Workplace Accreditation Program
What is the White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program?
The White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program is a program that engenders a whole of organisation commitment to stop violence against women, meeting 15 criteria under three standards to create a safer and more respectful workplace. It recognises workplaces that are taking active steps to stop violence against women, accrediting them as a White Ribbon Workplace.
The program builds on existing gender equality and diversity initiatives, providing the tools to strengthen a culture of respect and gender equality at all levels of the organisation. The program supports organisations to respond to and prevent violence against women, whether it occurs inside or outside the organisation, through supporting women experiencing violence, holding perpetrators to account, supporting all employees to challenge inappropriate behaviour and strengthening gender equality within the broader community.
The process of accreditation is supported by a network of experts nationally who share HR policy and best practice resources. The White Ribbon’s Workplace Accreditation Program team work alongside organisations to guide them through the accreditation process. There are official Workplace Approved Training Providers available all across Australia which can assist workplaces in their accreditation journey.
The Workplace Accreditation Program is internationally recognised and has reached over 600,000 employees nationally. The program has been independently evaluated and referenced by a group of HR, human rights, domestic violence and education professionals, ensuring a best practice product.
- 178 accredited workplaces nationally
- 102 participating organisations
- The program has reached over 600,000 employees nationally
Why do the White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation?
Violence against women is a serious, prevalent and preventable issue in Australia. Violence against women – whether it occurs in or beyond the workplace – impacts on the health and safety of employees, their wellbeing and their productivity. It impacts negatively on workplace culture, organisational reputation and bottom-line profit and loss.
White Ribbon Workplaces promote respectful relationships and gender equality within the workplace and demonstrate a culture of zero tolerance of violence against women.
The Workplace Accreditation Program supports workplaces to adapt organisational culture, policies and procedures, equipping staff with the knowledge and skills to address the issue of violence against women, both within the workplace and broader community. Accredited workplaces demonstrate effective leadership, resource allocation, communication, HR policy development and training. Accreditation lasts for 3 years, evidencing an ongoing, sustainable commitment to the prevention of violence against women.
Benefits of the White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program
- Drive social change to strengthen gender equality and stop violence against women
- improved workplace culture, office safety and morale
- increased knowledge and skills of staff to address violence against women
- improved retention rates and lower staff turnover
- risk mitigation
- improved productivity
- reduced absenteeism
- improved reputation
- becoming an employer of choice.
‘I believe staff are becoming more aware about what constitutes poor behaviour, and are more willing to speak up if they come across inappropriate behaviour or attitudes’. Employee, Post-program Survey Response.