;
  • performance of, or holding, any Society role, responsibility, privilege, function, contract or other affiliation.

SPE will enforce this Code.

Our aim is to build a stronger community. Our goal is to create an environment where everyone feels welcome to participate, speak up, ask questions, and engage in conversation. This requires a harassment free and inclusive environment that recognizes the inherent worth of every participant. We invite all those who participate in SPE to help us create safe and positive experiences for everyone. 

We are dedicated to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religion (or lack thereof), marital status, nationality, political affiliation, ability status, educational background, or any other characteristic protected by law. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Harassment includes but is not limited to inappropriate or intimidating behavior and language, unwelcome jokes or comments, unwanted touching or attention, offensive images, photography without permission, and stalking. Disruptive or harassing behavior of any kind will not be tolerated. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate including during any aspect of the event/conference, meetings, talks, workshops, parties, social media such as Twitter, or other online media. 

The Following Code of Conduct allows SPE to create the best experience possible for all stakeholders. 

Expected behavior:

  • Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions. 
  • Attempt collaboration before conflict. 
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech. 
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert SPE staff if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Code of Conduct, even if they seem inconsequential. 
  • During any SPE activity no participant should engage in harassment in any form. 
  • Sanctions may range from verbal warning, loss of  Society privileges to ejection from the activity without refund, to notifying appropriate authorities. Retaliation for complaints of inappropriate conduct will not be tolerated. If a participant observes inappropriate comments or actions and personal intervention seems appropriate and safe, they should be considerate of all parties before intervening. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. 

Reporting an incident: 

Alert SPE staff if you notice or experience a dangerous situation or a violation of this Code of Conduct or see someone in distress even if it seems inconsequential during the event.  Please seek out the nearest SPE team member to escalate your complaint. If you see, overhear or experience a violation of the Code of Conduct during an event, please seek out the nearest SPE team member to escalate your complaint. If you cannot find a team member or would like to report a violation after an event, you may email wecare@4spe.org.

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