Code of Conduct | Polar Jobs

Code of Conduct

Polar Jobs is a platform for professions in polar environments and the different sectors and actors who work there, whether they are attached to the tourism sector, science or any form of industry or service.
The goal of Polar Jobs is to present and promote the professions and actors of the polar world, whether they are located in the Arctic or Antarctica, in subarctic or subantarctic regions, on land or at sea.
While giving visibility to these professions, Polar Jobs aims to connect employers and professionals by serving as a platform for information and exchange in respect of a certain number of values essential to the polar worlds, to the individuals who evolve there and to the activities that take place there.
To this end, Polar Jobs has established the following ethical guidelines to which all members and stakeholders of the platform must subscribe. To these ends, Polar Jobs has adopted the following ethical guidelines to which members and participants should subscribe.

  1. Polar Jobs promotes companies, structures, industries that adhere to the same core values. Polar Jobs guarantees to its members confidentiality and no competition with its partners.
  2. Polar Jobs aims to promote and make known the professions in the polar regions from a perspective of social and environmental responsibility.
  3. Polar Jobs ethical guidelines cannot address every national, cultural or religious context. However, we ask our members and participants to comply with local and international laws, human rights, respect for the environment, labor law, directives established by the appropriate control and regulatory corporations and associations and to apply the highest standards in terms of safety and security for people and environment.
  4. Polar Jobs does not promote any military activity in polar regions.
  5. Any organization wishing to collaborate or interact with the Polar Jobs platform recognizes and adheres to the laws, rules and values mentioned above, as well as to the guidelines specific to their own field of activity.


By tourism, we mean any organization, private or public, and any individual who offers touristic services, in particular in the following sectors (non-exhaustive):

  • Cruise companies
  • Expedition cruise companies
  • Small vessels (such as – without being exhaustive – private yachts, sailing boats, etc.)
  • Ground tour companies
  • Independent guides

These guidelines are also addressed to any individual working as:

  • Guide
  • Navigation officer
  • Crew member
  • Hotel and restaurant staff
  • Tour operators
  • Anyone working in the field of tourism in connection with the polar regions, on land or at sea.

Specific guidelines for tourism:

  • Compliance with the guidelines established by AECO and IAATO
  • Respect of national and international maritime codes and laws
  • Respect for local populations and their culture
  • Highest security standards and services to passengers provided
  • Adequate and continuous training of staff
  • Enforcement of the highest standards within the industry in terms of protection of the environment, fauna and flora
  • Adheres to the idea of educating passengers and, if appliable, promoting science through ambassadorship programs.


“Polar science has the potential to benefit humanity, inform the sustainable use of resources, help protect the planet and generate economic and social impact. Research in the polar regions is important and relevant to everyday life.” (British Antarctic Survey)
By science, we mean any organization, company, association, institute or academy, private or public, involved in scientific research within the polar regions, whether in the Arctic or Antarctic, in the subarctic or subantarctic regions, regardless of the field in which this research takes place (non-exhaustive list):

  • Biology
  • Glaciology
  • Ethnology / Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • History
  • Geology
  • Oceanography
  • Meteorology
  • Ecology
  • Geophysics

It includes scientific researches led on the field, at sea or on stations.

It involves individuals involved in scientific researches including (without being exhaustive):

  • Scientists
  • Students
  • Station and field support roles
  • Drivers
  • Mariners
  • Engineers

Specific guidelines for science :

  • Compliance with the ethical and deontological codes specific to each discipline
  • Enforcement of highest standards in terms of safety and security for people, environment and material, especially in highly remote places.
  • Respect for the environment and living organisms used in research
  • Respect for local populations and, as far as possible, collaboration with them
  • Promotion of collaboration with local populations.
  • Promotion of science and knowledge before the pursuit of profit
  • Acknowledgement of the responsibility towards society


By industry and services, we mean industrial and service jobs in polar regions and anyone involved in a structure whose main objective is to prospect, exploit, convey, produce, manufacture, deliver raw materials, products or services that are not related to tourism or science such as (not limited):

  • Mining Oil / Gas industries
  • Wood industry Fisheries
  • Hunting
  • Communication
  • Information
  • IT technologies
  • Catering / Hospitality
  • Transportation
  • Health
  • Public services

Specific guidelines for industry and services :

  • Compliance with the laws and ethical codes in force for each area of activity
  • Respect and, if possible, involvement of local populations
  • Enforcement of the highest standards in terms of people and environment safety and security.
  • Acknowledgement of social responsibility and the importance of the activities in the socio-economic development of the involved area.

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