Rio Tinto Yarwun January 31, 2017.
Rio Tinto Yarwun January 31, 2017. Mike Richards GLA3102017REOY

Rio Tinto recognised for standing up to violence against women

RIO Tinto's Yarwun Alumina Refinery has been recognised by White Ribbon Australia for taking a stand against violence against women.

According to executive, Stephen McIntosh, Rio Tinto is the first global mining company in Australia to become an accredited White Ribbon workplace.

After spending the past 18-months working towards the accreditation the company said they were supporting families and communities affected by family and domestic violence through the Family and Domestic Violence Policy.

At the Yarwun Alumina Refinery, the policy includes access to counselling, additional leave, flexible working arrangements and emergency assistance for all employees who seek support.

"We are proud to be recognised as the first global mining company in Australia to become an accredited White Ribbon workplace, whereby we are committed to breaking the cycle of violence against women," Mr McIntosh said.

"(This) reinforces we are committed to creating safe, gender equal and respectful workplaces and that we are well-equipped to support our employees and communities."

White Ribbon chief executive officer Libby Davies said Rio Tinto had "something to be very proud of."