About the Workplace Dignity Institute
(Reg. No. 041-544-NPO)
The Workplace Dignity
Institute is committed to reduce or minimise physical and/or emotional workplace
violence and interrelated people problems in the workplace resulting in work
trauma, by establishing a culture of dignity and respect in the workplace in
South Africa and internationally.
It is Workplace Dignity Institute's vision to have the
right to dignity and respect in the workplace entrenched in the labour laws of
South Africa specifically all countries in general and to see such protection
applied with vigour, diligence and commitment.
Institute's main objectives are:
To promote and facilitate the Management of Dignity in the Workplace with
To promote the responsibilities of the Right to Dignity at Work with all
To ensure that supportive services and structures are available for the
Victims to exercise their Right to Dignity at Work or to receive treatment to
recover from an incident of infringement of (1) and (2) above.
Institute's secondary objectives are:
It is expected that the development of a culture of dignity and respect
in the workplace would spill over to the community with the following benefits:
Reduce violence in the community;
Greater awareness and protection of the rights of society's more
vulnerable members namely women and children;
Sensitivity about work-life integration and awareness for the dignity of
The improvement of interpersonal relationships within the family and
Less stress when people go home and therefore more balanced and happy
Healthy and safe work environment
To promote good corporate governance and more transparency.
To promote the principles of human rights and democracy in the workplace.
There are two types of membership:
Persons who accepted and invitation by the Founder, to be a member serving on
the Board of the Institute with a right to vote on policies.
If a person wants to become a member of the Institute, she or he will have to
can only be introduced through a member of the Institute and seconded by a
second member. The Management Committee has the right to refuse.
Friends of the Workplace Dignity Institute:
Non-voting members who pay an annual fee to receive a newsletter and any
services and benefits the Institute may offer to the Friends of WDI.
- A non-voting membership of public and private enterprises who endorse the
Institute's principles for dignity in the workplace and receive membership
benefits from the Institute at an annual subscription fee.
a member please request a membership form from:
Members: Dr Susan Steinman (Founder/Chair), Prof Andy Beke, Prof Anton Senekal,
Ms Mathapelo Foster, Ms Premie Govender.