Companies must implement protections regardless of the legal framework
In many countries, employers have a legal duty to ensure that workers are shielded from risks such as sexual harassment but some governments have failed to impose suitable protective legislation altogether. A 2017 report found that more than one-third of the world’s countries do not have any laws prohibiting sexual harassment in the workplace, resulting in some 235 million working women having to cope without legal protection.
Even in countries with suitable laws, legal frameworks can prove both complex and confusing for workers and employers alike. It is important for companies to be proactive and take effective steps to prevent sexual harassment irrespective of the legal situation. Not only does the problem have a devastating impact on employees and their families, it has detrimental consequences for companies and long-forged corporate reputations, regardless of the level of legal coverage in any given market.