Commentary: New Zealand business group finalise template on how employers can help victims of family violence

Author: Jackie Blue, Voxy, Published on: 22 October 2018

"NZ businesses role in addressing human rights issues", 17 October 2018

...[T]he New Zealand Human Rights Commission hosted the inaugural forum on Business and Human Rights...attended by...big businesses.... 

...New Zealand companies identified the top five human rights issues affecting business as ethical sourcing and transparency in supply chain; violence, abuse and bullying in the workplace; decent work and pay; data and surveillance for big business; and migrant exploitation.

...New Zealand has the highest rate of family violence in the OECD. ...the cost of family violence to business estimated there are half a million victims of family violence in New Zealand.... 

The Family Violence Steering Group...consisted of Vodafone, Fonterra, ANZ, Countdown, EY, The Warehouse Group, Ricoh and the New Zealand Human Rights Commission...finalised a template family violence policy, setting out how employers can offer employees who are victims of family violence additional paid leave, flexible working to ensure safety at work, refer employees to counselling services, train staff, keep disclosures of violence as confidential as possible, and deal with perpetrators of family violence in the workplace.

...The government can legislate and make rules and regulations, but businesses have an opportunity to lead and influence in sometimes stronger ways.

...The Modern Day Slavery Act Australia...have an impact on approximately 500 New Zealand businesses.... New Zealand businesses will have to know and show that they have no slavery in their supply chains even two tiers removed. 

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Related companies: Countdown EY (Ernst & Young) Fonterra Vodafone Warehouse