code of conduct

Rum Royale is dedicated to creating a safer space for learning about and enjoying rum responsibly where we prioritize consent and respect.  We want to ensure our events are participatory, local, safer, and inclusive experiences for all of our attendees, vendors, sponsors, volunteers, committee members, and staff.

 

Everyone at Rum Royale, including attendees, vendors, sponsors, volunteers, committee members and staff, are governed by our Code of Conduct and are required to adhere to the standards of conduct established herein:

  1.  All people will be addressed by their preferred pronoun and we shall use inclusive language such as "folx". Please feel comfortable in stating your pronoun preference.

  2. As part of Rum Royale’s duty of care, Rum Royale is dedicated to a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments (related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race and religion), sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

  3. The safety of attendees is among our top priorities, Rum Royale will address any allegations brought to our attention with support; a thoughtful investigation and review; and appropriate sanctions in partnership with The Dandelion Initiative, a non-profit organization providing safety education and gender-based violence response-education to the hospitality industry. 

  4. if someone makes you, or anyone else with you feels unsafe or unwelcome, please disclose this to us as soon as possible. If you wish to report an incident or harassing behaviour on-site, look for Security or our Safety Stewards who will be dressed in red Rum Royale t-shirts.

  5. If you prefer to disclose this after the event, please email Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Kristina Chau at kristina@rumroyale.com who will personally ensure a timely response and the utmost discretion.

  6. Rum Royale will follow regulations set forth by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission. At the Festival Tasting Day, vendors will only pour ¼ oz. samples for attendees and will not serve anyone whom they believe to have consumed an excessive amount of alcohol.

  7. At the Festival Tasting Day, all samples will be poured by Smart-Serve certified vendors only. Samples will be poured into the tasting glasses provided and must be consumed at the event. It is against event policy and licensing regulations for samples to be poured or transferred into other containers or bottles and taken away from the venue.

  8. Attendees are strongly encouraged to eat before and during any of the events, as well as encouraged to drink plenty of water and take regular breaks from tastings. There will be spittoons at all vendor booths and free drinking water available in easily visible locations throughout the venue.

  9. At any of our events, Safety Stewards and Security will be on duty throughout to offer help and protection of all visitors and vendors. Security will ask anyone who is inebriated or becomes disruptive or offensive to other visitors or vendors to leave the event immediately.

  10. No re-admittance will be granted to anyone who has been asked to leave the event or who has been removed from the event for the above reasons.

  11. In the case of an emergency, please dial 911 and notify a staff person, Safety Steward or Security personnel as soon as possible.

  12. Both of our signature events, the Festival Tasting Day and the Seminar Day, offer full accessibility for wheelchairs. If you have any special requirements or are likely to require additional assistance, please advise us by September 12, 2020, at info@rumroyale.com so we may make the appropriate accommodations.

  13. If you require ASL interpretation at either the Festival Tasting Day or our Seminar Day, please email us by September 12, 2020, to info@rumroyale.com so we may make the appropriate accommodations.

If you have any questions or concerns about our Code of Conduct, please email us at info@rumroyale.com or fill out the form on our Contact Page. We appreciate your acknowledgement and commitment to inclusive and safer events with us.