I’ve not been long around the publishing business. However, it’s clear that like pretty much every other part of society, there can be issues around fair and respectful behaviour.
Conventions without harassment policies have got themselves into tremendous messes and failed to halt abusive behaviour. A culture where alcohol is not unknown poses specific issues. I am aware of one particular writers organisation which has just had to draw up a code.
The work by the Society of Authors, the agents’ representatives, the Publishers Association, and the Booksellers Association needs to be the start of being better.