Code of Conduct for the American Craft Spirits Association

The American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) is dedicated to providing a harassment-free networking experience, including but not limited to conventions, vendor trade shows, master classes, and spirits judging competitions (collectively, “Events”), for everyone regardless of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. We do not tolerate harassment of Event participants in any form. Sexual or discriminatory language and imagery is not appropriate for any Event venue, including education programs. Participants at the ACSA Events violating these rules may be warned or expelled from the Event at the discretion of ACSA.

Harassment includes offensive oral comments related to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity, sexual and or discriminatory images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of programs or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, ACSA may take any action it deems appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the Event.

If you are being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the ACSA staff or its counsel immediately.

ACSA staff can be identified by their name badges, and will help participants contact ACSA Board members, hotel/venue security, or local law enforcement, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the convention, vendor trade show, master classes, or spirits judging competition. We expect participants to follow these rules at all ACSA sponsored venues and convention-related social events.

PROCEDURES

  • Any participant experiencing harassment should immediately report the incident to the ACSA staff or its counsel.
  • The ACSA staff will assist the complainant in contacting a member of the ACSA Board of Directors or counsel, facility security personnel, or local law enforcement to ensure they feel safe for the duration of the convention or event.
  • It is the responsibility of the complainant to work directly with facility security or law enforcement to initiate security or legal enforcement.
  • ACSA staff or legal counsel will follow-up with facility security or law enforcement to request a report that outlines their course of action.

ACSA staff or legal counsel will follow-up with complainant to inform them of any course of action taken.

Further, the Board of Directors of ACSA will not suggest, advocate, condone or participate in the excessive, abusive, underage or irresponsible consumption of beverage alcohol products, provide or furnish beverage alcohol or branded material to any person below the age of 21, appear consuming alcohol if visibly pregnant (if applicable), or otherwise commit any act or do anything that is or shall be an offense involving moral turpitude under Federal, State and/or local laws, that may tend to bring said Director, ACSA or any ACSA sponsor into public disrepute, contempt, scandal, or ridicule, that might tend to insult or offend the community or any substantial organized group thereof, or that might tend to injure the success of ACSA or any of its sponsors or their products.

—Approved by the ACSA Board of Directors in 2016

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