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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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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