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Visual Effects Society Adopts New Code of Conduct

Member policy bolsters group’s commitment to preventing harassment and discrimination.

LOS ANGELES -- The Visual Effects Society adopted a code of conduct for members that formalizes the society’s commitment to ensuring all its members are treated with respect, dignity and inclusion.

The VES Board of Directors unanimously ratified the code at its May board meeting. The policy underscores the society’s categorical opposition to all forms of discrimination, harassment, workplace harassment and sexual harassment and delineates the values, standards and expectations of personal and professional conduct for its membership.

Read the code of conduct here.

“The VES is entrusted with fostering a positive environment where our members are treated with integrity, and upholding the high standards befitting our honorary society,” said Mike Chambers, VES board chairman. “As a global organization, we take seriously our role within the entertainment community. We have the responsibility and opportunity to set an example in nurturing diverse relationships to support the welfare of our members and the industry at large -- and this code of conduct is an important step to achieve that.” 

“We are in the midst of a critical movement, and now is the time for our industry to evolve and take action to address and prevent harassment and discrimination,” said Brooke Breton, VES board member and chairwoman of the VES ad hoc committee on harassment. “I am extremely gratified that the society is demonstrating its leadership to address these longstanding issues and of my board colleagues in giving their enthusiastic support to this directive. Together, we have the ability to create a safer, healthier and more equitable environment for VFX artists and practitioners worldwide and enhance the overall integrity of our industry.”

As a complement to the code of conduct, the society will develop a program to provide referrals, such as legal and counseling resources, to support members who experience harassment or discrimination.

“Partnership is a key element of our priority focus on these issues,” said Breton. “The VES will actively collaborate with other organizations and support interdisciplinary entertainment industry initiatives, because we all have a vital role to play and resources to bring to the table to bring about impactful and sustainable change.”

Source: Visual Effects Society

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