South Africa has one of the highest incidences of domestic violence in the world. To resolve the problem in the workplace, Vodacom has stepped up its efforts to protect its employees from gender-based violence by implementing a new global policy. The policy supports employees affected by domestic violence or abuse because the impact of domestic violence or abuse does not just stop at home – it also has a considerable impact on the work life of those affected.
The support provided by the new policy includes an allocation of 10 days fully paid leave and makes available resources such as free access to the company’s Employee Assistance Program, which provides counselling and life management tools – as well as the 24-hour victim support and counselling call centre, the Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Command Centre.
In addition, Vodacom will be providing staff training and awareness on domestic violence and abuse and will offer new safety measures to victims at work, which could include location or schedule transfers and a change of work patterns and contact details where required.
Matimba Mbungela, Chief Human Resources Officer for Vodacom Group said: 'Throug...