Microsoft‘s president said on Tuesday there would probably be fewer reports on sexual harassment if there were more women in leadership.
“I just don’t believe that any institution that has a strong representation of women at the leadership level is likely to face some of the problems we’ve been reading about,” said Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer at the software giant.
“We need to do a lot more to address diversity issues in the tech sector,” he added on CNBC’s “Squawk Alley.” “There is no substitute for getting more women in more positions of leadership.”
Smith, also a board member at Netflix, said Microsoft and the general tech industry needs to take “concrete steps” in 2018 to address diversity issues, such as using the buzz from the #metoo and #timesup discussion as a starting point, “so that women’s voices can always be heard if they’re facing a sexual harassment problem.”
Last month, Microsoft endorsed the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act, a bipartisan bill from Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, and Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, that would ensure that anyone who faced sexual harassment in the workplace could make their case in a public court.