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What Would an ‘Anti-Harassment’ Certification Look Like?: The Broadsheet

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Sen. Kamala Harris and Rep. Pramila Jayapal introduce the National Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, Stella McCartney inks a deal with LVMH, and a new anti-harassment certification is in the works. Have a lovely Tuesday. 


– Going Purple. Every potential new job comes with a host of questions. Will there be opportunities to advance? How good are the benefits? Is the comp fair? And—particularly in the age of #MeToo—is this a company where I’ll be safe from harassment?

Answering that last one is tricky. But the Purple Campaign, an anti-harassment organization founded by Ally Coll, is attempting to provide job seekers with some insight into how seriously prospective employers take the problem of workplace harassment.

Emma has the story on the new effort—called “Purple Certification”—which would provide third-party verification that a company has put best practices-level policies in place to prevent harassment, as well as to report and swiftly respond to it when a problem does occur. The system will be loosely modeled on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, which scores companies based on their policies aimed at supporting and protecting LGBTQ employees.

The Purple Campaign is partnering with four companies—Uber, Amazon, Airbnb, and Expedia—to get the certification rolling. Essentially, the pilot companies will act as guinea pigs, providing details of their harassment policies to the organization for scrutiny and helping establish benchmarks for what a good anti-harassment program looks like. The details are still a bit fuzzy right now—for instance, Coll doesn’t yet know whether the certification will be a yes-or-no stamp or a sliding scale—but the plan is to work toward an official launch in 2020.

Of course, no matter how well crafted, such a certification is no guarantee that harassment won’t happen at a given company. But the idea of codifying what it means for a company to take a stand against bad behavior is a good one. And any tool that gives job seekers more transparency into whether a would-be employer will go the extra mile to protect them is a step in the right direction. Fortune

On a separate note, many of our colleagues are in Aspen this week for our annual Fortune Brainstorm Tech confab. There are a host of impressive women, including Quibi’s Meg Whitman and Land O’Lakes CEO Beth Ford, on the docket today—see the full agenda here—so be sure to tune in to the livestream starting at 9:15 am Mountain Time.

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– Bill of rights. A new proposal from Sen. Kamala Harris and Rep. Pramila Jayapal would extend workers’ protections like overtime pay and lunch breaks to domestic workers—nannies, home health aides, house cleaners, and more. There’s also a new profile of Harris in The New Yorker, covering everything from her record as a prosecutor to growing up in a “matriarchy.”

– To the Max. HBO Max is the streaming service set to battle Netflix, armed with Friends. Sarah Aubrey, the former executive vice president of TNT’s original programming, is in charge of developing the original programming that will make the new streaming service a must-subscribe. Vanity Fair 

– How he got caught. The Atlantic follows the story of a serial college student rapist, two women he raped who didn’t come forward, and the one who did. Abby Honold’s police report got Daniel Drill-Mellum sent to prison—but she had to fight to get the case reopened and him charged. The Atlantic

– Sustainable Stella. Stella McCartney will partner with her former rival, LVMH, as the luxury giant amps up its efforts in sustainable fashion—McCartney’s specialty. She’s holding onto majority ownership of her brand. Fortune

– Piepszak pipes up. New JPMorgan CFO Jenn Piepszak makes her quarterly earnings debut today. According to this FT story, “some at the bank now put Ms. Piepszak in the category of possible heirs to the 63-year-old Mr. Dimon”—a category that also includes Consumer Lending boss Marianne Lake. Interesting speculation for those of us waiting (impatiently!) to see a woman at the head of a major U.S. bank. Financial Times

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Google’s Becky Bucich moves to Waymo as chief human resources officer. Snap Inc. has hired Laura Nichols, formerly of National Geographic Partners, as its vice president of communications. Cultural consultancy Sparks & Honey named Tribal Worldwide’s Laura Chiavone managing partner, business transformation. 


– Tsai’s fate in Taiwan. Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen is facing a challenger—Han Kuo-yu, a populist mayor who favors closer ties with China. (He won a primary against the former chairman of Foxconn, Terry Gou.) Tsai is friendlier toward the U.S.; she was criticized by China for a speech supporting the U.S.-Taiwan relationship last week. New York Times 

– Lynch, Lashana Lynch. There’s a new 007 in town. Lashana Lynch will reportedly play the agent with the title in the next James Bond film. But she’s not the first female Bond, exactly. Instead the plot is said to revolve around Lynch taking on the 007 job after Bond—still Daniel Craig—leaves MI6. Guardian

– Not so Gaga for Amazon. Amazon’s Prime Day this year saw protests and strikes over the company’s treatment of workers. Lady Gaga is facing some criticism for partnering with the company and launching her beauty line Haus Laboratories on the site on the day of the protests. Business Insider 

– ‘Where the bodies are buried.’ In 1910, East Texas saw one of America’s deadliest post-Reconstruction racial purges when white mobs murdered more than 50 black people in Slocum. Descendant of the victims Constance Hollie-Jawaid is working to make sure that history is remembered. Texas Observer 

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