ESA Code of Conduct

The U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) has established a Code of Conduct for our virtual conference events to which we require all conference attendees to adhere. This includes, but not limited to, the Energy Storage Annual Conference & Expo, the Energy Storage Policy Forum, Storage Exchange, seminars and workshops heretofore referenced as virtual events. This Code of Conduct Policy also applies to all related events, including those sponsored by organizations other than ESA, but held in conjunction with the official virtual events, on public or private platforms.

All participants, including attendees, speakers, exhibitors, staff members, service providers, and all others are required and expected to abide by this Code of Conduct.

The virtual events aim to be inclusive to the largest number of contributors, with the most varied and diverse backgrounds possible. We are committed to providing a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or other personal characteristics. This Code of Conduct outlines our expectations for all those who participate in our virtual events as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior. We expect all participants to create safe and positive experiences for everyone.

ESA has zero-tolerance for any form of discrimination or harassment, including but not limited to sexual harassment, by participants or our staff at our meetings. If you experience harassment or hear of any incidents of unacceptable behavior, ESA asks that you inform either Becca Dietrich (b.dietrich@energystorage.org) or Jason Burwen (j.burwen@energystorage.org) so that we can take the appropriate action. All reports are confidential to the extent reasonably possible.

Unacceptable Behavior includes:
    • Intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning speech or actions by any participant at any virtual event, any related events and in one-on-one communications, including online communications, carried out in the context of an virtual event.
    • Verbal abuse of any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, staff member, service provider, or other meeting guest.
      • Examples of verbal abuse include, but are not limited to, verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion or national origin.
      • In particular, exhibitors, if applicable, should not use sexualized or stereotyped images, activities, or other material. Booth staff should not use sexualized or stereotyped clothing, uniforms, or costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized or hostile environment.
      • Be careful in the words that you choose. Harassment committed in a joking manner still constitutes unacceptable behavior. Remember that sexist, racist, and other exclusionary jokes can be offensive to those around you.
      • Excessive swearing and offensive jokes are not appropriate for our virtual events.
    • Retaliation for reporting unacceptable behavior is a violation of the Code of Conduct.
    • Inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations.
    • Threatening or stalking any attendee.
    • Disruption of presentations during any part of the virtual event including but not limited to sessions, virtual exhibit booths, workshops/Learning Labs, Networking Lounge discussions, or at any other events organized by ESA throughout the duration of the virtual event. All participants must comply with the instructions of the moderator and any event staff.
    • Presentations, postings, and messages should not contain promotional materials, special offers, job offers, product announcements, or solicitation for services. ESA reserves the right to remove such messages and potentially ban sources of those solicitations.
    • Participants may not copy or take screen shots of Q&A or any chat room activity that takes place in the virtual space.
    • Participants should make themselves aware of and act at all times consistently with ESA’s Antitrust Compliance Policy.

ESA reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary and appropriate in response to any incident of unacceptable behavior, including immediate removal from the virtual event without warning or refund, and/or the deletion of inflammatory or otherwise discriminatory comments in virtual event chats. ESA reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future virtual event or in person event.