Dutch Game Garden Code of Conduct
Dutch Game Garden supports the game industry by creating job opportunities and promoting entrepreneurship. To do so, we initiate in-person events and online networking opportunities. At all our activities and events, we stand for an environment that is inclusive, respectful and safe for all participants. To ensure this, we require all attendees, speakers, hosts, participants, exhibitors, sponsors, volunteers and organizers to adhere to our Code of Conduct.
Please read on to see what we mean by:
All people with a passion for games and/or who are interested to learn more about the games industry are welcome and supported at Dutch Game Garden events.
We ensure a safe and welcoming environment for participants, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, personal preference, race, religion, physical or mental health conditions or physical appearance.
Giving and receiving feedback, meeting new people and discussing different viewpoints is of great value when it is done in a respectful, professional and considerate way.
We require all communication and behavior at our event to be appropriate, professional and empowering towards all participants. Sexual language and behavior, personal attacks, unnecessary comments on appearance or personal preferences, disregarding personal space or communicated boundaries and disrespectful feedback are not accepted. All other behaviors that put people around you in a disadvantaged position or make them feel uncomfortable are also deemed inappropriate.
We support people to come together to learn and to grow professionally, but also to make new friends and feel at home. A safe space is absolutely necessary for that.
Harassment, discriminatory jokes, exclusionary behavior or encouraging any of these kinds of behaviors aren’t acceptable.
All behavior must be professional and respectful to other participants.
At all Dutch Game Garden events and gatherings, we communicate and behave in service of the creation of a friendly, supporting space where personal and professional growth can happen. We have a joint responsibility to create and maintain this space. If you witness any behavior that might make a person feel uncomfortable we encourage you to respectfully discuss this behaviour with the person(s) involved.
If you are subject to unacceptable behavior, notice that someone else is being subject to unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify the organizer as soon as possible. All reports will remain completely confidential.
External Confidential Counselor
What if you experience something that you really don’t like, but you don’t want to talk to someone from the organization? What if that experience has something to do with bullying, (sexual) intimidation, discrimination, or even violence, but you just don’t know who you can talk to? That is where I can come into play.
My name is Sebastiaan de Witte, and I’m the external Confidential Counselor for Dutch Game Garden. It can be daunting to navigate difficult experiences, even if they seem small. Sometimes you simply want someone to talk to. Someone that listens and doesn’t judge. When you share your story with me, you can be sure it’s confidential. This means I won’t report it without your permission. Whatever the story is, it’s important to me that it’s you who decides what steps (if any) will be taken.
As a Confidential Counselor I will also inform the organization every year. Again, that same confidentiality is at play here, so your anonymity is guaranteed. And a female colleague is available on request as well.
Want to contact me?