New code aims to fight workplace harassment

The ICA, Ad Standards and ACTRA are among the orgs signed to the Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct.

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A group of 24 creative-sector organizations have adopted the Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct to help prevent and respond to harassment in work and work-related environments.

The announcement follows a November roundtable meeting in which industry orgs committed to creating an industry-wide code of conduct that set forth concrete definitions of appropriate and inappropriate behaviour, guidelines for enforcing that behaviour and consequences for violating those rules. Out of the meeting, a trio of working groups were established with a view to creating policies in three areas: codes of conduct, safer reporting mechanisms and anti-harassment training. The working groups for the latter two are still working on their documents.

As set out in the Code of Conduct, the signatories agree to:
· enact policies and procedures that maintain zero tolerance for harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence
· designate people in the workplace to receive complaints of harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence
· provide a timely process for the investigation and resolution of complaints
· implement proportional consequences for violations
· encourage instructors, teachers, coaches and trainers in the industry to adhere to the code and share its principles with students.

“The Code represents a commitment by engaged stakeholders to shift the culture, to prevent and respond to harassment including sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence and to ensure every workplace is one where safety, respect and professionalism are the norm,” read a statement accompanying document, released March 8 to coincide with International Women’s Day.

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