Turning words into action

Together, we can raise our voices and exert our influence. To put our words into action, we need to ensure the elimination of sexual harassment in the workplace is firmly on the agenda and remains in sharp focus for our boards and executive teams.

On this page, you’ll find advice from CEW members on the actions they have taken or been part of to track and eliminate the risks of sexual harassment in their organisations, as well as a useful template for a report to your board on initiatives and recommendations.

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Turning words into action

Together, we can raise our voices and exert our influence. To put our words into action, we need to ensure the elimination of sexual harassment in the workplace is firmly on the agenda and remains in sharp focus for our boards and executive teams.

On this page, you’ll find advice from CEW members on the actions they have taken or been part of to track and eliminate the risks of sexual harassment in their organisations, as well as a useful template for a report to your board on initiatives and recommendations.

"Respect is everyone’s business. As leaders we need to use our power and influence to make it better for our people, both today and future generations."

CEW member

Advice from CEW members

Many members of have been part of boards and leadership teams that have worked to eliminate and minimise the risk of sexual harassment in workplaces, including high-risk settings and industries such as financial services and mining.

Here, they share their insights and experiences.

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Five ways to drive momentum

“In mining we address and prevent physical safety risks incredibly well, but when it comes to sexual harassment it’s as though we’ve been asleep at the wheel.”

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"Diversity in management and boards is the fastest way to drive change on the equality front. In my experience having a diversity of voices on your board quickly changes the conversation and how issues are raised, scrutinised and discussed."

CEW member; non-executive director

Board templates

We have developed some easy-to-adapt templates, such as a board paper on initiatives to prevent and address sexual harassment, and recommendations for endorsement. There are also examples for use in charters, risk registers and communications.

Board paper template​s

We have developed some easy-to-adapt templates, such as a board paper on initiatives to prevent and address sexual harassment, and recommendations for endorsement. There are also examples for use in charters, risk registers and communications.

"When action is taken on transgressions raised, it sends a clear message that it is safe to speak up. This powerfully impacts culture."

CEW member; non-executive director