G4S is an integrated security solutions company working across multiple government jurisdictions that include Prison Management, Court Security, Prisoner Transport, Police Support Services, Electronic Monitoring and Domestic Violence Monitoring Services. The Program seemed like a natural fit, given G4S’ clientele and the growing awareness of domestic violence in Australia. Even though many people in prison have been affected by domestic violence, G4S had not previously considered how much their employees and clients (partners, police and mental health professionals) were exposed to people impacted by domestic violence. G4S wanted a way they could leverage their corporate position to help society by tackling domestic violence issues both within and outside of their business.
- White Ribbon’s strong reputation and the turnkey process they offer were important factors in G4S’s decision to pursue the accreditation. White Ribbon is very well recognised and respected throughout Australia.
- All of the G4S Executive Team worked on the company’s domestic violence policy, procedures and action plans. They received training in how to recognise and respond to domestic violence in the workplace.
- G4S has policies, procedures and documentation in place to promote gender equality and that underpin its commitment to prevent violence against women. This policy framework is extensive, well thought through and well integrated and designed to achieve a workplace free of harassment and violence, where people are valued and supported, and where ethical conduct is the norm.
- G4S has engaged with an expert organisation so that its staff are offered high quality support around family violence and G4S have ensured that the support and referral services are in place for victims of domestic and family violence.
G4S received their White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation in late 2016. Company awareness of domestic violence, how to recognize and respond to it, increased significantly. This process and the learning that came with it have made their staff better at their core business as well, since many of the men and women incarcerated have experienced domestic violence.
Almost two years ago we came to understand that domestic violence is not just a personal issue, it is a workplace issue as well. We felt that as an organisation with a diverse workforce, it was our responsibility to lead the way and therefore we joined with White Ribbon in the belief that we need to make violence against women a men’s issue too.” – G4S Australia, New Zealand Managing Director Dennis Roach
The company culture has changed to one that thinks of equality and caring for one another as status quo. They have regular staff awareness and domestic violence prevention (White Ribbon) fund raising events, regularly review all policies for gender awareness, give to domestic violence shelters through employee volunteer activities or prison work projects, and are proud to be the first Australian company in their industry to achieve White Ribbon Accreditation.
The G4S White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation has been an extremely valuable initiative on many fronts, one of the greatest impacts we’ve seen is our staff coming together as a stronger workforce and creating a positive change in raising awareness of men’s violence against women – Rachel Owens, Director – Strategy and Operations
Adaptation from APEC report on Public and Private Sectors’ Strategies to Prevent Gender-based Violence, Reduce Costs and Develop Capacity in APEC Economies