- Enhancing harassment policies, including adding a “duty to report” provision and a mechanism for filing complaints that doesn’t require reporting to the CEO or president.
- Educating employees, including a mandatory training session for staff and board members on harassment policies and procedures.
- Strengthening re cord-keeping to document complaints and how they have been addressed.
- Ensuring a means by which individuals can lodge anonymous complaints.
- Providing an independent resource to whom individuals can express concerns, such as an ethics commissioner.
- Emphasizing respect and well-being as the COC’s core values for employees.
- Ensuring employees are aware of a whistleblower’s policy, and continually monitor employees’ views and confirming enforcement of policies.
In October 2015, former Canadian Olympic Committee (“COC”) President Marcel Aubut resigned from office in the midst of a sexual harassment scandal. The COC has since announced that it will commit to making significant changes to its workplace policies and procedures to improve the work environment. The particular changes include: