How do we become a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace?

Becoming an accredited Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace is simple two step process.

Step 1.  Work through the BFW toolkits to become accreditation ready.

Step 2.  Apply for an accreditation audit.

BFW Accreditation: What is involved? (the details)

  • Appoint a project leader. 
  • Work through the three toolkits to put requirements in place for BFW accreditation. Typically 3-6 months for small to medium organisations, 6-9 months for large or multi-site organisations. 
  • For complex organisations or trouble-shooting, consultations can be purchased from the BFW team if required.
  • Once you are ready, submit your application. 
  • The accreditation audit fee will be based on the size of your organisation (including number of employees and numbers of sites). Organisations that have purchased all three toolkits in the previous 12 months will receive a discount. Complete the BFW Expression of Interest form to enquire about accreditation fees. 
  • An audit will be arranged upon your acceptance of the accreditation audit quotation. 
  • Depending on the size of your organisation, the audit team will comprise a lead consultant and team who will assess your physical facilities, policies/procedures and communication strategy. 
  • On completion of the audit, the lead consultant will advise your organisation in writing (within two weeks of final site audit) if you have met the required standard for BFW accreditation. 
  • Should your organisation be found Not Yet Compliant in one or more areas, the lead consultant will provide you with a written report outlining the areas of non-compliance and any recommendations to meet these. A one month time frame will be set within which your organisation is required to implement the recommendations, following which a partial re-assessment will occur (at no additional cost). 
  • After the partial re-assessment (focusing only on the areas of non-compliance) accreditation will proceed if your organisation meets all requirements. 
  • In the unlikely event that areas of non-compliance still exist, accreditation will not be granted and additional fees (up to 40% of original accreditation audit fee) will be charged if you wish to proceed to a 3rd assessment.