MEDIA RELEASE - 31 March 2016
Today, White Ribbon Australia celebrates the accreditation of nine organisations as White Ribbon Workplaces, bringing the total number of White Ribbon accredited workplaces in Australia to 45.
A further 120 workplaces are currently working towards accreditation.The program is rigorous. Over an 18 month period, participating workplaces must satisfy 15 assessment criteria under three separate standards. They submit evidence of extensive staff consultation, staff engagement, staff training as well as new and improved HR policies and procedures.“We congratulate these workplaces for their exceptional commitment to driving social change,” said Nicholas Cowdery AM QC Chair of White Ribbon.“With one in three women experiencing physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them in Australia, the likelihood of a workplace employing a current, former or potential perpetrator and one or more victims of domestic violence is high.”
“Workplace Accreditation gives employers across all sectors the means to create and sustain a working environment based on equality and mutual respect. The benefits of standing up and speaking out about men’s violence against women extend beyond the immediate office environment.”Branding as a White Ribbon Accredited Workplace occurs when an organisation provides documented evidence against the Accreditation Framework. To date, this internationally recognised White Ribbon Australia Program has reached over 400,000 Australian employees since the program began.
“The diversity of organisations that we are accrediting today, from the public and private sectors, from small to large employers, is impressive. Each and every one recognises that ending men’s violence against women is 100% a workplace issue. They are committed to developing a workplace culture that demonstrates respect and gender equality.” Libby Davies, Chief Executive of White Ribbon Australia said. Accreditation lasts for 3 years.
Applications for re-accreditation must evidence a sustained commitment to the journey of attitudinal and behavioural change. White Ribbon will be reviewing the accreditation status of the organisations that took part in the 2013 pilot program later this year.Organisations can visit www.whiteribbon.org.au/workplaces to register their interest.
Accredited Workplaces March 2016
About Violence Against Women and the Workplace
One in three women experience physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them.
One in five women experience harassment within the workplace.
94% of employees agree employers should take a leadership role in educating their workplace about respectful relationships between men and women.
In a recent survey, 48% of respondents who had experienced domestic violence disclosed it to a manager or supervisor, and only 10% found their response helpful.
Disclosure is often a traumatic experience for victims of violence, but it can also be a stressful time for supervisors receiving the disclosure. Training and support is critical.The Australian Government estimates that domestic violence costs the business and corporate sector about $1.5 billion per annum. The direct cost to employers in terms of staff absenteeism, lost productivity replacement staff costs and misused workplace resources is estimated to cost $465 million per annum.
White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon), as part of this global movement, aims to create an Australian society in which all women can live in safety, free from violence and abuse. White Ribbon works through a primary prevention approach understanding that men are central to achieving the social change necessary to prevent men’s violence against women. We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of some men and demand change. White Ribbon is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s abuse of women. Through education, awareness-raising and creative campaigns, preventative programs and partnerships, we are highlighting the positive role men play in preventing men’s violence against women and enabling them to be part of this social change.
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