Workplace Accreditation Programme

The White Ribbon South Africa Workplace Accreditation Programme is a programme that engenders a whole of an organisations commitment to stop violence against women, meeting 15 criteria under three standards to create a safer and more respectful workplace. The  Programme recognises Organisations that are taking active steps to stop and prevent violence against women, accrediting them as a White Ribbon Workplace

The programme builds on existing BBBEE Gender Equality and Diversity initiatives, providing the tools to strengthen a culture of respect and gender equality at all levels of the organisation.  The program supports organisations to respond to and prevent violence against women, whether it occurs inside or outside the workplace, through supporting women experiencing violence, holding perpetrators to account, supporting all employees to challenge inappropriate behaviour and strengthening gender equality within the broader community.

The White Ribbon South Africa’s Workplace Accreditation Program team work alongside organisations to guide them through the accreditation process. The Workplace Accreditation Program is internationally recognised and has reached hundreds of thousands of employees internationally.  The programme has been independently evaluated and referenced by International HR, human rights, domestic violence and education professionals, ensuring a best practice product.

Why become a White Ribbon Accredited Workplace?

Violence against women (GBV) is a serious, BUT preventable issue in South Africa.  GBV – whether it occurs in or beyond the workplace – impacts on the health and safety of all employees, their well-being and their productivity.  It impacts negatively on workplace culture, organisational reputation and bottom-line profit and loss.

Evidence has shown internationally that White Ribbon Accredited Workplaces are considered better places to work in for both women and for men as they demonstrate an organisation’s commitment to its workplace. Further they are more attractive places to work in.

White Ribbon Workplaces promote respectful relationships and gender equality within the workplace and demonstrate a culture of zero tolerance of violence against women.

The Workplace Accreditation Program supports workplaces to adapt organisational culture, policies and procedures, equipping staff with the knowledge and skills to address the issue of violence against women, both within the workplace and broader community. Accredited workplaces demonstrate effective leadership, resource allocation, communication, HR policy development and training.  Accreditation lasts for 2 years, evidencing an ongoing, sustainable commitment to the prevention of violence against women.

Benefits of the White Ribbon South Africa Workplace Accreditation Programme

  • Drive social change to strengthen gender equality and stop violence against women
  • improved workplace culture, office safety and morale
  • increased knowledge and skills of staff to address violence against women
  • improved retention rates and lower staff turnover
  • risk mitigation
  • improved productivity
  • reduced absenteeism
  • Vastly improved reputation

If you would like to learn more about how your company / organisation can become a White Ribbon South Africa Accredited Workplace or even become an Official Partner or Sponsor then please click on the button below and fill in the expression of interest form.

You will then receive an automatic response and in a few days you will also receive an email and / or call from a White Ribbon Ambassador – we will also then send you a worksheet to help you get started on your journey to become a White Ribbon Accredited Workplace – and even become a White Ribbon South Africa Official Partner or Sponsor