Policy, process and reporting resources

Sexual harassment in the workplace causes immediate and long-term harm to individuals and organisations. Individuals can suffer psychological, physical and employment harm. It negatively impacts productivity and is a barrier to career development, especially for women. Organisations face reputational and financial repercussions if they fail to create a respectful and safe workplace culture. Sexual harassment is illegal.

Instances of sexual harassment are often viewed as individual grievances arising from specific situations, when in reality they likely reflect a systemic organisational problem and should be viewed as seriously as other sources of workplace harm.

In this section, you’ll find guides your team can use to update your company’s policies and processes that seek to identify and prevent sexual harassment, and to ensure people feel safe in the workplace.

Each document includes an overview of core obligations, an outline of the areas to focus on, and example wording that will require adaptation to reflect your organisation’s specific risk profile. These are not comprehensive but are designed to provide a strong starting point for your organisation.

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Policy, process and reporting resources

Sexual harassment in the workplace causes immediate and long-term harm to individuals and organisations. Individuals can suffer psychological, physical and employment harm. It negatively impacts productivity and is a barrier to career development, especially for women. Organisations face reputational and financial repercussions if they fail to create a respectful and safe workplace culture. Sexual harassment is illegal.

Instances of sexual harassment are often viewed as individual grievances arising from specific situations, when in reality they likely reflect a systemic organisational problem and should be viewed as seriously as other sources of workplace harm.

In this section, you’ll find guides your team can use to update your company’s policies and processes that seek to identify and prevent sexual harassment, and to ensure people feel safe in the workplace.

Each document includes an overview of core obligations, an outline of the areas to focus on, and example wording that will require adaptation to reflect your organisation’s specific risk profile. These are not comprehensive but are designed to provide a strong starting point for your organisation.

Data and averages don’t tell the whole story. When reporting to the board, share incidents and their impacts, with consent and confidentiality. Creating empathy builds urgency.

CEW member; former CEO; non-executive director

Risk description

Use this example wording to help you describe sexual harassment as a workplace health and safety risk, and to outline obligations to address it.

Code of conduct

Use this guide to update your Code of Conduct to set expectations and obligations, encourage reporting, outline the processes for reporting and consequences for perpetrators.

Charter wording

Use this example wording with your board, and your risk, workplace health and safety and sustainability committees.

Risk register

Use this resource to identify risks and mitigation measures to include in a risk register.

Board reporting

Use this guide to the specific questions that will help board members monitor their organisation’s ability to prevent and respond to instances of sexual harassment.

Reporting dashboards

Download three example reporting dashboards to help you identify and measure current risks, see incidents at a glance, and track progress on mitigating risk.

All documents are intended to provide general guidance only. The contents should not be relied upon as legal advice. Specific legal advice should be sought in particular matters.