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    1. 1. Leveraging Corporate Community Partnerships for Women’s Programs Hyatt Hotel Amman, Jordan 3-4 November, 2007 Implementing Workplace Awareness Programs and Employee Engagement Dennis Butler Vice President, Workplace Solutions Liz Claiborne Inc.
    2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>Overview of Liz Claiborne’s workplace awareness and employee engagement programs </li></ul><ul><li>Exploring application in Jordan and beyond </li></ul><ul><li>How to start a program </li></ul><ul><li>Action planning </li></ul>
    3. 3. Employee Engagement and Workplace Awareness Programs at Liz <ul><li>Employee Engagement/Volunteerism </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Liz Claiborne Foundation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Liz Associates Committed To Service (LizACTS) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Workplace Awareness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Love Is Not Abuse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Domestic Violence in the Workplace Program </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Employee Engagement/Volunteerism at Liz <ul><li>Liz Claiborne Foundation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Established 1981 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not for Profit Legal entity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Works to meet the needs of the communities in which we do business </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contributions of money and merchandise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Service programs encouraging volunteerism </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Employee Engagement/Volunteerism at Liz <ul><li>Community Service programs encouraging volunteerism </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Liz Associates Committed To Service (LizACTS) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helps employees gain balance and personal fulfillment in their lives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Program developed by a task force of employees </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Employee Engagement/Volunteerism at Liz <ul><li>Focus is helping women and families </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Homelessness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health and Environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Women’s Issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Youth Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AIDS </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Employee Engagement/Volunteerism at Liz <ul><li>Program Structure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Five teams based on areas of focus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3 Co-leaders per team </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Junior to mid-management level employees. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Organize/Manage projects </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Senior Sponsor for each team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provides guidance, support and awareness across company </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Executive Sponsor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Top level executive </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Policy support </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Linkage to highest level management </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Company- wide visibility of the program </li></ul></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Employee Engagement/Volunteerism at Liz <ul><li>Most events on weekends </li></ul><ul><li>Families can participate together </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Children who participate learn value of community service </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All levels of organization interact during the events </li></ul>
    9. 9. Employee Engagement/Volunteerism at Liz <ul><li>Some Events </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rehabilitating a Domestic Violence Shelter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collecting used mobile phones to be refurbished for women in abusive relationships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sorting and packing professional clothing for women entering the workforce </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helping a summer camps for abused and neglected children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Walkathons to raise money for Breast Cancer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collections of food, clothing and toys for families in need </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Employee Engagement/Volunteerism– Benefits to Business <ul><li>Increases morale </li></ul><ul><li>Fosters positive attitude in workplace </li></ul><ul><li>Breaks down barriers among employees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reinforces teamwork </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Builds commitment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Creates sense of community among employees </li></ul>
    11. 11. Employee Engagement/Volunteerism– Benefits to Business <ul><li>Provides employees opportunity for skill development, e.g., leadership, problem solving, public speaking, organization skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Positive Company image </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrates commitment of company and employees to the communities where businesses operate </li></ul>
    12. 12. Employee Engagement/Volunteerism– Benefits to Business <ul><li>Conference Board Survey 1997 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>70% Report improved public and community relations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>57% report greater employee commitment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>15% report more productive employees </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Making Employee Engagement Work in Jordan <ul><li>Small group discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Identify: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Possible areas for volunteerism locally </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Possible barriers to success </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Additional information/resources needed </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Workplace Awareness – Domestic Violence in the Workplace <ul><li>Awareness at Liz Claiborne </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on Domestic Violence (DV) began in 1991 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Important issue for our customers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Awareness Oriented </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Love Is Not Abuse Handbooks and Brochures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Launch of Love Is Not Abuse HS Curriculum </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Domestic Violence – What are we talking about? <ul><li>Domestic violence is abusive or coercive behavior between two people in an intimate relationship. </li></ul><ul><li>In the US, the highest risk factor for being involved with partner violence as an adult is exposure to violence between parents in family of origin. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Who does it affect? <ul><li>The US Justice Department and Centers for Disease Control found that nearly 25% of women, and about 7% of men say they have been assaulted by a current or former partner. </li></ul><ul><li>Internationally the Commonwealth Fund found that 1 in 3 women will be a victim of partner violence at some point in her lifetime. </li></ul>
    17. 17. Who does it affect? <ul><li>Demographic and Health Survey 2003 shows that 40 percent of Turkish Women accept that their husbands beat them - that same survey found that 63 percent of the young girls (15 - 19 years old) surveyed felt that beatings in the marriage could be justified. </li></ul><ul><li>In Egypt, 35% of women reported being beaten by their husband </li></ul>
    18. 18. Who does it affect? <ul><li>1997 survey of Arab Israeli women reported: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>32% reported at least one episode of physical abuse by partner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>30% report sexual coercion by husband in previous year </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. Domestic Violence as an Issue in the Workplace <ul><li>Intimate partner’s behavior that interferes with associate’s ability to safely/securely perform duties at work. </li></ul>
    20. 20. Impact on Victim at Work <ul><li>21% of the employed adults polled were </li></ul><ul><li>victims– they indicated their ability to work was </li></ul><ul><li>impacted in the following ways: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>57% distraction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>45% fear of discovery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>40% harassment by abuser </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>38% lateness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>34% fear of abuser’s unexpected visits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>24% inability to complete jobs on time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>21% job loss </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>21% problems with boss </li></ul></ul>
    21. 21. Impact of Workplace <ul><li>25% of workplace problems rooted in family violence. </li></ul><ul><li>Victims lose the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs and nearly 5.6 million days of household productivity due to violence. </li></ul>
    22. 22. Costs to Employers and Society <ul><li>In the UK, time off work due to injuries caused by domestic violence costs employers and workers nearly £3 billion a year </li></ul><ul><li>In Australia, estimated national costs of domestic violence indicates that the largest cost burden of $4 billion AUD is borne by victims of domestic violence.  The next largest burden is on the general community, of $1.2 billion AUD.  The cost to the Federal Government is estimated at $848 million AUD .   </li></ul>
    23. 23. What is an Employer’s Role? <ul><li>Recognize – the signs </li></ul><ul><li>Respond – appropriately within the context of the workplace </li></ul><ul><li>Refer – to the professionals who can assist the employee </li></ul>
    24. 24. Creating A Workplace Program <ul><li>Step One : Organize a multi-disciplinary team to oversee the process </li></ul><ul><li>Human Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Legal </li></ul><ul><li>Security </li></ul><ul><li>Subject Matter Experts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Workplace social workers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NGOs working with battered women </li></ul></ul>
    25. 25. Creating A Workplace Program <ul><li>Step Two : Develop a corporate policy on Domestic violence </li></ul>
    26. 26. Creating a Workplace Program <ul><li>Step Three : Provide Training </li></ul><ul><li>Response protocol </li></ul><ul><li>Multidisciplinary Team (DVRT) </li></ul><ul><li>Managers </li></ul><ul><li>Employees </li></ul>
    27. 27. Creating a Workplace Program <ul><li>Step Four : Build awareness through workplace communications </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize, Respond, Refer </li></ul><ul><li>Posters </li></ul><ul><li>Brochures </li></ul><ul><li>Department Meetings </li></ul>
    28. 28. Creating a Workplace Program <ul><li>Step Five : Enlist employees’ help in ensuring the workplace is a violence-free zone </li></ul><ul><li>Step Six: Broaden communications to include members of the community including stakeholders in your industry and other organizations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.caepv.org </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence (UK) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.corporateallianceuk.com </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hurriyet’s campaign </li></ul></ul>
    29. 29. Developing a Domestic Violence Workplace Awareness Program In Jordan <ul><li>Small group discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Identify: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Possible barriers to success </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Additional information/resources needed </li></ul></ul>
    30. 30. Action Planning <ul><li>Choose either: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Employee Engagement/Volunteerism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Workplace Awareness/Domestic Violence </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Major issues that need to be addressed to move forward </li></ul><ul><li>Your commitment to next step </li></ul><ul><li>Report out to full group </li></ul>