Procter & Gamble Canada is marking Pride Month with two events for employees to discuss diversity, equity and inclusion issues.
On June 14, the consumer goods company will host a roundtable discussion for employees, providing an open forum to talk about LGBTQ2S+ topics, share resources and answer questions, says Lisa Reid, country manager at P&G Beauty Canada. “We’re really trying to assist [employees with] supporting their families.”
P&G Canada will also host a fireside chat on June 23 with motivational speaker Spencer West, a well-known advocate for both the LGBTQ2S+ and disabled communities. “We’re going to discuss his journey and the importance of leveraging talent and how to be an ally both inside and outside the workplace,” says Reid.
In P&G Canada’s most recent internal survey, 92 per cent of employees who identified as LGBTQ2S+ said they feel they can bring their full selves to work. Reid says the company’s mission is to create allies and more safe spaces, so it has multiple employee resource groups that are sponsored at an executive level. She notes each group helps to raise awareness and, from a recruitment standpoint, they ensure the organization is reaching a diverse pool of potential employees.
And P&G Canada continues to provide an inclusive workplace program, which includes employee training. It also has a workplace inclusion certificate for its leadership team and new employees and continues to develop educational materials to make the workplace more inclusive, notes Reid.