While we’ve supported diversity and inclusion (D&I) for many years, with efforts spearheaded by our Balance & Inclusiveness Committee since 2017, the past year was a tipping point for us – as it was for many companies.
Social unrest across North America spurred strong employee engagement and action to examine our policies, practices and advertising. We formed a task force to review and revise various workplace policies to ensure that all of our employees – including Black people, Indigenous Peoples, people of colour and those of various genders and abilities – feel safe and included, and are treated with respect and dignity.
On the heels of our June 2020 donation to the Black Health Alliance in Canada, we rolled out educational programs and resources on Black Lives Matter (BLM) topics. As issues persisted during the year, we launched internal forums discussing and denouncing anti-Asian hate and anti-Semitism, and social media campaigns during Black History, Asian Heritage and Pride months.