Employers can help reduce Family Violence menace

Good Governance is more meaningful with safer homes

Venkat Raman

The increasing incidence of Family Violence (now addressed by the New Zealand Police as ‘Family Harm’) is a national challenge and its furtherance can be checked if employers undertake to help their affected staff with education and understanding.

Sir Stephen Tindall believes that addressing Family Violence is a corporate responsibility and should be incorporated as an aspect of Good Governance.

Sir Anand Satyanand Lecture

He was the Guest Speaker at the Eighth Annual Indian Newslink Sir Anand Satyanand Lecture held on Monday, July 9, 2018 at Pullman Hotel Auckland at which Ethnic Communities and Building & Construction Minister was the Master of Ceremonies, Auckland Mayor Phil Goff and former Member of Parliament Dr Rajen Prasad reflected on the Lecture.

Sir Stephen, Founder-Chairman of The Warehouse Group (TWG), said that the Company has a policy against Family Violence, conducting workshops for managers, untraceable phones for staff, time-off for employees to use sick, domestic or unpaid leave to support friends or families dealing with family violence.

Impacting Productivity

“Family Violence directly impacts on their productivity, absenteeism workplace relationships, engagement, retention and turnover. We believe that supporting staff experiencing family violence is simply the right thing to do,” he said.

The Tindall Foundation, which Sir Stephen established to promote community partnerships works in six areas, namely Supporting Families and Social Services, Environment, Enterprise and Employment, Promoting Generosity and Giving, Strengthening the Third Sector and Special Funds (Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Fund, other disaster relief, overseas initiatives and trustee discretion).

“Our giving to communities and organisations is far more than simply donating money. We work in many ways to support them and the good work that they do,” he said.

Guests of Honour

Among those who attended the Lecture were Indian High Commissioner Sanjiv Kohli, Judge Ajit Singh, Former Reserve Bank of New Zealand Governor Dr Don Brash, Members of Parliament Melissa Lee, Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, Paul Goldsmith, Alfred Ngaro, Dr Parmjeet Parmar, Simeon Brown, Michael Wood, Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Sponsors Rahul Dosshi, Bhavini Doshii, Rakesh Naidoo, Police District Commanders Superintendents Karyn Malthus, Tusha Penny, Guest Speakers and Masters of Ceremonies and commentators in yesteryears Vino Ramayah, Mai Chen, Brian Stephenson and hundreds of other distinguished people.

Sir Anand said that the values we hold dear in life are not any individual birth-right.

Commitment to values

“They are grounded in the values absorbed from others. I have had that benefit with parents, a strongly supportive contributing spouse, teachers, role models and mentors which helped form a core for the approaches I have adopted in a number of roles. Working for the benefit of anything worthwhile for the public means a commitment to accountability, transparency and good governance,” he said.

 

 

Sir Anand Satyanand, Sir Stephen Tindall, Jenny Salesa, Phil Goff, Dr Rajen Prasad, Paul Goldsmith, Michael Wood

District Commanders Superintendents Karyn Malthus (City District) and Tusha Penny (Waitemata District) Phil Goff and Sir Stephen Tindall at the Lecture

The Satyanand Family (from left( Anya, Vijay, Lady Susan, Sir Anand and Tara Satyanand

(Indian Newslink Pictures by Narendra Bedekar, Creative Eye Informatics)

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