Sustainable Agriculture Institute
Violence in the Workplace Policy
Policy brief & purpose
Our workplace violence policy aims to acquaint employees with what we consider workplace violence and ask them to report early signs or threats. We want to provide our employees with a safe workplace where mutual respect is a given. We ask everyone to be professional and ethical at work.
This policy applies equally to all employees, contractors, public visitors, clients, and anyone else whom employees come into contact during work.
“Workplace violence” refers to physical acts of violence or threats to harm a person or property. Abusive behaviors, whether verbal, psychological, or physical, are also considered violence.
- Verbal abuse can be using unwelcome, embarrassing, offensive, threatening, or degrading language.
- Psychological abuse is an act that provokes fear or diminishes a person’s dignity or self-esteem.
- Sexual abuse is any unwelcome verbal or physical assault.
We can’t always predict violent acts, but we ask managers and team members to be vigilant. Report any concerns or violent acts to HR as soon as possible.
Examples of violent behavior among co-workers include but are not limited to:
- Intimidating or bullying others
- Abusive language
- Physical assault
- Threatening behavior
- Concealing or using a weapon
- Sexual or racial harassment
We maintain the right to conduct periodic inspections, using reasonable methods, without employees’ consent or prior notice.
All supervisors and managers are responsible to implement our policies and ensure that all procedures are free of discrimination.
Employees who witness or suspect violence, or are victims of violence, can report to HR or their immediate supervisor. We will investigate quickly and discreetly. We aim to protect victims from harassment and victimization.
Our company doesn’t tolerate violence. Any such behavior will trigger appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including termination, removal from boards or committees, as well as potential criminal charges.