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How board members can prepare for a #MeToo moment

Bill Coffin | December 26, 2017

This October, dozens of women accused Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of gross severe sexual misconduct, which kicked off a wave of similar allegations against dozens of high-profile individuals in various industries. It became part of the #MeToo movement, and one of the defining moments of 2017. On October 24, the Boardlist, together with Qualtrics, released a survey of some 400 board members to gauge their views on gender diversity and sexual misconduct. And the survey revealed that 77% of the directors surveyed had not discussed accusations of sexually inappropriate behavior and/or sexism in the workplace on their respective boards. More importantly, 88% of them had not implemented a plan of action, in light of recent allegations of sexual misconduct, to deal with such an accusation at the board level.

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