Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Hiring to reflect diversity isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s also good for business - VANCOUVER SUN

by Lisa Paley
Originally published: August 4, 2017
Publisher: VancouverSun.com 

It’s Pride season in Vancouver, which means the days are hotter, the nights are more fun and the city is out in full force celebrating diversity, individuality and love. The social scene feels more festive than usual, but there’s also a noticeable difference at the corporate level. Businesses across Canada are showing their support for Pride and getting more involved in the conversation about diversity.

As a lesbian and proud member of the LGBTQ community, I’m especially proud of the values that the corporate sector has so willingly embraced for so many years. In the case of my own organization, we currently support 63 Pride festivals and celebrations across North America, and are now in our eighth year as presenting sponsor of the Vancouver Pride Parade, which is always a huge highlight of my year.

But Pride is about more than feather boas and rainbows (although those are essential elements of any great celebration); it’s about marking the important milestones that we have achieved together as a community 365 days a year. It’s a time when we can look back at the way things used to be and feel optimistic about the progress we’ve made. As we celebrate Vancouver’s Pride Parade and Festival it feels amazing to reflect upon how far we’ve come, but it’s equally important to consider where we’re going. And with a specialty in human resources, I obviously can’t help but focus on the importance of hiring a diverse and inclusive workforce.