Core Values and Principles Guiding the Organization of the GBS

 

Freedom

The Global Bioeconomy Summit is held in academic freedom and independence. It seeks to unite key stakeholders in bioeconomy policy development from all hemispheres and fields of expertise– regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, appearance or skin color, or national/religious/social/political background.

Respect

Everyone will be treated with respect and consideration and encouraged to communicate openly and thoughtfully. All participants are expected to be considerate of the multitude of views and opinions that may differ. Harassment, intimidation, discrimination and verbal abuse will not be tolerated.

Integrity and non-commercial nature

The GBS is a non-commercial conference and discusses topics of global policy relevance. While concrete practical examples of sustainable solutions and flagship projects are of high interest to the organizers, speakers and participants, GBS is committed to providing a balanced perspective of opportunities and challenges and discourages any form of commercial, product or business advertising. Corruption or bribery in any form will not be tolerated. This applies to all employees involved in the organization, advisory council members, speakers and partner organizations.

Leadership

The organizers of the Global Bioeconomy Summit are expected to lead by example, to uphold and foster a culture of compliance, ethics and integrity, and to provide a secure and respectful environment.

Cooperation and participation

Only by working together across borders and disciplines by integrating academia, politics, civil society, and the private sector can the joint vision of a transition to a “sustainable bioeconomy for all” be realized. All attendees are encouraged to actively participate in the event and contribute their expertise and to not exclude others. The GBS includes use of smartphone technology that allows all participants to share input in real-time, a feature that not only gives voice to participants who do not have formal speaking roles but also allows an immediate assessment of the range of perspectives regarding bioeconomy-related topics and issues.

Accessibility and transparency

Although participation in the Global Bioeconomy Summit is free and open to all registrants with a relevant background, the conference is subject to capacity and resource limitations. In order to enable participation from around the world and from attendants with little budgetary resources, travel support is granted to a number of participants with active roles in the program. To enable wider and public participation, the event is broadcasted by live web stream and all sessions and workshops are reported. The conference movie, all reports and conference materials are made available for free on the conference website.

Sustainability

Sustainable development is at the core of the GBS. Therefore, the organizers make sure that the event organization and all GBS outputs are based on sustainable solutions and products wherever possible. This relates specifically to questions of public transport use, walking distances between conference venue and hotels, sustainable event organization and catering, re-usable exhibition materials, CO2-neutral printing and digital information, avoidance of single-use items and recycling / waste management, communication and social inclusion.