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Serco achieves White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation

Published: 20 Mar 2024

Serco is proud to announce our successful completion of the White Ribbon Australia Workplace Accreditation Program.

The program, facilitated by the community service organisation Communicare, entails a whole-organisation commitment to address issues of gendered violence and sexual harassment against women.

"We are proud to be a White Ribbon Australia Workplace and play our part in responding to and ending gendered violence," said Julie Carroll, Executive Sponsor, Family & Domestic Abuse Support and Chief Human Resource Officer.

"Our participation in the accreditation process reflects our commitment to people and culture at the heart of our business. It means everyone should feel they belong, feel that they matter.”

In 2022, Serco established a Family and Domestic Abuse (FDA) Working Group whose focus is to develop initiatives for those requiring support for family and domestic abuse. The White Ribbon accreditation stands as a key outcome of this group, aimed at ensuring our colleagues are equipped with the knowledge and resources to better understand what domestic abuse and sexual harassment is, how to identify it, and actions that can be taken to address and prevent it.

Executive Sponsor of Family & Domestic Abuse Support and Serco Defence Managing Director, Clint Thomas AM, CSC, said Serco's decision to pursue internationally recognised workplace accreditation with White Ribbon signals to our people, customers, and communities that we are focused on our purpose to 'impact a better future.'

"Whether in the workplace or broader community, we all have a responsibility to stand up and speak out against behaviours that contribute to gendered violence," Thomas said.

"Serco strives to provide an inclusive and safe working environment for all colleagues at all levels, underpinned by respect, wellbeing, and equality."

To achieve accreditation, organisations must meet 12 criteria under three standards to create a safer and more respectful workplace which is taking active steps to stop violence against women. The program is internationally recognised and to date has reached more than 600,000 employees nationally.

White Ribbon Australia is a part of a global social movement working to eliminate gendered violence, striving for an Australian society where all women and children are safe, including in our workplaces.