Corporate India’s commitment to empower and protect its women employees against sexual harassment at the workplace is unsatisfactory.
According to a survey by EY Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services titled ‘Reining in sexual harassment at the workplace’. The survey highlights that growing consciousness of issues relating to women’s safety at the workplace has compelled many organizations to take note of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013 (referred as the ‘Act’); but the implementation and subsequent change is taking place at a sluggish pace.
The following points encapsulate the key findings from the survey:
The principal respondents were senior executives from business functions including internal audit, human resources, finance and the legal and compliance domains. They represented a mix of Indian enterprises with domestic operations as well as the Indian subsidiaries of MNCs. They operated in a wide range of industries including banking and finance, manufacturing, media and entertainment, IT/ITeS, pharmaceuticals, automotive etc.
60% of the companies agreed to hold the mandatory training required for ICC members. This implies that almost 40% did not do so earlier or are probably in the
stage of giving the training now. This issue is more pronounced among small and medium companies.
According to 63% of the respondents, their companies had not conducted the ICC training mandated under the Act.