5 November 2017

  |  CBI Press Team

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Our call on business leaders to help stamp out sexual harassment

The CBI's Director-General says committed leadership is needed to ensure the workplace is free from sexual harassment.

Our call on business leaders to help stamp out sexual harassment

Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General, said:

"Sexual harassment in all forms is unacceptable. The harm done to people’s lives, self-esteem, confidence and dignity is profound. We must work together to stamp it out.

"Westminster and Hollywood are currently in the spotlight, but there can be no doubt that it exists elsewhere, including in some businesses.

"Businesses take the treatment and welfare of their employees very seriously. But sexual harassment is often hidden and can take many forms. It takes committed leadership to ensure the workplace is free from sexual harassment.

"Good business practice that has been proven to be effective includes:

  • Ensuring there are clear processes for employees to report concerns over sexual harassment, in confidence and without fear
  • Developing codes of conduct about what is and is not acceptable behaviour and ensure everyone understands it
  • Continuing to increase the diversity and inclusiveness of their workforces at all levels, including the most senior

"Establishing a supportive culture and effective process across all business is a priority for the CBI and our members. The CBI will bring together large and small firms to support change, building on and sharing existing practice to prevent harassment across all workplaces. This must be a turning point across society."