Ever since it was founded, Cirque du Soleil has been first and foremost the embodiment of a dream: one of becoming “joy merchants” who bring their craft to audiences in the four corners of the world. Over the course of its adventure, the organization has developed a dynamic culture and a business ethic that is true to who Cirque is.
Onstage, behind the scenes or in any other capacity, every employee represents Cirque du Soleil. Consequently, everyone is responsible for acting in accordance with the organization’s values and applicable laws. Cirque du Soleil adopted in 2011 a code of ethics which expresses its values in the form of specific behaviors and lays the foundation for the way it does business.
Ethics within Cirque du Soleil require that everyone conduct themselves in a manner reflective of the highest level of personal and professional integrity. The code of ethics is intended to serve as a guide to managers and employees in their everyday tasks, particularly when faced with challenging situations and difficult decision-making.
Cirque du Soleil has established three areas in which it wishes to set out ethical principles to guide the decisions of its employees, wherever they are and whatever position they hold. These areas cover the employer/employee relations, behaviors in dealing with partners, spectators and suppliers, and Cirque’s actions from a social responsibility perspective.