Sexual harassment - key international standards

Below are select introductory materials on business and sexual harassment. Further reports from a wide range of sources are in the sexual harassment section of our site.

Key reports & guidance

Research Study on Workplace Sexual Harassment [PDF], AWARE Sub-Committee on Workplace Sexual Harassment, Singapore 2008

Boom Time Blues: Big oil's gender impacts in Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Sakhalin [PDF], CEE Bankwatch Network & Gender Action, May 2006

Key international standards

Universal Declaration of Human Rights: article 23

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: article 26

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women: article 11

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women: General Recommendation 19

Concerns, company responses & non-responses

The Resource Centre invites companies to respond to allegations of misconduct.  Below are examples of allegations and company responses regarding access to water.  We also indicate when a company has not responded.

Poland: International food workers’ union (IUF) alleges sexual harassment at PepsiCo plant, Jul 2005. Response from PepsiCo.

Poland: Labour groups protest allege anti-union activities & sexual harassment at Frito-Lay food plant (part of PepsiCo), Apr 2006. Response from PepsiCo.

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March 8, International Women's Day: Fight Sexual Harassment, Anti-Union Aggression at PepsiCo Poland

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Sexual Harassment at PepsiCo Poland

Author: International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF)

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