In order to encourage a free exchange of information and opinions during its events, Women in Mining UK adopted a simple code of conduct.
The Chatham House Rule applies to the reporting of discussions, seminars, meetings or events hosted by Women in Mining UK, which means that directly attributing quotes to specific participants without their consent is not allowed.
In addition you are free to use any information and materials received during a discussion, seminar, meeting or event but we would ask that such use is not detrimental to other members or attendees.
The objective of this Code of Conduct is to ensure that Women in Mining UK members, guests and speakers have the opportunity to speak freely within the context of the network or its meetings, knowing that it is understood that they speak as individuals and may express views that may not be those of their organisations, and that their comments may not be reported, quoted or published without their consent. We post the Code of Conduct at all Women in Mining UK seminars, meetings or events. Furthermore, it is in the spirit of the Code of Conduct that we circulate the list of attendees at Women in Mining UK events only to those attending the relevant event. Finally, it is to be noted that Women in Mining UK will validate, with the speaker and/or the organiser, the content and general format of any publication relating to an event or the topic thereof, prior to it or after it has taken place, whether through the Women in Mining network UK (newsletter and emails to members) or via other organisations (media partners).
The Chatham House Rule
Chatham House, home of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is a world-leading institute for the debate and analysis of international issues. Chatham House was founded in 1920 and granted its Royal Charter in 1926. It is an independent international affairs think-tank, not a government organisation, and is precluded by its Charter from expressing any institutional view or policy on any aspect of international affairs. The House has given its name to the Rule, first established here in 1927 and revised twice since, in 1992 and 2002. It reads as follows:
When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.
The world-famous Chatham House Rule may be invoked at meetings to encourage openness and the sharing of information. It is widely used by local government, commercial organisations and research organisations. When trying to determine whether participants in a meeting can be named – as long as what is said is not attributed – it is important to think about the spirit of the Rule: for example, speakers need to be named when publicising the event. The Rule is more about the dissemination of the information after the event: nothing should be done to identify, either explicitly or implicitly, who said what.
For more information about the Royal Institute of International Affairs and the Chatham House Rule, please click here to visit their website. Please contact us if you have any queries or comments about this.