Addressing GBVH and Building Respectful Workplaces
TOOL SUITE 4
WHAT’S IN THE TOOL SUITE?
Benefits of creating respectful workplaces
GBVH MITIGATION PROMOTES STAFF WELLBEING
TOOL SUITE 4
HOW TO USE THIS TOOL SUITE
What is the Impact of GBVH on Your Business and Community?
- Use the roadmap to get an overview of how your organization can address GBVH as a workplace issue and build respectful workplaces that improve employee and community well-being.
- Read the business case to understand how GBVH affects your business, employees, and the communities in which you operate.
- Access guidance on finding and assessing GBVH data specific to your company and the legal obligations that may apply to your company.
- Research what supports are available for survivors and perpetrators of GBVH in the locations that your business operates.
- Conduct a gender safety audit. For an overview of gender smart safety and a case study, see Tool 4.6.
- Collect data through employee engagement mechanisms. Let your approach to measurement be guided by a focus on the survivor-centered approach – i.e. empowering the employee by prioritizing their rights, needs, and wishes. Make respect, confidentiality, and safety the core objectives of all interventions (see box 4I)
- Adapt the sample questions to include questions about worker safety and perceptions in your employee engagement surveys. Since you should not ask your employees about their personal experiences of GBVH, you must hire an expert if you want to conduct interviews or survey your employees.
- Access a sample term of reference (ToR).
- If you are an IFC client, you will receive specialized support from IFC E&S specialists linked to IFC performance standards. Summary available here.
How Can You Take Action Against GBVH and Build Respectful Workplaces?
- Ensure leadership commitment by using the the business case to engage your leadership team.
- Checklist to publicly commit to address GBVH and model respectful behavior.
- Identify key staff to be focal points for GBVH and ensure they receive appropriate training.
- Develop/review policies and reporting and investigation mechanisms.
- Build awareness about the company’s GBVH commitment and initiatives.
- Support self-care for employees facing GBVH issues.
How Can You Institutionalize GBVH Initiatives for Lasting Change?
- Maintain a confidential record of complaints and actions taken, including details of support to survivors and disciplinary actions taken. Adjust actions at the company level as needed based on lessons learned.
- Track changes in knowledge, attitudes, and behavior using a theory of change. Be aware that the work of changing culture is often complex and long-term, and therefore requires time and continued efforts.
- Collect data through employee engagement mechanisms.
GBVH AND RESPECTFUL WORKPLACES
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Source: UN Women
EXAMPLES AND CASE STUDIES
IFC Respectful Workplaces Program
Corporate Social Responsibility & GBVH
Waka Mere: Fifteen of the largest companies in the Solomon Islands committed to measures to promote gender equality in the workplace. Through the Waka Mere Commitment to Action, they work toward at least one of three goals: promote more women in leadership, build respectful and supportive workplaces, and increase opportunities for women in jobs traditionally held by men.