Leading the way in White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation
I am pleased to announce that Samaritans has been accredited as a White Ribbon Accredited Workplace.
White Ribbon Australia’s Workplace Accreditation Program is a world first accreditation program that provides organisations with the tools to be able to respond to incidents of violence, whether it occurs inside or outside the workplace and to prevent this violence from occurring in the first instance. Samaritans has been acknowledged as an employer taking active and effective steps to stop violence against women.
We are leading the way locally, as the only Hunter-based workplace to be accredited by White Ribbon thus far.
Throughout this journey we have taken active and effective steps forward to ensure our workplace prevents men’s violence against women. The staff-led White Ribbon Committee was formed to drive positive organisational action and empower all staff to stand up, speak out and act to prevent men’s violence against women.
Samaritans has at present approximately 770 staff, with over 600 being women. Statistics tell us that 1 in 4 women is a victim of domestic violence and so with a high percentage of female staff, we see it as being incredibly important to empower Samaritans staff and volunteers to prevent workplace violence against women before it occurs.
Over the last two years, three Samaritans staff members have become Ambassadors following a rigorous selection program, including Rob Dawson, Stephen Groombridge and Craig Williamson and a further 370 staff pledged their commitment to end violence again women by taking the White Ribbon Oath.
The safety and wellbeing of all of our staff members is paramount and our accreditation achievement is a testament to this. I strongly encourage all organisations to consider participating in the White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program. Together we can put a stop to violence against women.