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man and woman silhouetted looking out a skyscraper office window “There’s been a growing understanding at the board level that part of exercising fiduciary duties is understanding what’s going on at the company quite broadly,” says legal expert Aviva Gilbert. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Faced with complaints of workplace misconduct, companies have increasingly opted in recent years to look not only into the claims themselves, but into their company culture at-large, too.

It’s a strategy many companies started adopting around the #MeToo movement, which launched conversations on how corporate culture—and not merely bad actors—can pave the way for sexual harassment in the workplace. According to attorneys tasked with these investigations, though, a growing number of companies are now taking an even more proactive approach: launching culture investigations even when there are no formal complaints in sight.

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