Code of Conduct

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ is the trade association representing the U.S. consumer technology industry, from small businesses and startups to the world's best known brands. Through policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships, CTA champions the entrepreneurs, innovators and technologists who shape the future of the consumer tech sector.

CTA is committed to safety, diversity, social responsibility, and observing and promoting the highest standards of ethical conduct. CTA members, partners and all organizations or individuals conducting business with CTA are expected to: 

  • Share CTA's goal to advance the consumer technology industry
  • Maintain a professional level of courtesy, respect and objectivity in all matters and activities associated with CTA
  • Exercise reasonable care, good faith and due diligence in CTA affairs
  • Respect diversity of opinions and the integrity and ability of others; and promote collaboration and cooperation
  • Strive to uphold the highest standards of conduct and assist others in maintaining those practices
  • Uphold a professional, legally appropriate business relationship with CTA staff, promoting a positive and collegial atmosphere free from harassment and other unacceptable behaviors
  • Not engage in or facilitate any discriminatory or harassing behavior directed toward CTA staff, members, officers, directors, meeting/event attendees, exhibitors, advertisers, sponsors, suppliers, contractors or others in the context of activities related to CTA
  • Promote open competition and comply with antitrust and competition laws by not discussing restraint of trade agreements, prices, pricing policies, terms and conditions of purchase or sale, costs, future company plans, boycotting of customers or products, or any other topics that might be considered anti-competitive behavior
  • Respect and uphold local, state, national and international laws

CTA strives to be ethical and transparent, and strives to ensure the organizations and individuals with whom CTA conducts business adhere to the principles expressed in this Code. CTA reserves all rights to take any actions deemed necessary if this Code is not followed.

CTA Events

CTA holds a variety of events to educate and connect those involved in the consumer technology and related industries. CTA works year-round to grow and shape the future of consumer technologies.

CTA strives to provide a safe, inclusive, harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, religion, beliefs, citizenship or other protected categories.  All CTA event participants, including attendees, media, speakers, contractors, partners, sponsors, exhibitor personnel and guests of attendees are expected to follow this Code of Conduct. CTA seeks cooperation from all participants and will enforce this code to help ensure a safe, business-friendly experience at its events.  

CTA does not tolerate harassment by its event participants in any form. Harassment includes conduct that threatens, intimidates or coerces another participant at the event, including actions based on an individual's background or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

CTA reserves the right to make determinations on appropriate participant attire for its events. Participants in attire that is deemed objectionable by CTA executive staff will be asked to alter their attire or may be removed from the event immediately. Attire that is overtly sexual, imitates armed forces or law enforcement, or appears to threaten the safety of participants is also prohibited.

Firearms, weapons (including weapon replicas), ammunition, dangerous or hazardous devices or substances, and illegal items are prohibited at CTA events and activities. CTA expects that all event participants be free from the influence of illegal drugs and strictly prohibits the use, abuse, sale, purchase, possession, manufacture or distribution of any illicit substances at CTA events.

All CTA event participants must have and visibly wear their CTA event issued badge at all times to enter any official event venue or authorized event location. Badges are the property of CTA and may not be resold, transferred to or shared with others. Badges may be revoked by CTA for violations of our Code of Conduct policy.

Participants are encouraged to alert CTA staff immediately about harassment, unsafe conditions or any other problem on-site at the event(s). Contact information will be unique to each event, however, pre-event and post-event issues may be sent to EventConduct@CTA.tech.

Please remember that notifying CTA does not constitute or replace notification to local law enforcement.

Participants asked to stop any behavior in violation of this code are expected to comply immediately. This code provides general guidelines and cannot cover every possible type of unacceptable behavior. CTA reserves the right to apply corrective action to instances other than the specific examples noted. CTA event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event and future events without a refund at the discretion of CTA.