America’s Large Employers Emphasize Safe Reporting, Culture, Diversity Keys to Addressing Workplace Harassment

Washington, D.C. – Chief human resources officers at America’s largest employers believe that setting clear expectations and establishing multiple reporting channels where complaints can be safely heard are the most effective steps to ensure their employees are safeguarded against sexual harassment. These companies consider safety in reporting sexual harassment a top priority to maintaining positive and respectful cultures where harassment is dealt with swiftly and consistently.

HR Policy Association represents the most senior human resource executives in more than 390 of the largest companies doing business in the United States. Collectively, these companies employ more than 10 million Americans. Their chief human resource officer (CHRO) is responsible for finding, hiring, and developing the talent needed for their organizations to thrive in the global marketplace.

In 2018, HR Policy Association asked its members what are the most significant factors that need to be addressed regarding workplace sexual harassment. Over 90% said ensuring sexual harassment victims feel free and protected in bringing their complaints to the attention of appropriate company officials was most important.

The CHROs also said providing greater representation of women at all levels of the organization (73%) and workplace cultural factors (65%) were also key to addressing workplace respect issues.

The data are included in a report released today analyzing a possible bipartisan legislative approach to reducing workplace harassment, the EMPOWER Act.

“Our members have long-established codes of conduct and harassment policies, state-of-the-art training programs, and processes that act on harassment reports swiftly, thoughtfully, and fairly,” said Daniel V. Yager, president and CEO of HR Policy Association. “It goes without saying that HR Policy Association members are committed to eliminating harassment in the workplace. Not only is this the right thing to do, but they also recognize the fundamental role that an inclusive culture and diverse workplace plays in attracting, motivating, and developing the caliber of talent they need. Chief human resources officers take the issue of workplace harassment very seriously and their prevention efforts go well beyond mere legal compliance. From setting clear expectations throughout their organizations by the ‘tone at the top,’ to proactive employee engagement and training, our members take many innovative and effective steps to ensure their companies have positive and respectful cultures, free from discrimination.”