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AstraZeneca is supporting its LGBTQ2S+ workers and drawing new talent with a new employee resource group. The AZPride Canada ERG will focus on providing social support, as well as career and employment development and education, for LGBTQ2S+ workers. The group recently co-hosted several Pride Month events, including a lunch using vendors from the LGBTQ2S+ community, […]

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Manulife Financial Corp. is supporting its LGBTQ2S+ employees during Pride Month and beyond with speaker sessions and ongoing enhancements to its benefits plan. Throughout June, the insurer held numerous webinars, speaker series and learning sessions that continue to educate employees and support the company’s LGBTQ2S+ workers, said Michelle Taylor-Jones, the company’s global chief diversity, equity and […]

Editorial: Looking back — and ahead — in an unprecedented year

The much-deserved, overdue and rising attention bestowed on diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace over the last couple of years is a win-win for employers and employees — but it’s vital that a DEI focus goes beyond ideas and words and translates into action. Benefits Canada is seeing action across the industry, by benefits […]

By introducing gender affirmation and fertility benefits coverage, DuPont Canada is aligning its benefits plan with its multinational diversity, equity and inclusion strategy. It all started with an informative webinar and Kelly Desautels’ own personal experience. In July 2021, the organization’s human resources leader was invited to a lunch and learn session on LGBTQ2S+ perspectives […]

In response to the race riots in Rochester, N.Y. in the 1960s, the chief executive officer of Xerox Holdings Corp. and its Black employees decided to start a group for Black workers to safely discuss their shared experiences and advocate for change. Since this first known example of an employee resource group, many different types […]

An in-depth look at LGBTQ+ benefits

Scotiabank is marking Pride Month by setting new targets for LGBTQ2S+ representation and connecting employees with volunteering opportunities in a range of communities. Dominic Cole-Morgan, senior vice-president of total rewards with responsibility for diversity and inclusion, says the bank is working toward a representation target of seven per cent in Canada by 2025, noting the […]

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A third of investment organizations participating in the CFA Institute’s recent diversity, equity and inclusion program said they’ve trained between 81 and 99 per cent of their employees in detecting unconscious bias or practicing inclusive leadership, according to a new survey. The survey — conducted across 41 investment organizations that participated in the 2020 program […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 16, 2021 September 15, 2021
  • 12:00

Words and imagery have the power to connect, evoke emotion and elicit a reaction. They also have the power to be inclusive, or exclusive, and employers can now harness that power for good to ensure they’re creating an inclusive workplace for everyone. If you received an email written in language you couldn’t relate to, would […]

  • By: Tom Milne
  • June 22, 2021 October 25, 2021
  • 09:00