MONTREAL, Oct. 18, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - Rio Tinto today announced a package of measures to protect and support employees inNorth America who are experiencing domestic and family abuse, or who have an immediate relative who is experiencing abuse.
Employees can now access up to 10 days of paid extra leave, flexible work hours, financial
Rio Tinto will also provide training to equip leaders and human resources team members with the knowledge and skills to address family and domestic violence issues.
Rio Tinto Aluminium chief executive Alf Barrios said "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.
"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."
Rio Tinto is being supported in its roll-out of the measures by Michael Kaufman, co-founder of White Ribbon, a global campaign of men working to end violence against women.
Dr Kaufman said "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.
"This is an issue in communities around the world and we all must play a role in ending it."
The package of measures include:
The measures were implemented by Rio Tinto in Australia last year, where the company is now White Ribbon accredited.
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