From both the conceptual and the legal point of view, sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination, in the sense that it is closely linked to the roles assigned to women and men in social and economic life, and to inevitable effects of those roles on women’s position in the labour market. Developing effective means of addressing the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace is becoming an increasingly important concern for companies in all parts of the world. Apart from the need to comply with legislative requirements, failure to adequately address the issue of sexual harassment can have very significant negative consequences for a company’s image and its employees’ loyalty and productivity.
The Indonesian Employers’ Association (Apindo) as the main voice of employers on labour and social issues in Indonesia takes seriously the issue of the sexual harassment at the workplace. Apindo considers that it is very important to provide employers with a practical guidance to prevent and manage the sexual harassment at the workplace. Apindo has developed an employers’ guide to implement the Guideline issued by the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration in 2010. The employers’ guide defines sexual harassment and provides a practical and easy to use tool on how to establish company policy dealing with sexual harassment at the workplace, which shall serve as a handy tool for enterprise of any size to effectively developing in-house policy.