THE FIGHT AGAINST BULLYING AND HARASSMENT
At TF1, we take bullying and harassment very seriously. We adopt a zero tolerance stance, and take a strong line on:
- PREVENTING any kind of action that undermines human dignity.
- PROTECTING employees when they think they are being harassed.
- SHARING best practice on eliminating violence from the workplace
We have taken a number of concrete measures within our company:
- Signing up to the Charter Against Harassment and Sexist Behaviour instigated by the charity “Pour les femmes dans les Médias”, which supports women in the media.
- Signing up to “StOpE”, a charter against casual sexism at work.
- Designating employees from our Works Council and HR department as bullying/harassment reps, who offer victims information, guidance and support.
- Training managers to make them aware of warning signs of bullying and harassment.
- Providing a dedicated whistle-blowing facility enabling victims, witnesses, occupational health professionals, and members of the staff Health & Safety and Working Conditions Committee or the Works Council rep to flag up inappropriate behaviour and refer it to their line manager or the Human Resources department (whistle-blowing and complaints procedure).
- Setting up an inter partes investigation procedure where the victim, any witnesses, and the alleged perpetrator can be heard. This can result in decisions ranging from reorganisational measures to dismissal for gross misconduct.
Bear in mind that such behaviour is a criminal offence under Article 222-33 of the French Penal Code.
As a media group, we also have a responsibility to use our channels to sensitise the public and raise collective awareness of these issues, and to encourage people to speak out. Many of our current affairs programmes - alongside dramas like Le jour où j'ai brûlé mon cœur, L’Emprise and Jacqueline Sauvage, and our daily soaps Demain nous appartient and Ici tout commence – deal with bullying and harassment, and more generally with violence against women.