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OMD joins list of businesses to waiver NDAs in wake of sexual harassment in Australian workplaces

Omnicom-owned media agency OMD Australia has joined the list of businesses who have agreed to partially waive non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), which will allow people affected by sexual harassment in the Australian workplace to make confidential submission to the national inquiry.

OMD Australia joins other businesses who have also agreed to waive their NDAs, including KPMG, Commonwealth Bank, Telstra, Medibank, BHP and Telstra.

The movement encourages to partially waiver NDAs so those affected by sexual harassment can make confidential submissions to the National Inquiry.

Bec Brideson, founder of Venus Comms, has also supported the movement and encouraged more agencies to get involved and ‘#WaiveTogether’.

“When the industries clients got serious about sustainability, agencies implemented sustainability policies. When clients started blind recruitment processes, diversity and inclusion best practise – the advertising industry introduced the same.

“We are on the precipice of the chance to make monumental change in our workplaces where sexual harassment is so rife, especially in advertising (Agency Circle research showed 42% have experienced it) that this is the time to take the matter seriously – like our client partners are.

“Agencies should be getting on the front foot and waiving NDAs so the national inquiry can do its work. NDAs have silenced too many women and let the perpetrators continue to wreak havoc on women’s lives, confidence and career paths. If nothing changes, nothing changes,” Brideson said in a statement.

Kate Jenkins, Australia’s sex discrimination commissioner, has also showed her support for the ‘Waive Together’ movement, congratulating Ernst and Young for getting on board.

The Australian Human Rights Commission is asking individuals and organisations to tell us about their views, experiences and suggestions for change as part of the National Inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.

You can enter your own submission here.

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