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Code of Conduct

How to ensure every Cannes Lions delegate has the best Festival possible

LIONS is a campaigner for creativity, and we exist to help the industry be the best it can be. One way we do this is by bringing people together to share ideas, celebrate achievements and build new connections.

It’s a place where there are heated debates, differing opinions and lively parties – and we welcome diversity of viewpoints in all these settings. In fact, we pride ourselves on creating a festival where that’s able to happen.

However, the Festival is not a place for inappropriate, disruptive, or abusive behaviour – either in person or online, to other delegates, partners, speakers or our staff. This type of behaviour could include:

  • offensive spoken or written comments related to (but not limited to) gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, ethnicity, religion, belief or political opinion
  • deliberate intimidation and bullying in person or virtually
  • a lack of respect, including microaggressions and harassing or degrading others
  • harassing photography or videography
  • sustained disruption of Talks or other events
  • inappropriate or unwanted physical contact
  • violent or aggressive behaviour – both verbal and physical
  • sexual harassment, such as unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favours or visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, including intrusive staring of a sexual nature
  • acting in a way or running an activity that feels like it is not equitable or excludes people.

Our expectation is that every delegate, representative or partner attending one of our events or interacting with our brand – as well as every member of the LIONS team – is behaving in a decent, fair, responsible and reasonable way towards our colleagues, company property, customers and suppliers. We expect that people will respect the dignity of others. Everyone at our Festival or working with our brand has the right to feel safe, welcomed, supported, treated with respect and heard.

LIONS may act if it feels any individual or group has failed to meet the standards set by this Code of Conduct. This could include revoking the individual or group's Festival passes without refund, but further action could also be taken, which could involve informing the appropriate authorities.

If you experience a violation of this Code of Conduct at the Festival, please contact a member of staff at the venue or let us know at

If you feel uncomfortable in a certain situation while inside the Festival, please remove yourself from the situation.

As you would in any major city, please take precautions to stay safe and protect your possessions at all times. Additional safety advice is available here.

All violations of the law should be reported to local law enforcement. For emergency assistance in France, dial 112.