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Early this year, DP World Australia commenced re-accreditation as a White Ribbon Workplace, continuing the journey it first undertook in 2014 when it was part of the first cohort of Australian organisations to be accredited.

Paul Scurrah, DP World Australia’s Managing Director and CEO is a White Ribbon Ambassador and says the accreditation process presented an opportunity to address bullying and harassment behaviours at home and at work. 

“We often get asked, why White Ribbon? We recognise the importance of playing an active role in preventing violence against women. DP World Australia’s engagement with White Ribbon is about building greater equality and respect between men and women, and reducing attitudes that support violence.

“Additionally, social policy initiatives addressing gender inequity are central to reducing violence against women.

“With a male workforce of 92 percent, it was an easy decision to align with White Ribbon the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women.”

“Four years into our campaign, White Ribbon is very much part of our organisation and ties in with our vision to care more,” Mr Scurrah said. 

There are now 144 accredited workplaces Australia wide, with the White Ribbon message having reached 600,000 employees. There are currently 75 organisations participating in the accreditation process. The reaccreditation process will include refresher training across the whole organisation.

The statistics for violence against women are grim, and speak for themselves:

  •        Over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence.
  •        Domestic and family violence is the principle cause of homelessness for women and their children.
  •        Intimate partner violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and ill-health in Australian women aged 15-44.
  •        One in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them.
  •        One in four children are exposed to domestic violence, which is a recognised form of child abuse.
  •        The cost of violence against women to the Australian economy is estimated to rise to $15.6 billion per annum.
  •        One in five women experience harassment within the workplace.
  •        One in five women over 18 has been stalked during her lifetime.

White Ribbon is Australia’s campaign to prevent violence against women. Find out more at www.whiteribbon.org.au