Rio Tinto gives employees experiencing abuse access to paid extra leave, flexible work hours, financial aid and emergency accommodation

Rio Tinto supports employees affected by domestic violence

Rio Tinto supports employees affected by domestic violence

Rio Tinto has created measures to protect and support employees in North America who are victims of domestic and family abuse, or who have an immediate relative who is experiencing abuse. These measures allow employees to access up to ten days of paid extra leave, flexible work hours, financial aid and emergency accommodation. Alongside this internal support, Rio Tinto also provides external training to equip leaders and human resources team members with the knowledge and skills to address family and domestic violence issues.

Making employees a number one priority

“The safety and wellbeing of the people who work with us is our number one priority at Rio Tinto and this extends to the home. Domestic abuse affects so many people throughout society and there is a clear role for employers to play in addressing this issue," said Rio Tinto Aluminium chief executive Alf Barrios. "For families affected by domestic or family abuse, having a supportive workplace can be a lifeline at a very difficult time. We hope taking this step will not only protect and support people in need, but help to educate and drive change in attitudes towards abuse.”

Receiving support from campaigns

Rio Tinto's introduction of these measures is being supported by Michael Kaufman, co-founder of White Ribbon, a global campaign of men working to end violence against women.

“This is a significant step to have Rio Tinto lead the way for companies in North America and really step up to play a role in addressing domestic and family abuse," said Dr Kaufman. "This is an issue in communities around the world and we all must play a role in ending it.”

Introducing important measures

Rio Tinto's package of measures include:

  • 10 days additional paid leave to employees who are victims or employees with immediate family who are victims of family and/or domestic violence and abuse
  • Advice and services for implementing safety plans to protect at-risk employees at work such as security, new telephone numbers, screening or blocking calls and email protection
  • Short-term financial assistance and emergency accommodation can also be provided as required to employees in need of immediate help
  • Access to 24 hours support services and a range of specialised assistance
  • Training for leaders and human resources teams to equip them with the skills to recognise and respond to issues of family and domestic violence in the workplace

The measures were implemented by Rio Tinto in Australia, where the company is White Ribbon accredited.

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