Advice for how to go beyond a ‘general commitment’ to diversity and inclusion

posted on January 13, 2021

January 8, 2021

By Greg Meckbach, Canadian Underwriter

Your organization may be committed to having a diverse and inclusive workplace, but you may need to go further than that, the Toronto-based Human Resources Professionals Association suggests in a recent report.

“A general commitment to diversity and inclusion is not enough,” Laura McGee, CEO of Diversio, stated in a release announcing the report. “Clients, customers, employees, shareholders – everyone expects organizations to make meaningful progress.”

HRPA and Diversio released a joint report, Diversity and Inclusion, this past December.

One way for your company to rise above the bare minimum is to implement a policy mandating interviews with every job applicant who submits a resume, and whose background is currently under-represented on the team to which they are applying, HRPA and Diversio suggested in the report.

Manulife Financial has collected data around gender and the Black, Indigenous and people of colour communities in Canada, said Michelle Taylor-Jones, Manulife’s vice president of global DEI, during a panel this past November at KPMG Canada’s annual insurance conference.

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