The City of Port Adelaide Enfield has become the first Council in South Australia to receive
accreditation as a White Ribbon Workplace.
The Council joins 145 nationally accredited organisations that have made clear their pledge of a zero tolerance of violence against women through a public commitment to create safer and more respectful workplaces.
White Ribbon Workplace accreditation requires the demonstration of a whole of organisation commitment to stop violence against women and to be appropriately supported to understand, prevent and respond to violence against women.
Over an 18 month program, the City of Port Adelaide Enfield has shown effective leadership, resource allocation, communication, HR policy development and training to create a safer and more respectful workplace.
Councillor Matt Osborn
, said he was proud of the work put in by Council staff to gain the accreditation, that was confirmation of a zero tolerance of violence against women.
“Improving the overall knowledge and skills of staff to recognise and address violence against women, not only enhances Council’s reputation as an great employer and a leader, but also showcases our commitment to supporting respectful relationships in the wider community.”
We also currently have seven women serving as Elected Members, which further acknowledges our commitment to gender equality and respect throughout the community.
Chief Executive Officer, Mark Withers said that the City of Port Adelaide Enfield is committed to supporting employees who experience violence and to provide a workplace environment
that promotes safety and supports a life that is free of violence.
“Together we have taken a stand about what kind of culture we want to create for our employees. White ribbon accreditation helps us demonstrate our aim of gender equality in our workplace, and the promotion of a culture of safety, support and accountability.”
“Our White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation has already resulted in a new administrative policy related to support for staff experiencing family and domestic violence, a training program and participation in raising funds for white ribbon charities.”
As a further recognition of the commitment from the Council, a Garden of Hope will be set in the Port Adelaide Enfield Civic Centre for individuals to offer a message for support for zero tolerance of violence against women.