Human Rights are Good for Business
The Human Rights Commission is calling on more private and public organisations to support people in their organisations who are affected by family violence.
“Congratulations to Auckland University for implementing its family violence policy and family violence prevention and management guidelines for staff and students”, Human Rights Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue said.
“Auckland University joins other enlightened leaders including the GCSB and The Warehouse in having family violence policies that support workers who are experiencing domestic violence.
“We would like to challenge other organisations both in the public and private sector to follow suit”, Dr Blue said. “Supporting the human rights of workers is not just the right thing to do, it is also good for business.
“Businesses and organisations play an important role. Traumatised people bring their trauma to work with them every day as it is not something that can be automatically switched off.
“Providing support is the right thing to do at every level. For example, Auckland University supports students and staff affected by family violence through flexible work or study arrangements, leave, compassionate considerations and campus personal safety planning.
“Workplace protections can help reduce the cost of domestic violence and increase productivity. The support provided can make all the difference for someone dealing with family violence.
“This sort of corporate responsibility and good employer practice positions these organisations in the ‘best companies to work for’ category. And that’s good for business.”