Screen Industries United Over Principles and Guidance to Tackle Bullying and Harassment
The first Set of Principles and Guidance to tackle bullying and harassment, specifically tailored to the screen industries is published today (Wednesday 14 February) in response to the urgent and systemic issues revealed over past months. Galvanised by a determination to eradicate bullying and harassment and support victims more effectively, the guidance has been developed by the BFI in partnership with BAFTA and in consultation with a range of organisations including guilds, unions, industry member bodies and key agencies as well as employees and freelancers across all roles. WFTV is proud to have been one of the organisations involved in these Principles and Guidelines and is in full support of their implementation.
The Set of eight Principles (in full below) cover a shared responsibility to respect others, adopt a zero tolerance approach to bullying and harassment, adhere to the laws around equality and health and safety, protect victims and witnesses, respect confidentiality, ensure that rigorous processes are in place for reporting and underline the value of inclusivity. The Principles and Guidance will be incorporated in the BFI’s Diversity Standards, promoting inclusion and representation across the industry and are available for download at www.bfi.org.uk/bullying-harassment . BAFTA previously announced that the Diversity Standards will become part of the eligibility criteria for the British categories at the Film Awards in 2019.
From April, a new Film and TV Support Line from the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund will be set up, free of charge for anyone working in the film and television industry.
WFTV Chief Executive, Kate Kinninmont MBE commented: “We will always have bullies and abusers, but we can change the culture that tolerates them. These Principles and Guidelines, developed in collaboration with so many organisations across our industry, point the way to a better future. The Principles make clear what acceptable standards should be. And the Guidance will help support women (and men) who are being unfairly treated. We have a world-class industry. Let’s all adopt decent work practices and keep it that way.”
You can download the Principles here: CPI Bullying and harassment – Set of Principles FINAL – Feb 2018.
You can download the Guidance here: CPI Bullying and harassment – Guidance FINAL – Feb 2018
Emma Watson is one of a number of high profile industry figures to support the Principles and Guidance, and recorded this message:
Bullying and harassment have no place in our industries. These Principles aim to eradicate such abuse. They can also help employers meet legal requirements and offer a shared vision to promote and maintain a safer, more inclusive workplace environment for everyone working within the screen industries. All employers, employees, officers, workers, agency workers, trainees, volunteers, trustees and freelancers should adhere to the following principles:
1. Everyone is responsible for creating and maintaining an inclusive workplace that is positive and supportive.
2. We recognise that harassment may be unlawful under the Equality Act 2010.
3. Those of us who are employers accept our responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
4. We do not tolerate bullying and harassment, including sexual harassment, and will ensure that processes are in place for the reporting and investigation of these serious issues.
5. We recognise that bullying and harassment can have significant adverse impacts on the productivity, long-term health and well-being of affected people and we will work to eradicate them. This will mean providing adequate protection for complainants and victims, and, where bullying or harassment is found to have occurred, taking appropriate action against bullies or harassers.
6. We value inclusivity, appreciate difference, welcome learning from others, and consider people equal without prejudice or favour. We build relationships based on mutual respect. We will all work to give and receive feedback in a constructive way, which we know will improve creativity and productivity.
7. We understand that reporting bullying or harassment can be intimidating. We will respect confidentiality where possible and aim to make the process of reporting clear and straightforward. If anyone comes forward to report behaviour which might amount to bullying or harassment, we will endeavor to investigate objectively. Individuals who have made complaints of bullying and harassment or participate in good faith in any investigation should not suffer any form of reprisal or victimisation as a result.
8. We will respect each other’s dignity, regardless of the seniority of our role in an organisation.