On November 9th, CSR Hellas, Diesis, FACE and Pour La Solidarité launched the first European network of companies engaged in fighting gender-based violence, as part of the CEASE initiative co-funded by the DG Justice of the European Commission, in the Parisian premises of Kering, a member of the network. The network OneInThreeWomen, the part managed in France of this European initiative, was also officially launched.
This event gathered around a hundred of guests: employees, specialized NGOs, journalists and stakeholders (trade unions, European organizations, etc). Ten employers from France, Greece and Belgium – Kering, L’Oréal, Korian, BNP Paribas, Carrefour, ELLE Foundation, SNCF, Papastratos SA, PPC Renewables and SMart – signed a Commitment Charter to fight domestic violence.
These companies notably commit to:
- Create an egalitarian culture within their organization;
- Produce and/or implement policies, tools, trainings and processes for their HR services, management teams and all employees to respond to disclosure;
- Enable colleagues to openly talk and promote a supportive work environment for their co-workers survivors of violence.
On this occasion, CEOs present, François-Henri Pinault, Jean-Paul Agon and Sophie Boissard confirmed the requirement for companies to unite on this major 21st century societal issue.
Gérard Mestrallet, Chairman of FACE, clearly stated the ambition of this emerging network: the companies of tomorrow will have to be « 0 in 3 women », in reference to « 1 in 3 Women » being the number of women victims of physical or sexual violence throughout their life.