Today, seven CEOs from large companies sign a Commitment Charter against gender-based violence. “OneInThreeWomen” is the proportion of women who are victims of physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime. “OneInThreeWomen” is also the name of the network of companies created by the FACE Foundation and the Kering Foundation, joined by Korian and L’Oréal as ambassadors and by BNP Paribas, Carrefour, SNCF and Lagardère through the ELLE Foundation.
The network “OneInThreeWomen” is part of the European initiative CEASE, co-funded by the DG Justice of the European Commission and co-led by the Act Against Exclusion Foundation (FACE), Pour La Solidarité, DIESIS and CSR Hellas.
«For the Korian group, where 82% of the 50,000 employees are women, fighting violence against women is a top priority. We know that we, companies, can play a major role, through prevention and awareness, as well as by listening to and supporting victims. That’s why we have set up a network of social workers and psychologists as well as a confidential listening device open to all. By joining the Cease network, we want to contribute even more actively to raising awareness and mobilizing everyone against this plague.» stated Sophie Boissard, Chief Executive Officer of the Korian group, Chairwoman of the Korian Foundation for Ageing Well.
A hinder to human dignity and a public health issue, gender-based violence has serious consequences on the physical and mental health of victims. It disrupts their private life but it also has an impact on their professional lives. According to DV@work studies, victims of domestic violence are likely to receive lower wages, to change position more frequently, to have more precarious jobs and more restrained possibilities to go to work.
The founding members of the “OneInThreeWomen” network call other companies to join this movement to include this new topic in their CSR policy. The objective is to create and experiment measures to fight violence against women in order to effectively support victims amongst their employees, in cooperation with specialized organizations. Concrete actions will be implemented such as online and face-to-face trainings to better understand domestic violence and its impact on work, sensitization kits bound for companies (posters, useful numbers, recommendations, etc.), mobilization events, etc.