Code of conduct

  • We treat each other with courtesy and respect, also when we disagree.
  • Our communications shall be open and honest, guided by principles of consideration and solidarity.
  • We work in the spirit of human rights and do not discriminate against people on the basis of their gender, nationality, religion, color or sexual orientation.
  • We do not participate in nor tolerate defamatory discussions and are guided by the principle of respect for ourselves and those with whom we work.
  • We are helpful and supportive to those with whom we work and strive to be good colleagues.

Policy regarding harassment and bullying

The objective of this policy and response procedure against bullying, sexual and gender-based harassment and violence is to ensure measures are in place if someone considers they have been subject to violations of this kind.

  • The Icelandic Opera’s policy is to offer its staff a secure working environment in which everyone feels at ease. An emphasis is placed on establishing a good working atmosphere characterized by solidarity, trust and confidentiality.
  • Employees and management bear joint responsibility for creating a pleasant and professional working environment where the general atmosphere reflects the values of the Icelandic Opera, which are: excellence, initiative, joy and collaboration.
  • Bullying, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, violence and other inappropriate or dishonorable behavior which causes discomfort in the workplace shall not be tolerated. The Icelandic Opera shall take appropriate measures if incidents of this nature occur and handle them through professional channels.

The experience of each individual is of paramount importance when it comes to cases of this kind and the person concerned must evaluate whether he/she feels wronged and needs to report inappropriate behavior.

It should be borne in mind that an individual may be unaware that his/her behavior is inappropriate or causes discomfort and it is therefore important to establish clear limits and to communicate with the person directly if one dislikes their manner or behavior. If you do not feel up to talking to the person yourself we encourage you to seek assistance or, as the case may be, report the incident.

The Icelandic Opera’s definition of bullying, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and violence is founded on regulations no. 1009/2015, which state under Article 3 that:

  • Harassment is repeated behavior which generally causes discomfort among those who are subjected to it, such as humiliating, insulting, offending or threatening the person concerned or causing them fear. Differences of opinion or disputes due to contrasting interests do not fall under this category.
  • Sexual harassment is any type of sexual behavior which is unwelcome to the person affected by it and is intended to impair the self-respect of the person concerned, or which has this effect, particularly when the behavior results in a threatening, hostile, degrading, humiliating or insulting situation. The behavior may be verbal, non-verbal and/or physical.
  • Gender-based harassment is behavior which relates to the gender of the person affected by it, is unwelcome to the person concerned and is intended to impair the self-respect of the person concerned, or which has this effect, and creates a threatening, hostile, degrading, humiliating or insulting situation.
  • Violence is any kind of behaviour which results in or could result in physical or psychological damage or suffering to the person who is subjected to it, including the threat of violence, coercion or deprivation of liberty. The Icelandic Opera works in collaboration with professionals who can be approached by those who feel they have been subjected to the above, in consultation with the management of the Icelandic Opera.

Response procedure of the Icelandic Opera

If an employee or participant in an Icelandic Opera production considers that the law or code of conduct have been violated against them, he/she can approach the stage manager (syningarstjori@opera.is), or other representatives of the production or management, who will refer the case to the appropriate channel.

In consultation with the person who reports the behavior, a decision shall be made on whether to respond informally or whether the incident calls for a formal legal procedure. The management is responsible for ensuring that the improper behavior is not repeated and for referring the case to the appropriate channels in consultation with the victim. The management is bound by an obligation of total confidentiality towards those who approach it.

Violations of the above elements or code of conduct shall be handled through professional channels so that they can be above criticism and commensurate responses can be ensured.

The Icelandic Opera works in collaboration with professionals who can be approached by those who feel they need for assistance, in consultation with the management of the Icelandic Opera. The response procedure and code of conduct are presented to the staff and artists and shall be accessible on the Icelandic Opera’s website. Anyone who participates in the activities of the Icelandic Opera is responsible for complying with these rules when a contract is signed. Violations may result in dismissal.