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    RESPECT: GWMWater White Ribbon committee members, from left, Mason Cramp, Breanna Russell, Kane Clark, Maddy Nitschke, Patrick Quaine, Anne Rudge, committee chairman Craig Turvey, Penny Flynn and Stephan Le Roux, with managing director Mark Williams. Absent committee members include Calum McAlpine, Colleen McCann and Brenten Hogan.

GWMWater affirms equality, respect

GWMWater has achieved White Ribbon accreditation following a year-long campaign working towards the prevention of violence against women.

The White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program recognises organisations that make a commitment to stop violence against women, meeting 15 criteria under three standards to create a safer and more respectful workplace.

GWMWater is the second Victorian water corporation and one of only a handful of organisations in the region to achieve the three-year accreditation.

The 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, within both the workplace and the broader community.

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Managing director Mark Williams said the vision and mission of White Ribbon Australia aligned with GWMWater’s commitment to provide a supportive workplace environment, which embraced an inclusive and flexible workplace culture and protects people through safe practices.

“Violence against women – whether it occurs in or beyond the workplace – impacts on the health and safety of employees, their wellbeing and their productivity,” he said. 

“It impacts on workplace culture, organisational reputation and how we achieve our strategic objectives.

“We wanted to become accredited so we could demonstrate our commitment to providing a safe, inclusive and progressive workplace of choice for women.”

Mr Williams acknowledged staff members who made up an internal White Ribbon committee that ensured the organisation met all relevant criteria.

“It took leadership within all levels of our organisation to achieve accreditation and a whole of organisation commitment,” he said.

“I’m extremely proud of our whole team for demonstrating a culture of zero tolerance of violence against women.”

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