Disrupting the system: preventing and responding to sexual harassment in the workplace

Sexual harassment Occupational health and safety Prevention Australia

Male Champions of Change has prepared this report to guide more effective organisational approaches to preventing sexual harassment in the workplace. It has been developed by over 270 CEO and Board-level leaders over the past two years, inspired by the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces, led by Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins.

The approach argues that the prevention of sexual harassment should be a key accountability for Boards, CEOs and Executive teams – akin to their occupational health and safety responsibilities. It also recommends people who experience sexual harassment be able to tell their story, in their own words, if and when they choose to.

This publication provides leaders with guidance and practical actions to:

  • Elevate the prevention of sexual harassment and early intervention as a leadership priority.
  • Address sexual harassment as a workplace health and safety issue.
  • Introduce new principles on confidentiality and transparency for high-profile sexual harassment cases.
  • Inform, empower and expect everyone to speak up and take action on sexual harassment in the workplace.
  • Listen to, empower, respect and support people impacted.
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