Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has launched a domestic and family violence (DFV) pledge, including paid leave and emergency financial support.

This commitment is thought to be the first of its kind in the wine industry and will give all permanent and casual TWE team members experiencing DFV access to 10 days paid leave and financial support up to $5000.

TWE’s Chief People Officer Katie Hodgson said: “The work environment can often be the only place where someone experiencing domestic and family violence feels safe, so we have a responsibility to protect our team members and ensure their long-term welfare and safety.”

The support will extend to team members who are supporting people affected by DFV, with such staff also able to access 10 days of paid leave. Management and team leaders will also be provided with resources to assist them in recognising and responding to the signs of DFV.

Hodgson continued: “Our updated policy and guidelines will ensure any of our team members experiencing domestic and family violence feel safe and supported.”

“By setting standards, raising awareness, prompting conversations, and supporting those impacted, we can contribute towards the elimination of domestic and family violence in our communities.”

Hodgson believes that this new policy is reflective of TWE’s broader corporate culture. She said: “At TWE, we believe that human rights recognise the inherent value of each person and encompass the basic freedoms and protections that belong to every single one of us.”

“Our business and people can only thrive when human rights are safeguarded, and so we’re committed to providing a work environment where people are not only safe, but respected, valued and treated as equals.”

If you, or someone you know, has been affected by domestic and family violence, you can call 1800 737 732, for confidential information, counselling, and support, or visit the website here: https://1800respect.org.au/

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