Diversity Alliance is calling on event industry leaders to help create more inclusive and safer event experiences for all by signing the new “Safe Space” Charter.
The charter outlines four key pledges that signees commit to in order to prevent harassment and discrimination at their events:
- Establish clear anti-harassment and non-discrimination policies
- Provide staff training on how to handle reports of harassment and discrimination
- Promote the policies and reporting procedures publicly at events
- Commit to continual review and improvement of safe space efforts
“As leaders and innovators in the events industry, signatories have an opportunity to take a stand against sexual harassment and discrimination,” said Gabrielle Austen Browne, founder of Diversity Alliance. “By signing the charter and committing to the pledges, organisations can publicly commit to creating inclusive events free from harassment and discrimination.”
In addition to sending a clear message of support, charter signees will receive resources and can request additional support from Diversity Alliance and its partners. Their organisation’s name will also be featured on the Diversity Alliance website as an official supporter.
One of the first organisations to sign up to the charter is events agency, emc3. Josh King, VP of Growth said: “We are thrilled to announce our commitment to the Safe Space charter. At emc3, the safety and well-being of both our team and event attendees have always been paramount.
“We believe in fostering an environment where everyone feels not just welcomed but truly safe, respected, and valued, thus taking the Safe Space pledge aligns perfectly with our core values. This is a significant step toward a more equitable and inclusive future for the events industry.”
Official partners of the Safe Space initiative include the OPs Nest and EventWell. Helen Moon, founder of Eventwell said: “We are delighted to be working with Gabby and Diversity Alliance as official partners for Safe Space. Safeguarding, safe spaces and safe people are the cornerstone of EventWell services, and this new industry wide charter puts extra gravitas on the importance and relevance in the modern and ever evolving world of events.
“The safe space charter is here to ensure we create supportive environments that do not add to or create distress for any event attendee, exhibitor, speaker, or crew member, and we encourage as many event organisers as possible to actively participate and show their commitment.”