Meeting Conduct Policy & Anti-Trust Compliance Statement

Meeting Conduct Policy

As a professional society, the National Hydropower Association is committed to providing an atmosphere that encourages the free expression and exchange of ideas. Consistent with this commitment, it is the policy of the NHA that all participants in NHA activities will enjoy a welcoming environment, free from unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation, and comply with NHA’s anti-trust policy. All participants in NHA activities also agree to comply with all rules and conditions of the activities, which are subject to change. This policy applies to all participants in NHA activities, including but not limited to event attendees, students, guests, staff, contractors, exhibitors, and participants in sessions, tours, and other social events of any NHA meeting or other activity.

All individuals must behave responsibly in NHA activities in which they participate. Threatening physical or verbal actions and disorderly or disruptive conduct will not be tolerated. Harassment, including verbal comments relating to gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, gender identity or expression, veteran status or other protected status, or sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, unauthorized or inappropriate photography or recording, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention, will not be tolerated. All individuals participating in NHA activities must comply with these standards of behavior.

Violations should be reported to the organizer of the activity. In NHA’s sole discretion, unacceptable behavior may result in removal or denial of access to meeting facilities or activities, and other penalties, without refund of any applicable registration fees or costs. In addition, violations may be reported to the individual’s employer. Repeat offenders may be banned from future NHA activities.

Anti-Trust Compliance Statement

For meetings/calls with actual or potential competitors

While we believe that the ultimate goals of this meeting are procompetitive, it is essential that we observe certain ground rules when we conduct meetings involving entities that are, or may be viewed as, competitors.

As participants in this meeting, we need to be mindful of the constraints of applicable antitrust or competition laws.  Competitors generally may not limit competition among themselves through understandings or agreements regarding the production, sale or distribution of their products or services or otherwise unreasonably restrain trade.  Accordingly, this meeting shall not be used as a means for discussing, exchanging information about or reaching any understanding or agreement, formal or informal, among competitors or potential competitors with regard to (i) rates; (ii) pricing or other terms and conditions of purchase or sale; (iii) limiting supplies of any good or service; (iv) marketing plans or (v) the allocation of customers served or territories covered.  The participants in this meeting also shall not engage in any discussion or take any action which might be construed as an attempt to prevent any vendor or competitor from gaining access to any market for goods or services, or to prevent any vendor or competitor from obtaining a supply of goods or services freely in the market.  Any departure from these ground rules could result in severe civil and criminal penalties both as to individuals and their employers.

Any questions regarding the appropriateness of a line of discussion or other action should be referred to legal counsel.  All meeting participants are expected to observe the same standard of personal conduct with respect to informal conversations among themselves as they are required to observe in this meeting.