Our Code Of Conduct
At Unity we have always done everything we can to be an inclusive, open and safe space for all of our staff and customers, it's one of the reasons we named our brewery Unity. However, inspired by Brienne Allen of the Brave Noise initiative (www.bravenoisebeer.com), we have felt it's about time to get this down on paper to insure there is an official document that we work by so our staff and customers can feel confident we're putting our actions where our mouth is. Below you will find our written code of conduct, which has been integrated into our staff policies and handbook.
Big love and great beer as always,
Unity Brewing Founder
UNITY CODE OF CONDUCT
At Unity, we stand for togetherness and believe in treating all people with fairness, kindness, inclusion and equity. Our values are Together, Modern and Positive. We always strive to be a force for good - for our customers, our industry and the world overall.
Our Code of Conduct comprises the formal policy we have in place to enable and enforce this ambition in operational practice.
The purpose of this code of conduct (CoC) is to set guidelines around preemptive behaviours, outline conducts considered unacceptable and explain what to do about any violations of this code.
This CoC aims to inspire positive and acceptable behaviours and outlines behaviours and conduct that are not acceptable at any level.
WHO IS IT FOR?
This CoC applies to all employees, suppliers, volunteers, contractors and customers while on company property, on company time, at company sponsored events and festivals or as representatives of Unity Brewing Co at any time.
We expect all people for whom this policy applies to act with integrity, courtesy and respect for others.
HOW WE WORK
At Unity we are dedicated to providing an enjoyable, satisfying and effective experience at work. This means an environment without embarrassment, distress or harm for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion.
We do not tolerate harassment of employees, customers, or vendors in any form.
We have zero tolerance for racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, violence, discrimination or harassment in any way, shape or form. These behaviours include but are not limited to -
- Abuse or assault - verbal, physical or written
- Belittling or subtle expressions of bias
- Bullying, intimidation, or victimisation
- Failure to comply with company values
- Harassment, including:
- Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, age, race, or religion.
- Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment.
- Deliberate misgendering or use of ‘dead’ or rejected names.
- Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behavior in spaces where they’re not appropriate.
- Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like “*hug*”) without consent or after a request to stop.
- Threats of violence.
- Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm.
- Deliberate intimidation.
- Stalking or following.
- Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes.
- Sustained disruption of discussion.
- Unwelcome sexual attention.
- Pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others
- Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease.
- Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect vulnerable people from intentional abuse.
- Publication of non-harassing private communication.
- Inappropriate use of company property or assets
This includes subtle behaviours or interactions in violation of any of the above, which can be just as harmful as more obvious ones.
WHAT IS ACCEPTABLE CONDUCT, IN THIS CONTEXT?
Isolated (non-continuous) incidents of unreasonable behaviour such as abruptness, sharpness or rudeness - whilst unacceptable - will generally not be considered to amount to a violation of this CoC. Nor will legitimate, constructive and fair feedback on a member of staff’s performance or behaviour at work.
However, individuals may want to let the other person know how their behaviour has made them feel in order to avoid a repeat of any behaviour causing discomfort at work. Their manager will be available to support and facilitate this if needed.
REPORTING A CONDUCT CONCERN
If you need to report a concern -
Whether you are an employee or a third party, if you feel a violation of this code of conduct has occurred or you think it may have occurred, please contact your manager directly or email@example.com
Unity Brewing Co’s Leadership is fully committed to upholding this CoC and we will support you fully. After a concern is reported, the Leadership will respond to you in confidence and then begin the process of investigation, including gathering full details in a sensitive and, if necessary, anonymised, manner.
Any serious allegations of discrimination or harassment will be dealt with by an external HR company to ensure fair, transparent, non-biased action is taken.
If you are reported -
If you are approached as having (consciously or otherwise) acted in a way that might make your teammates feel unwelcome, listen with an open mind and avoid becoming defensive.
Remember that if someone offers you feedback, it likely took a great deal of courage for them to do so. The best way to respect that courage is to acknowledge your mistake, apologise, and move on — with a renewed commitment to do better.
That said, repeated or severe violations of this code can and will be addressed by our leadership, and can lead to disciplinary actions, including termination.
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS CODE OF CONDUCT
Failure to act within the terms of our Code of Conduct for our employees will result in appropriate disciplinary actions and process.
Failure to act within the terms of our Code of Conduct by guests to our business premises will result in being asked to leave the premises, and may result in a lifetime ban.