White Ribbon Australia statistics inform us that 1 in 3 women experience physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them. Violence against women is a serious, prevalent and preventable issue in Australia. The majority of domestic violence victims are women, and this is most likely to be perpetrated by a man. However, all forms of violence are unacceptable. Whether it occurs in or beyond the workplace, domestic and family violence impacts the health and safety of employees.
The White Ribbon Australia Workplace Accreditation Program engenders a whole of organisation commitment to stop violence against women and families, meeting 15 criteria under three standards to create a safer and more respectful workplace.
In November 2018 Sanofi proudly became the first pharmaceutical company in Australia to gain White Ribbon Accreditation. We wanted to ensure we’re living our values and consistently promoting respectful relationships and gender equality within our workplace.
We’ve held extensive leadership training on family and domestic violence awareness and extended training to all our people as we share a collective responsibility to reject and prevent domestic violence and to change attitudes and behaviours. We have also launched a unique Family and Domestic Violence Policy and Safety Action Plan, and reinforced our 20 additional days of paid domestic violence leave, well above the legislated five days unpaid leave.
I was in a bad situation and it was getting worse quite quickly. By accident I had my work laptop at home one weekend and I was able to look up Sanofi’s domestic violence policy. I emailed my manager and said, “I really need your help”. It has been so incredibly helpful and supportive to myself and my family to have a company that is training its team leaders and management to understand the severity of the situation and the amount of help that might be needed.