Diversity & Inclusion

IBC is dedicated to providing our attendees a professional, safe, positive and harassment free environment and experience at our show, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical appearance, disability, age, religious beliefs or race.

Learn more about our commitment to diversity & inclusion below.

IBC Diversity and Inclusion Policy

What we believe

IBC recognises that diversity is not only is a moral obligation, but also contributes to its business success. IBC is therefore dedicated to encouraging supportive and inclusive environments for our people, partners and audiences.

IBC’s commitment to diversity, is reflected in our recruitment processes, our working environment and the products we deliver. At work, we are dedicated to promoting an inclusive culture where people are encouraged to succeed to the best of their ability. Our events and experiences aim to embrace inclusion, diversity and promote equality of opportunity.

Diversity is about recognising and valuing the contribution of people from different backgrounds, with different perspectives and experiences. Diversity includes but is not limited to gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnicity, religious beliefs and cultural background. Those who interact with IBC can expect fair consideration, regardless of their background.

We put diversity at the heart of what we do because alternative perspectives so often spark the innovative thinking needed to achieve our business goals. Our objective is to foster a culture where differences are embraced and barriers to progression in our industry are overcome.

In the Workplace

IBC’s commitment to diversity, from management, through to the Board and throughout the organisation, means that the team continuously works to ensure an environment that is supportive of equal opportunity and access to career development, remuneration, and benefits through the implementation of procedures and policies which support, among other matters, diversity.

These include policies on:

  • Ensuring fair treatment
  • Dignity at work
  • Equal Opportunity - The Law
    • Unlawful discrimination
    • Direct discrimination
    • Indirect discrimination

At the Show

Our core activity is the staging of the annual IBC Show and publishing online content on IBC365, thus our area of biggest impact and positive change in the media, technology and entertainment industry is through the products we deliver. Through our products, we are committed to driving meaningful and sustainable change with the aim of creating a diverse and better industry.

Our commitments include:

  • Creation of a Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Advisory Group composed of independent senior business leaders from our industry, supported by an internal D&I Working Group
  • Ensuring diversity by design – we aim to improve representation of society on stage and in our content programmes
  • Profiling and putting a spotlight on new talent and role models in our industry on IBC365
  • Providing thought-leadership commentary, video round tables and opinion pieces on D&I challenges and progress within our industry 
  • Creating inclusive business, technology and creative communities at IBC by hosting networking activities

With these and other measures, we believe we are continuing to make a positive impact on our customers world-wide, the communities we work in and serve, and our people.

Our policy is regularly monitored and reviewed annually to ensure that equality and diversity is continually promoted in the workplace and at the Show.

Diversity and Inclusion Charter of Commitments

The focus of IBC’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative is to manage a successful and sustainable organisation in a sustainable and ethical way by taking ownership of corporate decisions and improving them. IBC strive to conduct its business in an ethical manner and works towards having a more positive impact on society.

Three core elements form IBC’s CSR initiative:

  • Environmental Impact and Sustainability
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Community and Charity Endeavours

This document outlines our Charter of Commitments to Diversity and Inclusion (D&I)

What are we going to do?

IBC is committed to threading diversity into its overall business strategy, vision and purpose to ensure that all stakeholders receive fair treatment. The aim is to highlight and address issues surrounding gender, ethnic diversity, age, religion and education in the industry.

Our approach is to take a phased approached to addressing D&I and focus on Gender Equality in Year One. 

Gender equality: Mission statement

IBC is committed to supporting our industry and breaking down historical barriers by celebrating female role models and inspiring the next generation of female leaders.

Our aim is to support an inclusive community by bringing together like-minded individuals who are passionate about driving positive change within our industry. We celebrate those who have influence and ask them to share their success stories to inspire tomorrow’s female leaders.   By making successes tangible, we aim to create the type of inspiration that turns ambition into reality and moves the debate out of theory and into practice.

Our focus is about raising awareness throughout entire organisations in the media & broadcast industry about gender diversity and offering practical support in laying the foundations for the next wave of women leaders.

How are we going to do it?

Year 1

Charter of commitments:

  • A pledge to achieve a 30:70 female:male ratio on stage 
  • A pledge to increase the number of female visitors at IBC by 20% yoy
  • Publish a Show Code of Conduct

Supporting activities:

  • Creation of a D&I Advisory Group composed of independent senior business leaders from our industry, supported by an internal D&I Working Group
  • Diversity by design – we aim to improve representation of society on stage and in our content programmes
  • Profiling and putting a spotlight on new talent and role models in our industry on IBC365
  • Providing thought-leadership commentary, video round tables and opinion pieces on D&I challenges and progress within our industry 
  • Creating inclusive business, technology and creative communities at IBC by hosting networking activities
  • Create a campaign which raises awareness of the issues, as well as drives positivity

Year 2

  • Work with the IBC D&I Advisory Group and key stakeholders to develop activities started in 2018
  • To ensure the initiative continues to be driven all year-round 
  • To identify and focus on another area of D&I   
  • Measure the impact of IBC activities through metrics and sentiment

Year 3

  • Increase the scope of activities and partnerships

Who are we doing it for?

IBC’s D&I activities aim to support our entire industry.  It is weaved throughout the fabric of our business and has no boundaries.   Diversity ties into our overall business strategy, vision and purpose.

What value are we bringing?

  • It creates a competitive advantage and strengthens the IBC brand
  • It further increases trust with shareholders, customers and employees
  • Drives positive and sustainable change within the media, entertainment and technology industry
IBC Code of Conduct

IBC is dedicated to providing our attendees a professional, safe, positive and harassment-free environment and experience at our show, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical appearance, disability, age, religious beliefs or race.

IBC is not a place for inappropriate, disruptive, or abusive behaviour, either in person or online. 

Our Code of Conduct sets principles that requires all attendee’s (staff, exhibitors, sponsors, visitors, speakers, delegates, press and contractors) to cooperate to help ensure a positive experience for all who attend the IBC show.  

If for any reason IBC deems that any attendee has failed to meet the standards set by this Code of Conduct at the show or online, IBC reserves the right to take the appropriate actions, including revoking an individual’s or group’s passes without refund and/or being removed from the premises.

IBC Anti-Harassment Guidelines

IBC will not tolerate harassment of event attendees in any form. All attendees are expected to comply with our guidelines to promote a respectful and positive environment and experience for the duration of the event, including social events and online. IBC will not tolerate the following behaviors:

  • Offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, ethnicity, or religious beliefs
  • The use of sexualised materials, content or images in and around the venue and on social media
  • Deliberate intimidation, following or stalking
  • Inappropriate photography
  • Inappropriate physical contact and unwelcome sexual attention
  • Inappropriate dress of a sexual nature

IBC Exhibitor Dress Code Guidelines
All staff on or around exhibition stands are expected to dress in a business or business casual attire. Exhibitors, and sponsors in and around the halls are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualised images, activities, or other material. Exhibitors should ensure their stand staff and promotional staff (including stand host, promotional staff) should not use sexualised clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualised environment, nor should they wear clothing deemed inappropriate towards other cultures and nationalities. 

IBC requests that all exhibiting companies ensure their stand staff adhere to appropriate event attire. If for any reason your attire is deemed inappropriate or offensive, as the event organiser, IBC reserves the right to take the appropriate actions (e.g. individual staff will be requested to change their attire or being removed from the premises). 

Reporting a Complaint to IBC

If you experience or notice a violation of this Code of Conduct at IBC, please contact a member of IBC staff immediately.  

Reporting of complaints can be made in person to IBC staff, at the IBC organiser’s offices, by telephone +31 (0) 640852750 (between 9:30-18:00) or by email at codeofconduct@ibc.org

Reporting of incidents will be held in the strictest of confidence and escalated to the appropriate IBC personnel to take action accordingly.

All violations of the law should be reported to local law enforcement. For emergencies that occur at the RAI venue, dial the emergency number + 31 (0)20 549 1234. For emergencies that occur outside of the RAI, immediately dial the national emergency number 112