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Australia: ANZ Bank CEO commits to helping employees facing domestic violence to take steps for protection

Author: Joanna Mather, Financial Review (Australia), Published on:

"ANZ CEO Mike Smith takes lead in domestic violence campaign"

ANZ chief executive Mike Smith was listening to sex discrimination commissioner Liz Broderick explain that one in three women will encounter violence in their lifetime when he realised the problem would affect many at his bank.  "Just doing the numbers, we employ about 30,000 people so 10,000 of our workforce have been subjected to some form of abuse and that, frankly, is very confronting," he said... 

ANZ is among a number of businesses to have introduced paid domestic leave allowances so victims can attend court and medical appointments, for example. Telstra, a leader in the area, is looking at what more it can do as an employer when perpetrators use work email or phones to commit abuse... Rio Tinto is extending its zero-harm policy at work to zero-harm at home...

[Sex discrimination commissioner Liz Broderick said]..."Not only has business started to find the language to talk about what is an uncomfortable subject for many, but they've really started to recognise that they can't champion gender equality without actually stepping up and doing something about eliminating domestic and family violence."

Mr Smith's message to other businesses leaders who might think family violence is a private matter, is "wake-up". Nor does he think small businesses should be let off the hook over offering extra paid leave.

Read the full post here

Related companies: ANZ Bank Rio Tinto Telstra