Members – On February 2, IABC Maritime Canada Chapter appealed to the IABC Executive Leadership team to reconsider hosting 2017 Leadership Institute and 2017 World Conference in the United States as planned. In our view, IABC should make the moral leadership decision—however inconvenient—not to hold events where its entire international membership body cannot participate because of racist or xenophobic visa policies. We asked that IABC consider relocating these events to countries that welcome everyone, regardless of race, religion or identity.
While we were assured that “conversations about inclusion, alternative facts, the current global political environment and impact on our members (have) been a dominating conversation with the International Executive Board,” the Board has chosen not to make any change to those conferences.
Because our members come from many backgrounds and nationalities, this could effectively exclude some members from participation on the basis of race, identity and religious freedom. That is inconsistent with our values, and so at the Maritime Chapter level, we have decided not to participate in these events until they are held in a friendlier nation without discriminatory visa policies. With IABC chapters in more than 25 countries, we believe there are plenty of locations from which to choose.
We also appealed to the leadership team to communicate its stance to its 10,000+ members from around the world. And last weekend, Dianne Chase, IABC’s Chair penned a blog piece titled “Alternative facts” and IABC’s six core principles. As well, IABC began a petition “to publicly stand in support of the IABC Code of Ethics and what it means to live it every day”; It can be found here . We applaud our colleagues for taking these steps and believe IABC could do more to support our entire international membership.
As always, we look forward to thoughts and feedback from our membership on this or any other chapter activity.
IABC Maritime Canada Chapter