Code of Conduct

Turbine Kreuzberg is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for individuals of any race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, age, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, marital status as well as gender expression, mental illness, socioeconomic status or background, neuro(a)typicality, or physical appearance.

We put forth this code of conduct not because we anticipate bad behavior, but because we believe in respect among the team. We believe that articulating our values and accountabilities to one another reinforces that respect and provides us with a clear vision. We are committed to enforcing and evolving this code as we progress and grow.

The code of conduct applies to teammate interactions in various areas of our shared professional lives, including all shared physical and online spaces, social media and events where we represent Turbine Kreuzberg.

Encouraged behaviors

Every member of Turbine Kreuzberg is expected to be considerate of their teammates across the whole company, and contribute to a collaborative, positive, and healthy environment in which we can all succeed. Specifically:

  • Be supportive of your colleagues, both proactively and responsively. Offer to help if you see someone struggling or otherwise in need of assistance. If someone approaches you looking for help, be generous.

  • Be inclusive: Go out of your way to include people in team jokes or memes. Speak plainly and avoid acronyms and jargon that not everyone may have an understanding of. If you hold a team meeting or just have a chat with a group of people, and one of the participants doesn’t speak the language of the majority – German or Portuguese, in most cases – switch to English.

  • Be collaborative: Involve your teammates in brainstorms, sketching sessions, code reviews, planning documents, and the like. Share early and ask for feedback. Recognize that in addition to asking for feedback, you are similarly expected to give it.

  • Be generous in both giving and accepting feedback: Good feedback is kind, respectful, clear, and constructive, and focused on goals and values rather than personal preferences. You are expected to give and receive feedback with growth in mind.

  • Be kind: Be polite and friendly in all forms of communication — especially remote communication via text such as Slack and E-Mail, where opportunities for misunderstanding are greater. Use video hangouts when it makes sense; face-to-face discussion benefits from all kinds of social cues that may go missing in other forms of communication.

Unacceptable behaviors

Turbine Kreuzberg is committed to providing a welcoming and safe environment for all. Discrimination and harassment are expressly prohibited. Furthermore, we want to appeal to you to refrain from any behavior or language that is unwelcoming.
We want to address these patterns explicitly as unwelcoming:

  • No looking down on a teammate if they’re not familiar with something: It’s always acceptable to say “I don’t know” or “I don’t understand.” The only mistake is not to ask. So please don’t look down when someone isn’t familiar with a tool, person, place or
    process. This applies to both technical and non- technical things.


  • No exclusionary language: Be careful in the words that you choose, even if it’s a small thing. Sexist, racist and other exclusionary jokes are not appropriate and will not be tolerated under any circumstance.

  • No -isms: Much exclusionary behavior takes the form of subtle -isms, or microaggressions — small things that make others feel unwelcome. Regardless of intent, these comments can have a significant demeaning impact on teammates. If something like this happens: please don’t say, “Comment X wasn’t sexist.” or “You’re being too sensitive.” Similarly, please don’t pile on someone who made a mistake. It’s not a big deal to mess up — just learn from it and move on.