- Statement from Paul Badrick, CEO, Grant Thornton Jhb
The Grant Thornton Johannesburg firm has undertaken a review of the way we have handled the sexual harassment allegations levelled against a former Head of Forensics.
On behalf of Grant Thornton Johannesburg, I would like to apologise to the two former employees involved. I have tried to reach out to Nerisha by telephone but I have not been able to reach her yet. I would like to speak to both of them directly to convey my regrets and those of all their colleagues. In addition, it was a mistake for us to allow the accused former director to perform limited services with clients in which he was personally involved after he had left the firm.
Grant Thornton Johannesburg has cut all ties with this former director.
I have decided to remove this matter from line management within our firm. The grievances and the culture of Grant Thornton Johannesburg need to be investigated by independent third parties. Grant Thornton International will also investigate the allegations and our firm’s response.
We would welcome an investigation by the Commission for Gender Equality.
Grant Thornton has a zero-tolerance attitude to any form of harassment.
We remain committed to providing our people with a safe place to work and will not tolerate behaviour counter to our values or what our people, our clients and society expect.
We have reminded our staff of the firm’s sexual harassment policy which is available to everybody, and the channels available for bringing concerns to our attention. We have an employee well-being programme and will continue to assess the need for any additional independent support.
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