The National Hemophilia Foundation’s educational and fundraising events provide an important avenue for the exchange of information and resources intended to help improve the quality of life and quality of care for all members of the bleeding disorders community. All individuals and groups attending NHF sponsored events, including national chapter events, should be assured the opportunity for (1) unencumbered access to information and resources, and (2) a secure or non-threatening environment within which they can share information, interests, and ideas. Under no circumstance will NHF or its chapters allow the participation of individual members of the bleeding disorders community, or others in attendance, to be compromised by potentially threatening language or potentially threatening actions or activities.
It is the policy of the National Hemophilia Foundation that all participants, including attendees, exhibitors, vendors, NHF staff, chapters, volunteers, and all other stakeholders at NHF meetings, events, and conferences both in-person and virtually will conduct themselves in a professional manner that is welcoming to all participants and free from any form of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.
Participants will treat each other with respect and consideration to create a collegial, respectful, inclusive, and professional environment at NHF conferences both in-person and virtually. Creating a supportive environment to enable scientific discourse at NHF meetings is the responsibility of all participants.
To that end, we believe setting forth a clear set of behavioral expectations promotes an atmosphere of dignity and respect for all.
NHF appreciates and values individual differences and welcomes diversity in its broadest definition. Many different opinions and experiences may be shared during educational events that may touch you personally and often emotionally. While we strongly encourage passion as you share your stories, we offer some tips to keep it professional:
We would also like to summarize some key points of NHF’s Policy on No Harassment. We expect all conference attendees, consumers, volunteers, exhibitors, industry professionals, and guests to comply with the principles of this policy as well as all NHF employees. NHF’s policy covers conduct in the workplace as well as at social and business functions sponsored by NHF.
NHF is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all meeting participants and staff. All participants including, but not limited to attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, staff, and service providers, are expected to abide by this NHF Code of Conduct, and this code applies to all NHF meeting related events including virtual meetings and those sponsored by organizations other than NHF but held in conjunction with NHF events, either in public or private facilities. In addition, NHF members must adhere to the NHF Code of Ethics.
Complaint Resolution Procedure
Any instances of harassment, discrimination, not following COVID-19 guidelines, or inappropriate behavior at the NHF or NHF Chapter sponsored event should be reported immediately to the following NHF employees:
Senior Policy and Healthcare Analyst
Vice President of Public Policy
Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior
Upon receiving a report of unacceptable behavior, NHF’s priority will be the safety and security of participants. Sanctions for violating this Code of Conduct may range from verbal warning, being denied access to remainder of the meeting, event or conference, to notification of appropriate authorities. Retaliation for complaints of inappropriate conduct will not be tolerated.
All information regarding harassment complaints will be kept in confidence to the greatest extent practical and appropriate under the circumstances. NHF will conduct a prompt and thorough investigation to determine the facts. NHF will review its findings with the complainant at the conclusion of the investigation. No person who files a complaint in good faith or participates in the complaint resolution process will be subject to retaliation of any kind for that activity. NHF will take such actions or reasonable steps as necessary to put an end to the harassment.
Please help us to ensure that all participants enjoy an inclusive, safe and respectful event experience.