83 percent of respondents who are board members at venture capital firms say that their boards have talked about the recent sexual harassment accusations. (Photo: Shutterstock)

While the vast majority of board directors don’t think that a general discussion of sexism and sexual harassment in the workplace should happen at the board level, directors for more heavily scrutinized venture capital companies are beginning to tackle the issues head on, according to the results of a survey by theBoardlist and Qualtrics.

The survey polled more than 600 board directors at private and public companies of all sizes, and found that 77 percent have not discussed accusations of sexism or sexually inappropriate behavior in the workplace. Most (88 percent) haven’t implemented a plan of action as a result of recent revelations in the media, and 83 percent haven’t re-evaluated the company’s risks.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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