The report that led to the CBI director’s removal was not shared with him. The CBI’s former head was fired without seeing a copy of the information, which led to his dismissal.
Allegations of inappropriate behavior in the workplace led to Tony Danker’s dismissal from the lobbying organization.
Mr. Danker participated in an independent investigation by giving interviews and submitting written evidence but was not allowed to react to the final findings.
The CBI said they had nothing to add.
Furthermore, the BBC has discovered that in response to separate claims of severe sexual misconduct within the CBI, a prominent FTSE 100 company has ceased interacting with the organization. These accusations have nothing to do with Mr. Danker.
Another major UK corporation, which also requested anonymity, voiced “grave worry” over the allegations against the advocacy group.
An inquiry by the law firm Fox Williams found that Mr. Danker’s actions did not meet the standards of the director general.
Among these were a woman’s complaint from January and several others from staff members this past month.
Mr. Danker apologized to social media, saying, “Many of the charges against me have been misrepresented, but I recognize that I accidentally made several colleagues feel uncomfortable, and I am sorry about that.”
In 2020, Mr. Danker succeeded Dame Carolyn Fairbairn as CBI director general after she had served for five years.
Rain Newton-Smith, returning to the CBI, is taking his place. Between 2014 through March of this year, she served as a head economist for the advocacy group and on its executive committee. She up and joined Barclays and thus disappeared.
Fox Williams is also looking into sexual misconduct allegations against CBI workers, such as a rape claim during a 2019 summer boat party.
City of London police are investigating the allegations, and three CBI staff have been suspended.
According to the interviews, several CBI members have voiced severe worries about the claims. They are considering whether or not to continue their membership until the conclusion of the investigations.
The administration has stated that it will suspend communication with the CBI until Fox Williams’ probe results are known.
The CBI cannot speculate on when the report will be released because it is unclear how law enforcement involvement will affect the timeline.
As a result, the CBI is uncertain and needs to communicate effectively with the government or its members.
The charges were described as “very disturbing” by a spokeswoman for the aerospace firm Rolls-Royce.
“We note the CBI’s announced actions and the ongoing investigations. We will wait until these inquiries are finalized before making any membership decisions, “they said.