In response to charges of impropriety, the head of the Confederation of British Industry has resigned.
According to the CBI, director-general (CBI Boss) Tony Danker requested to leave his position awaiting the results of an impartial inquiry into accusations regarding his behavior at work.
The organization said it had looked into a formal complaint regarding Mr Danker’s actions in January but decided that “the problem did not need escalation to a disciplinary procedure”.
A female employee said that Mr. Danker made “unwelcome contact with her and believed this unwanted behavior to be sexual harassment,” and The Guardian newspaper contacted the CBI about the concerns.
“We have now taken steps to launch an independent probe into these fresh concerns,” the CBI stated in a statement.
Tony Danker requested to resign from his position as director-general of the CBI while the probe is being conducted independently.
It is crucial to emphasize that until this inquiry is over, any fresh claims remain untested and it would be improper to speak further at this time. “The CBI takes all complaints of workplace behavior extremely seriously.”
CBI boss Tony Danker Introduction
From November 2020, Mr. Danker has served as the CBI’s leader. The CBI represents companies including Tesco and HSBC. Prior to that, he had a number of jobs in the business and media sectors.
He also served as a government policy advisor from 2008-2010, working with the Cabinet Office and Treasury. Once the formal complaint was filed, Mr. Danker kept serving as the organization’s prominent and powerful representative.
Last Wednesday, he attended a CBI conference where Gillian Keegan, the secretary of education, gave the opening remarks.
In his first address of the year in January, Mr. Danker encouraged the government to make “major decisions” to stimulate the economy, claiming that the UK was falling behind its rivals internationally in terms of green growth. In his spring budget, he urged Jeremy Hunt, chancellor, to “shy away from the hard decisions that might change the UK’s trend” of declining investment.
Using legislation to increase domestic demand for green technology, as is being done for electric vehicles, he encouraged ministers to take advantage of chances for green growth by changing the approval process for green infrastructure.
Fox Williams’ head of employment law Joanna Chatterton is in charge of looking into the accusations made against Mr. Danker.
Danker has been temporarily replaced by the CBI’s main UK policy director, Matthew Fell.