Creating a workplace where everyone can be free from any kind of bullying, victimisation or harassment, including sexual harassment, is key to building an inclusive environment where employees can thrive and reach their full potential.
Organisations have a duty of care to their employees to keep them physically and psychologically safe. But there are also business benefits and internal and research makes it clear that sexual harassment causes performance and retention issues, particularly affecting women in the workplace and resulting in loss of valuable talent.
This session will look at how Anglo American tackled this global issue within their organisation, through introducing a zero-tolerance Policy and online and face to face training for every single employee, from their operational front-line, to their most senior executives.
About Liz Douglas
Liz is currently Group Head of HR – Corporate Functions and Inclusion, Diversity and Wellbeing having held senior HR and communications roles in a broad range of sectors. She began her Head of I&D role for Anglo American in 2018 – the first person to take on this global role for the business.
The challenge was not insignificant in a sector which is traditionally male dominated and within a business that had identified challenges around levels of inclusion.
Over the last few years, Liz has developed an I&D vision and strategy for the Group based on understood need and taken senior leaders on a sometimes controversial journey to a place where they are fully and visibly committed to inclusion and a psychologically safe workplace for everyone tackling issues such as bullying, harassment and victimization and domestic violence.
A priority for Liz has been the development of inclusive leadership training and awareness, to ensure that the diversity and unique contribution of every colleague is prized at every level within an organisation, in order to ultimately drive high levels of performance.