We compete and thrive by attracting and retaining the best talent from a broad and diverse talent pool. We equip all teammates with the tools they need to understand their roles in building a fair, inclusive environment and give them access to structures and systems that consider the individual’s unique needs.
The Women’s Inclusion Network (WIN) is a key activator to address barriers to the advancement of women identified through focus groups and other feedback mechanisms.
The WIN network provides development and networking opportunities to women on various topics and supports the development of the internal pipeline. The pilot of WIN started in March 2019 and has grown to include 789 active members in offices, distribution centres and retail stores.
To celebrate WIN and in recognition of International Women’s Day in 2020, we broadcasted a keynote speech from Arlene Dickinson, CEO of business accelerator District Ventures, across the entire organization. Store operators who excel in leadership and business were nominated for recognition, and on International Women’s Day were honoured for their contributions.
Despite the business challenges faced during the COVID-19 Pandemic, our WIN Committee has remained committed to maintaining regularly scheduled opportunities for our operations teams to connect via teleconferencing to engage in these important discussions.
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We have an established Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy which outlines a path forward for systemic change and is endorsed and monitored by the Board of Directors. We are striving to make a meaningful shift to an inclusive environment and improve diversity organizationally... Read More
To enable progress on our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy, we have prioritized outcomes that include: strengthening our leadership capabilities through inclusive leadership development, building employee understanding and engagement through targeted actions around sensitivity awareness and bias mitigation, embedding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion into key people practices such as hiring and establishing a baseline for diversity to identify actions and measure progress.
As part of this journey, we are accelerating action plans to improve upon the systemic racial issues and inequities faced by marginalized communities that impact a fair and equitable workplace. We are listening to our teammates to better understand the barriers that they are facing, and we are building partnerships with the right people who can help us chart a thoughtful and informed path forward for real change. This will take time, but we are committed to listening, learning and ultimately making meaningful changes. Read Less
The BlackNorth Initiative CEO Pledge is a key milestone of the BlackNorth Initiative, a movement from the Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism, that challenges senior business leaders to commit to specific actions and targets towards ending anti-Black systemic racism. Our commitment to the BlackNorth Initiative recognizes that Black people across Canada are underrepresented in our education systems, workforces, boardrooms and governments – and we know that companies like ours have the power to create change.
Our five key commitments include: .. Read More
To advance our leadership position within the grocery industry, we need to select the best people from a broad and diverse range of talents. To that end, we are systematically enhancing our recruiting and people development processes to ensure fairness and to broaden our talent pools, including store management training programs, leadership succession and hiring.
Fostering a culture of inclusion has focused on strengthening our inclusive leadership capabilities with senior leaders and embedding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in organizational policies and programs. Examples of this include: Flexible Work Arrangements and Flex Days policies, and enhanced benefits support for maternity and parental leaves and for employee gender transitioning... Read More
Critical to fostering an inclusive environment is employee engagement and awareness building. Organization-wide awareness and education is facilitated through key campaigns including Black History Month, International Women’s Day, PRIDE, National Indigenous History Month and Disability Employment Awareness Month.
Ongoing awareness and education is supported by key partnerships established with Catalyst, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, Network of Executive Women and Pride at Work. In addition to our existing partnerships, we welcome and actively seek new opportunities to engage with community and advocacy organizations at the local, regional and national levels to support our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion objectives. Read Less
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