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With harassment reports rising, it’s important to respond the right way

Jaclyn Jaeger | April 17, 2018

A steady uptick in sexual harassment reports within companies across all industries coinciding with the rise of the #MeToo movement in late 2017 has placed a premium on how ethics and compliance officers should properly address such allegations. 

In October 2017, allegations of sexual misconduct brought by dozens of women against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein surfaced, provoking a wave of similar allegations against many other high-profile individuals in both the private and public sector—from politicians to media personalities to senior-level corporate executives.

Within companies across all industries, the overall rise in harassment reports was captured in the findings of NAVEX Global’s 2018 Ethics & Compliance Hotline & Incident Management Benchmark Report, which drew from data gathered in NAVEX Global’s EthicsPoint incident management system. In total, the data reflected findings gathered from 900,000 incident reports from 2,479 companies that had...

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