About the Society and its Work
The American Society of Brewing Chemists was founded in 1934 to improve and bring uniformity to the brewing industry on a technical level. Today, ASBC is comprised of individual and corporate members worldwide representing breweries of all sizes, the allied industries that supply the brewing industry, academic researchers, government agencies, and organizations associated with regulation of the brewing industry. ASBC provides:
- Analytical, scientific process control methods to ensure high quality and safety standards
- Science-based approaches and solutions to industry-wide issues
- Scientific support to evaluate raw materials for optimum performance
- Professional development opportunities
Vision and Mission
ASBC will promote its vision as the global community for scientific excellence in brewing by:
- Being the global leader in scientific methods of analysis for the brewing industry
- Attracting the highest quality science and research in brewing for publication
- Providing dynamic forums for presenting and exchanging brewing science, attracting the international scientific community
- Continually positioning ASBC as a recognized high-involvement, approachable community focused on advancing scientific excellence in brewing
- Ensuring the health, relevance, and vitality of the organization
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Code of Conduct
The American Society of Brewing Chemists (ASBC) values the participation of each member of the community in the work of the ASBC. Our goal is to deliver excellent continuing education, the development and distribution of scientific methods of analysis and to promote and provide quality resources in all aspects of the brewing industry.
In accomplishing those goals, the ASBC is dedicated to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race or religion. We do not tolerate harassment by members in any form. All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of diverse backgrounds and cultures. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate.
ASBC members strive to increase the integrity of the profession by sharing the results of their research through academic and commercial endeavors, or public service. ASBC members shall not commit scientific misconduct, defined as fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism. However, scientific error or incorrect interpretation of research data that may occur as part of the scientific process does not constitute scientific misconduct.
Members are expected to conduct themselves with integrity, courtesy and respect for others and maintain a high level of professionalism in all interactions, via email or written communication, face to face conversations and at all conference programs and events, whether officially sponsored by ASBC or not. Membership in the ASBC requires acknowledgement of this ASBC Code of Conduct and its Sexual Harassment policy upon joining and renewal.
Members who violate the Code of Conduct or Sexual Harassment Policy may face disciplinary action per the ASBC Bylaws, including the revocation or suspension of ASBC membership and volunteer positions, or be asked to leave an event or associated activity without a refund of any paid fees or travel expenses. By acknowledging the code and policy in joining, renewing or registering for an event, the member or attendee accepts as final the recommended course of action approved by the Board of Directors.
Additionally, within the conduct of our events, ASBC members may share and enjoy alcoholic beverages. Responsible consumption of these beverages is the acceptable guiding principle for consumption at or in conjunction with ASBC activities. ASBC members representing the association are responsible for protecting the image of both the ASBC and the brewing industry by taking steps to assure that no member, to include themselves, will break any laws in the process of purchase, sharing, or consumption of alcoholic beverages in association with ASBC sponsored events.
Sexual Harassment Policy
ASBC policy specifically prohibits sexual harassment by or against any employee, member, officer, volunteer, vendor, or customer.
The policy covers sexual harassment complaints that fall within the scope of official ASBC activities, such as but not limited to, day-to-day operations, meetings, educational programs, committee activities, etc. The Society believes that mutually respectful, pleasant, non-coercive interactions between individuals will best serve the well-being of each individual, as well as that of the Society. Sexual harassment of anyone will not be tolerated.
Sexual harassment is defined as follows: Any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes harassment when:
- Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's volunteer opportunities or participation within the ASBC.
- Submissions to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for volunteer decisions or treatment affecting such individual.
- Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's involvement or participation or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. (Physical or verbal advances, remarks, jokes, teasing or posting of sexually explicit pictures are a few examples).
Sexual harassment may occur in situations where one person has power over another, but it can also occur between equals. Both men and women can be sexually harassed, though women are most often victimized. Sexual harassment need not involve physical conduct. Spoken words and non-favorable gestures of a sexual nature may constitute sexual harassment.
If you believe that you have been sexually harassed, or have witnessed any type of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior you should:
- Advise the person causing the sexual harassment that such behavior is inappropriate and that you would like it to stop.
- If you prefer not to discuss the matter with that person, or that person fails to respect your request, you should promptly report such sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior to an ASBC officer or staff member.
Upon such report, ASBC will investigate your complaint and attempt to resolve it, giving careful consideration to protecting the rights and dignity of all people involved to the extent that circumstances will permit.
No adverse or retaliatory action whatever will be taken against an individual for filing a sexual harassment complaint with ASBC.
Any member or volunteer found to have engaged in sexual harassment will be subject to suspension and/or termination of membership, and/or loss of volunteer positions. Any vendor or customer found to have engaged in sexual harassment shall temporarily or permanently be suspended from doing business with ASBC. If the behavior occurs at an ASBC event or an associated activity, the individual may be asked to leave the event without any refund of registration fees or travel expenses.