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White Ribbon Australia accredits its largest group of workplaces working to end men’s violence against women

White Ribbon Australia accredits its largest group of workplaces working to end men’s violence against women

Today, White Ribbon Australia celebrates the accreditation of twenty-seven organisations as White Ribbon Workplaces. This brings the total number of White Ribbon accredited workplaces in Australia to 107. A further 78 workplaces are currently working towards accreditation. So far the White Ribbon Accreditation Program has reached over 600,000 Australians via their workplace.

Over the past eighteen months, these organisations have undertaken rigorous training, having satisfied fifteen assessment criteria under three separate standards. They have demonstrated effective leadership, resource allocation, communication, HR policy development and training to create a safer and more respectful workplace.

White Ribbon Australia celebrates the largest group of accredited workplaces to complete its Workplace Accreditation Program. This cohort features a diverse cross-section of organisations, from local councils to a multinational.

“We congratulate all the workplaces receiving accreditation today on their extraordinary effort and dedication,” said Libby Davies, Chief Executive of White Ribbon Australia.

“These organisations have committed time and resources to review and enhance their HR policies, procedures and the way in which they communicate with staff. They have delivered training to managers and staff on what it means to work in a safe and respectful workplace.

“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.” concluded Ms Davies.

Accreditation lasts for three years and evidences an ongoing, sustainable commitment to the prevention of violence against women.

FACT SHEET FOLLOWS – List of new accredited organisations + evidence based facts on violence against women and the rationale for workplace participation in addressing violence against women.

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Media & Interview requests

White Ribbon Australia CEO, Libby Davies is available for interview. The White Ribbon Australia Workplace Program video is available upon request.

Contact: Irina Kamychnikova on 0426 221 550 OR Jenny Muir on 0415 401 200

 Organisation  Region
Royal Australian Air Force National
Virgin Australia National
Social Futures NSW
Mid North Coast Local Health District NSW
Samaritans Foundation – Diocese of Newcastle NSW
NSW Police NSW
QLD Department of Communities, Child Safety & Disability Services QLD
Tablelands Sexual Assault Service QLD
Renewal SA SA
SA Ambulance Service SA
SA Environment Protection Authority SA
SA Country Health SA Local Health Network SA
People’s Choice Credit Union SA
Australian Refugee Association SA
SA Metropolitan Fire Services SA
SA Southern Adelaide Local Health Network SA
SA Northern Adelaide Local Health Network SA
SA Women’s and Children’s Local Health Network SA
Fuji Xerox Business Centre Tasmania TAS
Benetas (Anglican Aged Care Services Group) VIC
Surf Coast Shire Council VIC
Magistrates’ Court of Victoria VIC
Waverley Industries Limited VIC
Centacare, Catholic Diocese of Ballarat VIC
Benalla Health VIC
The Royal Women’s Hospital VIC
Aboriginal Housing Victoria VIC


Highlights

  • Virgin Australia joins DP World Australia and Telstra as multinational organisations who have Australian operations already accredited by White Ribbon. Virgin is the first airline in Australia to be accredited as a White Ribbon Workplace.
  • Mid North Coast Local Health District is the first health district in NSW to become accredited
  • NSW Police joins: NT Police; SA Police; TAS Police, Fire and Emergency Services as White Ribbon Workplaces
  • QLD Department of Communities, Child Safety & Disability Services joins: WA Department of Child Protection and Family Support, NSW Department of Family & Community Services and NT Department of Local Government and Community Services

About White Ribbon Australia

The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest global male-led movement to stop violence against women.  It engages and enables men and boys to lead this social change.  In Australia, White Ribbon is an organisation that works to prevent violence by changing the attitudes and behaviours that support gender inequality and men’s violence against women. The prevention work is driven through social marketing, the Ambassador Program and prevention initiatives with communities, schools, universities, sporting codes and workplaces.

About Violence against Women and the Workplace  

  • One in three women experience physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them. [1]
  • One in five women experience harassment within the workplace. [2]
  • 94% of employees agree employers should take a leadership role in educating their workplace about respectful relationships between men and women. [3]
  • 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. [4]
  • 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. [5]

[1] Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2013). Personal Safety, Australia, 2012

[2] Australian Human Rights Commission (2008). Sexual Harassment Guide.

[3] Pennay, D & Powell, A. (2012).  The role of bystander knowledge, attitudes and behaviours in preventing violence against women: A full technical report.  The Social Research Centre. Melbourne.

[4] VicHealth, 2009, National Survey on Community Attitudes to Violence Against Women. Victorian Health Promotion Foundation.

[5] National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children (2009). The cost of violence against women and their children.

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