ASTRON is committed to achieving a fair and welcoming work environment for all.

We believe that our staff should reflect our society – a diverse workforce successfully working together regardless of our real or perceived differences. We consider it vital that all of our employees, interns and guests feel valued, regardless of their background, sex, age, sexual orientation, (physical) ability or any other point of difference. We work to keep an environment where everyone feels safe at work and can perform at their best.

NWO has a Diversity Charter and we state these aims via the Dwingeloo Code of Conduct which sets out our core values and expectations of behaviour.

The Dwingeloo Code of Conduct

ASTRON is dedicated to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, age, political opinion or religion. We do not tolerate harassment in any form of our employees or visitors.

All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery should not be used at any time. This applies to presentations and posters at conferences and in meetings, but also to general conduct.

Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down others. Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate.

Anyone violating this code may be asked to leave our premises pending investigation. For conference attendees, this is at the discretion of the conference organisers. In all cases the director of ASTRON or their representative will hear both parties involved on the shortest possible notice. Based on the outcome, further actions may be taken.

This code of conduct is based on one originally designed for an astronomy conference in London, adapted by Andrew Pontzen and Hiranya Peiris from a document by Software Carpentry, which itself derives from original Creative Commons documents by PyCon and Geek Feminism.

Implementation of our Diversity policies and adherence to our codes of conduct are the responsibility of the Management Team. In support there is a Dwingeloo diversity committee whose role is to advise, stimulate and support these efforts.

Workplace Pride

Since January 1, 2019 NWO - and ASTRON as an NWO institute - is a member of Workplace Pride. Workplace Pride is a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to improving the lives of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgenders and Intersex (LGBTI) people in workplaces all over the world. We strive for a world of inclusive workplaces where LGBTI people can truly be themselves, are valued and, through their contribution, help to lead the way for others.

NWO seeks to realise excellent science, which flourishes and has a maximum impact on our society. One aspect of this is encouraging an inclusive science culture with a view of diversity in the broadest sense of the word. Diversity leads to inspiration, creativity and innovation. NWO's membership of the organisation Workplace Pride fits within the broad strategy to increase diversity within the organisation and in the realisation of our work, also with respect to gender, cultural and ethnic background, et cetera.

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