The real estate investment trust (REIT) has completed the White Ribbon Australia Workplace Accreditation Program.
The accreditation signifies that Scentre has committed its entire organisation to address the issues of gendered violence and sexual harassment of women.
Let’s take a closer look at Scentre’s latest accomplishment and the other ASX 200 shares that can also boast the achievement.
Scentre joins ASX 200 companies tackling big issues
The above-mentioned companies are just a few of more than 240 workplaces that have been accredited by White Ribbon.
They have each committed to doing their bit to reduce the number of women facing violence and abuse, both in the workplace and at home.
Scentre CEO Peter Allen commented on the company’s newest honour, saying:
We sought accreditation because we wanted to make a public statement about our commitment to creating a safe, inclusive, and respectful workplace, which is fundamental to the way we operate as a responsible, sustainable business.
We all have a responsibility to stand up and speak out against behaviours that contribute to gendered violence, support women affected by it, and hold perpetrators accountable.
According to White Ribbon Australia, one in four women have experienced sexual harassment at work. Additionally, 60% of women experiencing violence at home have a workplace.
On top of those potentially astounding figures, KPMG found that men’s violence, harassment, and abuse cost the Australian economy $22 billion in 2015-2016.
Scentre provides employees who are victims and survivors of domestic and family violence with an extra 10 days of paid leave. They are also given access to legal assistance, financial advice, and funds for emergencies, temporary housing, and medical support.
The company also provides its staff with tools and education to increase their awareness of domestic and family violence, as well as how to find support for themselves, victims, or survivors.
Scentre states that these measures help to remove the stigma victims and survivors sometimes face when speaking up.