WIN: Ted Baker

BREAKING: I’ve just got off the phone with Ted Baker’s head office. They’re launching a full independent investigation into the alleged ‘culture of harassment’. And they’ve said they’re ‘open to changing the way we do things’ when it comes to hugs. [1]

Our campaign to end ‘forced hugs’ and harassment at Ted Baker is in every UK newspaper, it’s on the news channels and plastered across social media. Literally millions (and counting) of people are seeing what the Organise community can do. [2] 

It’s inspiring hundreds more people to join Organise and share their own stories of harassment. The Organise staff team is working hard to help every person launch a campaign, whether it’s a survey to collect evidence of harassment or a petition to call it out. But there’s only 5 of us in the staff team (and four of us are part time!). 

Will you chip in £1 a week to help us hire another staff member to support all these new campaigns? If hundreds of us chip in we’ll have enough to bring someone in asap: 


I’ll chip in £1 a week


Or if you've got something you'd like to change at your work, you can start a campaign here. The Organise staff team will support you every step of the way:

I'll start a campaign


It took one month to win this campaign. From day one when Ted Baker staff used the Organise website to share their experiences, hundreds of us piled in to support their campaign by signing their petition. Together our pressure exposed what was happening at the highest level. [2] Now over 100 anonymised reports of harassment are sat with Ted Baker’s board. All because a group of Organise members were able to team up and change their workplace for the better. 

Here's what one former Ted Baker employee who joined Organise this weekend had to say: 

"I think the petition is amazing!! Something I thought about when I was working there but never had the guts to speak out :( to be a part of this makes me feel like I've finally done the right thing even if just a small contribution." 

Thank you for being part of the Organise community. Please will you chip in and help support more people to fight injustice at work and win campaigns? 

I’ll chip in £1 a week

I’ll chip in £2 a week

I’ll chip in £5 a week

I’ll start a campaign


Thanks for being involved,

Nat, Usman, Pavlina, Annabel and Matt - the Organise staff team

NOTES:
[1] Here's the response from Ted Baker to the Organise community, and their public statement below:

"We have already appointed an independent committee of the Non-Executive Directors to oversee our response to the petition. That committee is currently reviewing a range of external independent law firms to scope and run the investigation. As part of this investigation, we wholly envisage providing all concerned the appropriate forum to be heard. 

From our perspective, we have responded quickly and positively, and we are doing precisely what you and the petition has called for. The non executives will then carefully consider whether there are lessons to be learned. 

We would therefore be grateful that you update the petitioners on this basis." 

Here's the link to their full public statement:
http://otp.investis.com/clients/uk/ted_baker/rns/regulatory-story.aspx?cid=898&newsid=1213867 

[2] Here's a bunch of the media coverage from today and this weekend: 

BBC News: Ted Baker staff launch petition over 'forced hugging' (it was most read story on the website):
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46417578 
Reuters: UK retailer Ted Baker to investigate company culture of hugging:
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ted-baker-ceo/uk-retailer-ted-baker-to-investigate-company-culture-of-hugs-idUSKBN1O20SW 
Independent: Ted Baker staff demand end of ‘forced hugging and culture of harassment’:
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/ted-baker-staff-fashion-stores-petition-forced-hugging-innuendo-ray-kelvin-a8664176.html 
The FT: Investors out of love with Ted Baker after ‘hugging’ claims:
https://www.ft.com/content/1a96f840-f6df-11e8-8b7c-6fa24bd5409c 
ITV News: Ted Baker launches investigation into claims of 'forced hugging' by firm’s boss:
https://www.itv.com/news/2018-12-02/ted-baker-investigates-forced-hugging-claims/ 
Sky News: Ted Baker employees complain of founder's 'awkward hugging policy':
https://news.sky.com/story/ted-baker-employees-complain-of-founders-awkward-hugging-policy-11569607 
Daily Mail: Staff launch petition against forced hugging:
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6451653/Female-Ted-Baker-staff-launch-petition-against-boss-forced-hugging.html 
The Times: Ted Baker staff demand end to ‘forced hugging’:
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ted-baker-staff-demand-end-to-forced-hugging-rhzr5gvqg 
The Guardian: Ted Baker staff complain of ‘forced hugs’ by company founder:
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/dec/02/ted-baker-staff-complain-forced-hugs-company-founder-ray-kelvin 
Buzzfeed: Ted Baker Employees Have Launched A Petition To End A "Culture Of Forced Hugging" At The Retailer:
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/mbvd/ted-baker-forced-hugging-petition 
Huffington Post: Staff At Ted Baker Fashion Chain Petition For Boss To Stop 'Forced Hugging':
https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/staff-at-ted-baker-fashion-chain-petition-for-boss-to-stop-forced-hugging_uk_5c03b3a6e4b04fb21168e4b5 
Mirror Online: Ted Baker staff launch petition over 'forced hugging' by fashion chain boss:
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/ted-baker-staff-launch-petition-13679461 
Evening Standard: Ted Baker denies culture of 'forced hugs' at firms' HQ:
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/ted-baker-denies-culture-of-forced-hugs-at-firms-hq-a4005936.html