The Screen Actors Guild board of directors have unanimously approved a new code of conduct on sexual harassment, aiming to find “solutions to ensure a safe work environment for our members wherever they work across the globe.”
“To truly change the culture we must be courageous and willing,” SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris says. “At its most basic, this Code will ultimately help better define what harassment is, and what members’ rights are in real world situations. We are going further, however, with the launch of our Four Pillars of Change initiative to achieve safe workplaces and advance equity.”
The code promises protections against harassment, as well as defenses for members reporting incidents. The code reads “we all share the expectation that our members, and all professionals, will refrain from engaging in harassing conduct and support efforts to eliminate this scourge from the workplace.”
SAG-AFTRA is primarily known for representing actors in the film industry, but the union also supports many of the most prolific voice actors in gaming. They led the 2016 strike against videogame publishers which only came to a close a few months ago, affecting titles including Life is Strange.
This follows the widespread condemnation of historical sexual harassment in the film industry that kicked off last year, spreading much further soon after with the MeToo movement. You can read the full revised code of conduct here.