Agreements & Policies


VOLUNTEER AGREEMENT & OTHER POLICIES


WAYS OF WORKING

It is crucial, as a principled regenerative movement, that we hold ourselves to the highest standards in everything we do as part of Animal Rebellion. This agreement covers the points you must agree to in order to act in and on behalf of Animal Rebellion.

That we adhere to the 10 Principles & Values, the  Code of Conduct for Group Chats and, if necessary, the Conflict resolution process (available from the Conflict Team).
The rest of this Agreement covers some obligations we all have as volunteers: protecting our and others’ privacy (Privacy Policy), respecting confidentiality (confidentiality agreement), using the Technology Services Animal Rebellion provides, and what happens if we don’t stick to our commitments in this Agreement (Breaching this agreement).

This page also explains our Data Protection, our Terms of Service and how our website operates. 
Please do read to the end – it’s not too long and you’ll learn some crucial things about how things work within Animal Rebellion.


CODE OF CONDUCT FOR GROUP CHATS

1. Purpose

To build a culture of care and respect.

Spaces that are designed to form an inclusive and welcoming environment which help make members feel welcome and appreciated.

To help Animal Rebellion communities to form a healthy culture grounded on mutual respect, reliance and support. 

To ensure that Animal Rebellion spaces show respect and consideration to all. 

We invite all those who participate in Animal Rebellion to help us create safe and inclusive experiences for everyone. 

2. The Open Model

A supplemental goal of this Code of Conduct is to increase open community by encouraging all individuals to recognise and strengthen the relationships between our roles, actions and their effects on each other.

Communities mirror the societies in which they exist and positive behaviour is essential to empower our community members to reflect the values we wish to see in the world. 

3. Behaviour

The following behaviours are expected and requested of the Animal Rebellion Community;

Participate in an authentic and active way. In doing so, you contribute to the health and well-being of this community.

Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions, and believe in others’ good faith, practicing radical trust.

Attempt collaboration before conflict – call in rather than call out. 

Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or hostile behaviour and speech.

Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow rebels. 

Alert the community team if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of the Animal Rebellion Principles & Values and this Code of Conduct, even if they seem inconsequential.

Be open to others’ feedback when they express discomfort or by certain behaviours, practicing radical self reflection.

Embody the ideals of acceptance and nonviolence, embodying “We live in a toxic system, but no one individual is to blame.” We engage in no violence, physical or verbal, and carry no weapons, physical or verbal.

Respect the privacy and confidentiality needs of other community members and volunteers.

4. Unacceptable Behaviour

Unacceptable behaviours within our community, both on and offline, including on any personal social media accounts (this includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc, on one’s own page, while interacting with others’ posts, on Animal Rebellion community page, groups or events, and in any group chats or forums) include but are not limited to the following:

-Violence, threats of violence or violent language directed against another person.

-Speciesist, sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, ageist, or otherwise discriminatory jokes and/or language.

-Posting or displaying sexually explicit or violent material.

-Posting or threatening to post other people’s personally identifying information (“doxing”).

-Personal attacks, including those related to species, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability, and including both on- and off-line insults.

-Hacking, impersonation, or any other form of virtual harassment.

-Inappropriate photography or recording.

-Inappropriate physical contact, including any non consensual physical contact.

-Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes: sexualised comments or jokes; inappropriate touching, groping, unwelcome advances, invasion of personal space, and any other behaviour that makes another individual uncomfortable.

-Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following (online or in person).

-Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour.

-Dishonesty or deception to manipulate other individuals.

5. Consequences of Unacceptable Behaviour

Unacceptable behaviour from anyone will not be tolerated.

If an individual within our community engages in unacceptable behaviour, the community team may take any action they deem appropriate.

6. Reporting Guidelines

If you are subject to or witness unacceptable behaviour, or have any other concerns, please notify a community team member as soon as possible conduct@animalrebellion.org

Immediate action will be taken, ranging from constructive criticism or mediation in instances of mild interpersonal conflict to immediate indefinite removal and / or intervention by a trained third party in instances of sexual misconduct or assault.

In the context of in-person events, the community team will also provide escorts as desired by the person experiencing distress.

Reports are held confidential until otherwise authorised by reporting parties.

7. Addressing Grievances

If you feel you have been falsely or unfairly accused of violating this Code of Conduct, email a report with a concise description of your grievance to conduct@animalrebellion.org

8. Scope

We expect all community participants (contributors, paid or otherwise; sponsors; and other guests) to abide by this Code of Conduct in all community venues or events–online and in-person–as well as in all one-on-one communications pertaining to community business.

This code of conduct and its related procedures also applies to unacceptable behaviour occurring outside the scope of community activities when such behaviour has the potential to adversely affect the safety and well-being of community members.

10. Alcohol and Other Drugs

All official actions organised by Animal Rebellion will be free of alcohol and illegal drugs. Events may occasionally be organised off site, e.g. dinner gatherings at restaurants, bars or pubs where alcohol will be available for purchase. In all cases, we strongly recommend that Animal Rebellion Community members drink responsibly.


DATA PROTECTION

Adhering to a set of principles for how we handle data helps build trust between ourselves, and between us and other movements/bodies.

As a volunteer you’ll both provide, and be privy to, individuals’ personally identifiable data, from basic contact details like name, telephone number and email, to more obviously confidential or special category information. We’ll collectively refer to all of this as ‘Data’ in the rest of this Agreement.

It is important you keep all that information secure and strictly confidential and use it only for the purpose for which it was provided.

We need to treat our Data the way we do one another and our planet, with love and care. So, we’re going to keep it simple.

  • We’ll protect our Data from misuse. 
  • We’ll ensure it’s only used in ways that are lawful under data protection law. Usually, when we are dealing with the Data of Rebels, or people who want to know more about us, we will obtain their express consent to use their Data. In some cases, though, we will rely on another permitted reason. For more details, see our Privacy Policy (below).
  • Where we rely on consent, we’ll guarantee choice; that consent can always be withdrawn.

If you bear these principles in mind, and follow the guidelines below, when handling yours or others’ Data, we’ll be in a safe place.

I agree to the following:

  • I have read and will comply with Animal Rebellion’s Privacy Policy (below).
  • Animal Rebellion is the data controller
  • I am acting in a voluntary capacity in assisting Animal Rebellion in processing Data. 
  • I will comply with data protection law when storing, processing, and transferring Data. 

I will:

  • Protect our Data, treat it as confidential and ensure that it is stored securely. 
  • Only process Data for the purpose for which it was provided, and with a lawful justification. 
  • Assist with subject access and other requests and potential removal or correction of Data.

I will read and comply with Animal Rebellion’s general Policies and Procedures for handling Data, and those appropriate to my role, as provided to me (and understand these may be updated from time to time), and attend training when asked to, to make sure I am clear on what I need to do.

I understand that breaches of this policy could incur severe financial penalties and other sanctions for Animal Rebellion.

TECHNOLOGY SERVICES

I understand that the technology services that Animal Rebellion runs (including but not limited to Mattermost chat service, Telegram, Signal, WhatsApp, etc.) are provided under binding Terms of Service (see below) and I have read and agree to comply with these.


CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT

  • I understand that during my volunteering with Animal Rebellion, as well as access to personal Data, I may have access to other information of a confidential nature, whether relating to Animal Rebellion or other movements/bodies, and whether relating to their activities, finances, planning or otherwise. I may receive this information either verbally or in writing. 
  • By confirming my acceptance of this agreement, I agree that all such information is held on trust, will be kept strictly confidential, and will not be discussed outside Animal Rebellion or in general conversation. I agree that I will never use it, or allow it to be used, for my own purposes, or the purposes of anyone outside Animal Rebellion. If I step down from a role, or end my involvement with Animal Rebellion, I will transfer all Data held by me or delete it, whichever is requested.
  • I understand that my duty of confidentiality lasts for as long as the information remains confidential, and continues after my involvement with Animal Rebellion has ended.

TERMS OF SERVICE

These Terms of Service govern your access and use of software & services (the “Service/s”) provided by Animal Rebellion Ltd.

Please read them carefully, these Terms of Service apply to you —the prospective Rebel reading these words. We are grateful you’re here! These Terms of Service are Legally Binding.

By accessing the services, you agree to be bound by the Terms of Service.

You may:

Use the services for the purpose of supporting and promoting the objectives of Animal Rebellion (saving our planet by ).

You may not:

Copy, distribute or exploit the Services or any data contained therein, for commercial purposes.


PRIVACY POLICY

The small print…

Please review our Privacy Policy for more information on how we collect and use data relating to the use and performance of your data and the tools provided for you. By using the Services, you agree to be bound by our Privacy Policy.

1 Parties

This Licence is between Animal Rebellion Ltd, (we/us/our) and the person or organisation who uses the Service (you/your).

We are a company registered in England and Wales. (company registration number 12064173). Our registered address is 202 The Avenue, London N17 6JN). You and we are each a party and together the parties.

These Terms of Service are a legally binding contract between you and us. As part of these Terms of Service, you agree to comply with the most recent version of our Terms of Service, which is incorporated by reference into these Terms of Service. If you access or use the Services or continue accessing or using the Services after being notified of a change to the Terms of Service, you confirm that you have read, understand and agree to be bound by the Terms of Service.

2 Licence

Subject to the restrictions referred to in this Licence, we grant you a non-exclusive, non-transferable, revocable licence to use the Service for the permitted purposes. By using the Service, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. These terms and conditions form the licence between you and us (Licence). This Licence commences with effect from the date you first request access to the Services.

3 No Warranty

The Service is provided ‘as is’ and without any warranty or condition express or implied, statutory or otherwise as to its quality or fitness for purpose. Except as expressly stated in this Licence, all conditions, warranties, terms and undertakings express or implied statutory or otherwise in respect of the Service are hereby excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law.

4 Liabilities

There is nothing in this Licence that excludes or limits your liability for an infringement or breach of our, or our suppliers, intellectual property rights.

Neither party excludes its liability to the other under this Licence for fraud, and for personal injury or death caused either by its negligence or that of its employees and authorised subcontractors and agents.

Subject to the above, neither party shall be liable to the other for indirect, special or consequential loss or damage or any other financial loss (howsoever caused) which occurs as a result of the use of, or lack of performance of the Services.

5 Termination

Either party may terminate this Licence with immediate effect. Termination or expiry of this Licence shall not affect either party’s accrued rights and remedies. On the termination of this licence you shall immediately cease using the Service.

Any provision that is expressly or by implication intended to survive the termination or expiry of this Licence shall continue in full force and effect.

6 Other General Provisions

This Licence sets out the entire agreement and understanding between you and us in respect of the subject matter of this Licence.

This Licence will be governed by English law and both parties agree to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

A person who is not a party to this Licence has no rights under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 to enforce or enjoy the benefit of any term of this Licence.


WEBSITE

What personal data we collect

The only data we collect are the details you give us when submitting the volunteering form, events, local groups and any other form you may find in our website. This will include an email address, a name, the region you are in and any other message you type. We encourage and fully support anonymous contact!

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics
We don’t track you over the Internet or give any of your data to anyone else. We do however record strictly anonymous information about pages that you entered the site from, and which pages you looked at when you’re here. This is only done to help us better understand how we can improve the site flow.

You may choose to prevent this website from aggregating and analyzing the actions you take here. Doing so will protect your privacy, but will also prevent the owner from learning from your actions and creating a better experience for you and other users.


BREACH OF THE VOLUNTEER AGREEMENT

I understand that if I do not comply with this agreement, I may be asked to step down from any role(s) I hold within Animal Rebellion.


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Animal Rebellion : 15 July 2022

If you wish your data to be deleted at some point, please get in touch and you will be unsubscribed.
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