Code of Conduct

-- Preamble --

The World Health Summit (WHS) is a conference organized by the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies that takes place every year in the German capital Berlin. The vision behind the event is to improve health worldwide through collaboration and open dialogue, steering tomorrow’s agenda towards the improvement of research, education, healthcare and policy outcomes.

Freedom

The World Health Summit is held in complete academic freedom and independence. It strives to improve the health of all people, all over the world – regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, mental or physical disabilities, appearance or skin color, or national/religious/social background.

Respect

It is our principle to treat everyone with respect and consideration, to communicate openly and thoughtfully with others, and to be considerate of the multitude of views and opinions that are different than our own. We do not permit any form of harassment, intimidation or discrimination, nor do we accept physical or verbal abuse.

Integrity

Corruption or bribery in any form will not be tolerated. This applies to all employees, business partners, suppliers, distributors, and sales agents.

Leadership

We expect the leadership of the World Health Summit as well as the M8 Alliance to lead by example, to uphold and foster a culture of compliance, ethics and integrity, and to provide a secure and respectful environment.

Cooperation

We hope to see the same attitude among our attendees, and look forward to experiencing a peaceful and fruitful event together. Only by working together across all borders and integrating academia, politics, civil society, and the private sector can we achieve our joint mission of making the world a healthier place.

Participation

We call on representatives from every health-related sector to actively participate in the World Health Summit and contribute their expertise.

Disabilities

We support the active inclusion and full participation of disabled people in society, in line with the EU human rights approach to disability issues. Disability is a rights issue and not a matter of discretion. The World Health Summit will always be accessible to participants with disabilities.

(This Code of Conduct is available as PDF download as well.)