Telco Together’s Industry Impact Hub brings the telecommunications industry together to establish collaborative industry approaches to issues confronting our community.
Through the Industry Impact Hub we will:
- Create projects that build on the industry’s strengths of technology, reach and resources.
- Identify approaches that benefit from industry wide involvement and can be scaled to support the wider community.
- Work with members to deliver tangible and measurable outcomes.
- Seek opportunities for greater engagement between the industry and the non-profit sector.
Domestic and Family Violence and Modern Slavery have been identified by members as the initial areas for collective action.
Domestic and Family Violence
In Australia, one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner and one in four children are exposed to domestic violence. (Our Watch 2017) This issue has become so prevalent that most Australians will experience it directly or indirectly in their lifetime.
Members are keen to share information and to identify any gaps that could limit progress in adopting industry standards to protect their employees and customers impacted by Domestic and Family Violence (DFV).
The inaugural DFV Round table was held in May 2019. Members including Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Vocus, Aussie Broadband and Cisco were unanimous that industry wide approaches can be undertaken to create positive leadership to support victims and reduce incidents of domestic violence.
The Commonwealth Government recently introduced the Modern Slavery Act, which requires organisations to identify and respond to the risks of modern slavery in their operations and supply chains.
The Modern Slavery Round Table was held in June 2019 and was well attended with representatives from Optus, Telstra, Vodafone, Vocus, Aussie Broadband and Amaysim. Members recognised the need to drive both operational and cultural change to reduce the instances of modern slavery throughout the telco supply chain network, with the potential to increase awareness throughout organisations by improving workplace practices; ultimately making an impact on the pervasive crime that is international slavery.
For more information on our next Modern Slavery Workshop Series or to find out how you can get involved in the Industry Impact Hub please reach out via direct email to General Manager, Warren Sainsbury.