Designing Effective Workplace Policies against Violence and Harassment

A Future of Work Free from Violence and Harassment: Workplace policy design lab

Designing Effective Workplace Policies against Violence and Harassment

A Blueprint for Respectful and Safe Work Environments

26 February–22 March 2024
The course is available in English
Key features

Just enough theory, and a lot of practice: guided by experts and inspired by peers, develop a tool that works for you.


Make the most of participatory and collaborative methods to contribute to collective knowledge-creation. 


Network with international experts and peers from around the world, share good practices, tap into their experiences.

Introduction to the course

Where do you begin when designing a policy to combat violence and harassment in the workplace? What are the key factors when aiming to align with the principles enshrined in ILO Convention No. 190 and Recommendation No. 206? How do you turn policy into practice: assessing and managing risks, setting up committees, investigating complaints, training staff, supporting victims, analysing data and so on? What are the existing good practices and success stories? This hands-on e-workshop aims to provide participants with practical knowledge and tools for action.

Who attends this course?

- Human Resources Officers and Diversity & Inclusions representatives of companies, looking to mainstream V&H concerns in their operations. - Legal and Compliance Professionals responsible for ensuring organizational adherence to legal and compliance standards related to workplace conduct. - Government Officials and Policymakers involved in shaping and implementing labour-related policies at the governmental level. - OSH supervisors and technical staff responsible for OSH within enterprises. - Employers' and workers' organizations looking to equip themselves to provide practical guidance to their affiliates; - Workers and workers' representatives at the level of organizations and enterprises.


In this learning journey you will explore and assess key ingredients for a workplace policy on violence and harassment that is aligned with the new ILO instruments, and be guided to use them to design a policy that works for you and your organization.

By working on actual policy examples from real organizations, together we will assess gaps with regard to C190 alignment section by section, review and compare related options and approaches as well as their implications, advantages and disadvantages. Eventually, your task will be able to select the ones that best adapt to your objectives and work context.

Here is a programme overview, week by week


Program overview

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What will you be able to do?

This course will therefore equip you with the tools to:

  • Understand the problem of violence and harassment in the world of work as relating specifically to your work context and through the lens of ILO C190;
  • Identify practical measures that can be put in place to prevent, address and remedy, and frame them within a policy document that fits the needs and settings of your organisation;
  • Mainstream violence and harassment into existing mechanisms and regulations at the level of your workplace, including Occupational Safety and Health instruments;
  • Devise an action plan to turn policy into practice.

Through design-oriented participatory activities, you will come out of this training with a recipe for a policy tool that works in your context.

Why should you join?
  1. Comprehensive Understanding of Violence and Harassment: Participants will gain in-depth insights into the nuanced challenges of violence and harassment, understanding their specific implications in their work context.
  2. Practical Measures for Prevention and Remedy: you will learn practical measures that can be implemented to prevent, address, and remedy instances of violence and harassment, based on the unique needs and settings of their respective organizations.
  3. Alignment with ILO Standards: you will learn how to design a workplace policy document against violence and harassment that is fully aligned with ILO standards.
  4. Mainstreaming into Existing Mechanisms: you will discover how to integrate violence and harassment concerns into existing mechanisms and regulations at the workplace level, including Occupational Safety and Health instruments.
  5. Action Planning and Implementation: The course will guide you in devising an action plan to turn policy into practice, ensuring effective implementation in your organizational context.
Expected Time Commitment:


time commitment

Scheduling of activities:

Live sessions will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays (Timing will be adjusted as much as possible to applicants’ time zones and will be communicated 1 week before launch). Every week you will be expected to work a little bit on your personal project, which you will then finalize in week 4 as your final assignment.


Partial fellowships are available for worthy candidates from countries ODA receiving countries (Official Development Assistance). Consult the updated recipients’ list here 

If you are applying for funding, please specify so in your application form (it should also be confirmed by endorsement letter).

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