FCSA Member Code of Conduct Policy

The Florida Craft Spirits Association (FCSA) is committed to ensuring a beneficial networking and support platform for its members, free of harassment and for mutual support of its members’ businesses and the Florida Craft Spirits industry.

FCSA members agree to adhere to applicable rules and regulations of Municipal, State and Federal regulatory agencies, and the FCSA Code of Conduct

FCSA members will agree to not use negative comparative or derogatory statements when marketing or publicly commenting on fellow FCSA members or other distiller’s products, production methods, or business practices.

FCSA members will only speak positively about other FCSA member distillers or other distillers when addressing the public or public media institutions (refer to FCSA social media policy)

FCSA members may include a reference to the FCSA on their labels and in their distillery or any related collateral marketing material.

FCSA members agree to conduct themselves in an ethical and professional manner and will not discriminate against other FCSA members or their guests regardless of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. The FCSA does not tolerate harassment in any form. Sexual or discriminatory language and imagery is not appropriate for any FCSA event venue or member venue, including education programs. Participants and guests at FCSA sanctioned events or FCSA members at any non-sanctioned FCSA event or member venue violating these rules may be warned or expelled from an FCSA event or have FCSA membership suspended at the discretion of the FCSA.

Per the FCSA Code of Conduct, harassment includes offensive oral comments related to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity, sexual and or discriminatory images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of programs or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

FCSA members or guests asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
If a member or guest engages in harassing behavior, the FCSA may take any action it deems appropriate, including warning the offender, asking them to leave an FCSA hosted event or member establishment, or for an offending FCSA member possible suspension of FCSA membership.

If you are being harassed, want to report a violation of the Code of Conduct, or any other concerns, please contact a member of the FCSA staff, Officers, Board of Directors, or its counsel immediately. The FCSA has established the following procedures to address complaints:

PROCEDURES FOR CONTACTING THE FCSA REGARDING POSSIBLE VIOLATION OF CONDUCT POLICY

  • 1
    Any FCSA member or guest of an FCSA member establishment experiencing harassment at an FCSA hosted event, or at an FCSA member establishment should immediately report the incident to FCSA staff, Officers, Board of Directors, or its counsel via email or phone as posted on the FCSA website.
  • 2
    An FCSA representative will follow-up via email within 24 hours with the member or guest submitting the potential violation. All potential violations must be registered in writing.
  • 3
    After receiving and reviewing notice of a possible violation, an FCSA representative will contact the potential violator in writing via email or mailed letter with a notice of potential violation which will include the FCSA Member Code of Conduct and associated violation process.
  • 4
    The potential violation notice requires that the potential violating member respond to the FCSA, in writing, within 48 hours of receiving the notice. The noticed member may provide a written explanation either acknowledging the violation and that they will immediately comply with the FCSA Code of Conduct going forward; or they may explain that they do not believe there is a violation.
  • 5
    The FCSA will forward the response to FCSA counsel and the Executive leadership team upon receipt.
  • 6
    The FCSA Ethics Review Board will evaluate and investigate the potential violation within 5 business days of receiving the member response.
  • 7
    The FSCA Ethics Review Board will render an initial decision within 10 business days of receiving member response; and provide this decision in writing to the potential violating member and to the member or guest submitting the original potential violation.
  • 8
    The potential violating member has the right to appeal the decision of the Ethics Review Board to the FCSA Board of Directors in writing within 10 business days after receiving the decision.
  • 9
    The FCSA Board of Directors will evaluate the appeal within 5 business days of receiving the appeal and will notify the member or guest submitting the original potential violation of the appeal and the associated process.
  • 10
    The FSCA Board of Directors will render a final decision within 10 business days of receiving the appeal and provide this decision in writing to the potential violating member and to the member or guest submitting the original potential violation.
  • 11
    Within 48 hours of receiving the final decision in writing from the FCSA Board of Directors, the potential violating member shall respond in writing that they will comply with the decision.
  • 12
    If a potential violating member does not provide a written response of compliance within 48 hours upon notice of the decision, then they may have their membership suspended until they comply.
  • 13
    If a potential violating member receives more than 3 complaints in one year, its membership may be suspended indefinitely, its distillery name posted to the FCSA Code of Conduct Violations Log and FCSA reserves the right to report conduct to ABT and TTB for evaluation.

Consistent with the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) Code of Conduct, FCSA Board Members, Officers, Staff, and Registered Members will similarly, not suggest, advocate, condone or participate in the excessive, abusive, underage or irresponsible consumption of beverage alcohol products, provide or furnish beverage alcohol or branded material to any person below the age of 21, appear consuming alcohol if visibly pregnant (if applicable), or otherwise commit any act or do anything that is or shall be an offense involving moral turpitude under Federal, State and/or local laws, that may tend to bring FCSA or any FCSA sponsor into public disrepute, contempt, scandal, or ridicule, that might tend to insult or offend the community or any substantial organized group thereof, or that might tend to injure the success of FCSA or any of its sponsors or their products.