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ICYMI: In a report published in October 2023, the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) provides a guide for boards to prevent sexual harassment within the workplace. Rooted in the Australian Human Rights Commission's Positive Duty Guidelines, the report underscores the imperative role of leadership in fostering an environment of respect, safety, and equality.  

It is not enough to simply state that the company has a "zero-tolerance policy" toward sexual harassment, the AICD argues. "[S]exual harassment policies and practices have not led to significant improvements in incidence rates and culture, even when intentions are good and resources are allocated," the report reads. "The sexual harassment 'generic policy, compulsory training, standard grievance procedure' approach has sometimes led to a tick-a-box approach, delegated to a human resources unit."

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