- Feb 5, 2020
- AFL Club
i’m in the camp that Eddie stayed too long as President. Good corporate governance suggests he should have passed the baton 10 years ago.Did you think it was a good thing to state that the leaking of a report showing systemic racism at Collingwood was “a proud day for the club”?
However, I do think the ‘proud’ comment was obviously the wrong word to use because he didn’t actually explain why it was a proud day. I believe he was ‘proud’ of not the racism, but the fact that a report was commissioned and that the recommendations to create a better environment were going to be put into force.
And I believe there is confusion on the term ‘systemic racism’. It was made clear by the authors that ‘systemic’ was regarding not having a proper policy/process in dealing with situations where those felt uncomfortable in the workplace. Basically appropriate workplace behaviour which most, if not all, organisations have had in place for probably 15-20 years. I suspect Collingwood isn’t the only club in the country that doesn’t have a well documented policy (which is enforced) and staff provided ongoing training on this issue. It’s staggering to be honest and I’m sure a wake up call for clubs around the country.