The purpose of White Ribbon Business Accreditation is to engage more businesses in effective violence prevention.
Internationally and locally, businesses have been identified as environments in which to prevent violence because:
family and sexual violence has a direct cost for businesses, through staff absenteeism and turnover, and loss of productivity
employers have health and safety responsibilities for the safety of staff, including the risk of violence in the workplace
actively preventing violence can improve staff morale and drive greater productivity
supporting anti-violence initiatives enhance the business’s reputation as a good employer, an ethical organisation, and active supporter of the local community.
To provide structure to White Ribbon’s approach, we have based the programme on a violence-prevention model, The Prevention Institute’s Spectrum of Prevention. To ensure the programme is accessible and applicable to New Zealand businesses, we have broken this down into three easily understood areas.
Taking part in violence prevention eg the White Ribbon campaign
Most of the organisations we have worked with have made their policies freely available, so there is no reason to reinvent the wheel. We can provide these to you and assist you as you adjust the policies to suit your business and employees.
White Ribbon along with the Warehouse and Women's Refuge have helped put together a training module that is free for your business, and can be adapted. White Ribbon will also deliver an initial training session to help you embed your training. The module is approximately three and a half hours long.
Taking part in a White Ribbon campaign is easy. Just take a look at the ideas here.