The term “European Forum Alpbach” (“EFA”) in this document includes the European Forum Alpbach non-profit association (EFA association), the European Forum Alpbach non-profit private Foundation (EFA Foundation) and the European Forum Alpbach Network (FAN). If some rules apply tojust one of the institutions, it is mentioned explicitly.
Established in 1945, the European Forum Alpbach is a space and place for the emergence of reflection and action. It brings together young people from Europe and from all over the world with the most innovative minds from politics, business, civil society, culture, and science to drive ideas for a strong and democratic Europe. With this diverse, intergenerational, and interdisciplinary community, the Forum influences key actors throughout the European continent to facilitate their learning and decisions.
The EFA promotes core values of democratic societies such as inclusion, equality, intercultural understanding, fairness, integrity,and respect. It aims to strengthen the diversity of the European Union and to integrate the sustainable development strategy.
The rules contained in this Code of Conduct are not meant to replace any applicable laws. The EFA institutions and persons acting on their behalf must respect applicable legal provisions in Austria as well as in the partnering countries.
The rules contained in this Code of Conduct apply to all persons that participate in the European Forum Alpbach, namely:
Professional behaviour and appropriate conduct are required at all times with eventstaff, eventmembers and contractors inside and outside the event’s premises as well as during regional meetings, roundtables or other events organised by the EFA.
The EFA cooperates with (other) people without any distinction in terms of gender, marital status, skin colour, religion or world view, culture, education, social origin, disability, age, sexual identity,or nationality.Respect, honesty,and confidentiality are the basic values of our daily work. We expect these basic attitudes from our staff members, partners, participants,and scholarship holders. We strongly condemn any kind of discrimination.
The rules of conduct are as follows:
The EFA ensures the presence of an ombudsteam, whoprovides support andassistance in cases of discrimination and breaches of the rules stated above. The ombudsteam mediates disputes and assesses all reported cases during the annual European Forum Alpbach event and throughout the year.
We ask users of the event platform of the European Forum Alpbach to respect the Forum’s core values. We kindly ask that you follow the rules of conduct also when interacting with other participants digitally.
Behind Every Name There is a Person
In cyberspace, it is easy to forget that behind every account, there is a humanbeing.
Should it be deemed necessary, the EFA reserves its right to ban a user from the application.
The EFA encourages every participant, scholarship holder, partner of the forum and every staff member to report any concern about a violation of the rules stated above and to bring questions, suggestions,and concerns to the EFA’s attention.
When raising a concern, you are encouraged to identify yourself to facilitate communication; however, you may also choose to remain anonymous. The EFA will guarantee to protect your identity towards third parties.
If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, or if you feel that someone may have broken the Code of Conduct, please contact theombudsteam: firstname.lastname@example.org
Assessment of the case and consequences
The ombudsteam will assess each case and determine whether this Code of Conduct might have been violated. If the matter cannot be resolved to the satisfaction of all parties involved or if the ombudsteam assumes a breach of the rules of conduct/compliance, the ombudsteam will take the case to the managing directors and/or boards of the EFA association and the foundation. These EFA institutions will assess the case and take appropriate corrective action. These actions can consist of disciplinary action,e.g.,termination of employment, an exclusion of participants or scholarship holders for future events, as well as an exclusion of a Forum Alpbach Network member.