Ted Baker to offer HR training as sexual harassment investigation concludes

Marco Green
April 13, 2019

An investigation into harassment complaints at United Kingdom fashion brand Ted baker has found several areas where systems need to be improved and the firm is also introducing a confidential whistleblower's phone line.

During Page's 22 years with the company, the board said he had been "instrumental" in the development and implementation of many of its strategic initiatives, both in the United Kingdom and internationally, underpinning the growth and performance of Ted Baker as a global lifestyle brand.

The company had at that time, also appointed Herbert Smith Freehills LLP (HSF) to conduct an independent external investigation into allegations and the company's policies, procedures and handling of HR-related complaints, which Ted Baker said, has now been concluded.

Lindsay Page added that he was "delighted" to have been chosen to be the company's new CEO. This has included current and former employees of the Company as well as others who have had the opportunity to closely observe employees at Ted Baker. "The other thing is, is there any legal risk for the group?"

Baker, who has been with the company for 22 years, would replace founder Ray Kelvin, who resigned on 4 March after allegations of misconduct. He denies all allegations. Last month he said he would resign to "allow the business to focus on being the outstanding brand it is so it can face 2019 with fresh energy and renewed spirit".

As a result it said it will "refresh" its HR policies.

The law firm looked at the company's policies, procedures and handling of employee grievances. He remains the biggest shareholder with a stake of almost 35 per cent.

"One of Ted Baker's greatest strengths is its people".

Refusal to publish the report also raises questions over whether the board's chairman, David Bernstein, and the new CEO were the right choices to continue to manage the company, the shareholder who spoke to the Guardian said. In December 2018, he was appointed acting CEO.

Page, 59, joined Ted Baker as finance director in February 1997 before taking on the additional role of chief operating officer in July 2014; Bernstein has served as a director since 2003.

It would renew training for all employees on HR policies and procedures and on acceptable workplace conduct, maintain an independent and confidential whistleblowing hotline and enhance the oversight of both people and culture matters at the plc Board. It will survey staff this year to gauge progress.

"On behalf of the Board and everyone at Ted Baker, we congratulate Lindsay on his appointment and wish him well in his new role".

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