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Equip signs Women in Super charter to end domestic violence

Superannuation  |  5/12/2016  |   2 min read

Equip has strengthened its public commitment to creating a supportive workplace for employees by signing the Women in Super charter. It builds on earlier internal policy changes committing Equip to assisting any employee affected by domestic violence.

Sandra Buckley, Executive Officer for Women in Super said that the charter, “sends a strong message that, as an industry and concerned individuals, we do not accept family violence and will endeavour to enable any women amongst us touched by this issue to continue to maintain their employment and financial security, and offer them support.”

Women in Super is a not-for-profit organisation advocating for better retirement outcomes for women. It recognises that there are particular challenges faced by employees who are victims of family violence that existing policies may not recognise – the need to make multiple court appearances often at short notice, being prevented from leaving the house to go to work, being threatened while at work and having no access to finances.

Equip’s Executive Officer, People and Culture, Sarah Guthleben, said the fund wanted to support employees who may have experienced domestic violence, and ensure a safe and secure workplace for them and their colleagues. “Equip will not tolerate domestic violence within or from the workplace and this measure is a reflection of our broader commitment to enhancing the personal wellbeing of our employees.”

Speaking at the official launch, Cate Wood, National Chair for Women in Super said, “The superannuation industry has a long history and tradition of supporting women and families in the workplace and it is important that as a group of employers, we take a stand against family violence by committing to a number of measures, including creating a family violence policy and supporting employees and members who have been impacted by family violence.

“We are heartened by the commitment shown by our industry, CEOs and their teams to understand and respond to the challenges of domestic violence, and that so many funds and service providers have already adopted the Charter.”

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