Sexual Harassment is important. A robust framework to prevent Sexual Harassment is one way to integrate risk management in the overall ERM culture of the company that must also appreciate the risk of sexual harassment at workplace. All companies, large or small must have some element of preventive and resolution procedures around this significant risk.
Risks from sexual harassment exposes an organization to vicarious liability for the actions of its employees and others who frequent the workplace. A sexual harassment complaint, once surfaced, can be extremely difficult to investigate and resolve. There is productivity issues with existing employees, and new employees may have second thoughts about joining the company. Of course, add to this is the biggest risk factor on reputation of the company and the business relationships with customers and vendors.
Sexual Harassment is part of an overall risk factor called Operational Risk and can be managed through education, policies, commitment from the top(tone at the Top!) and regular training.
Some elements include
1. Develop a Written Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures.
2. Distribute the Sexual Harassment Policy.
3. Educate the Workforce and Train Supervisors
Riskpro conducts various training on Prevention of Sexual Harassment (POSH). For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org