Originally published: September 26, 2017
Canadian employers overwhelmingly agree on the benefits of having a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace, but only one in 10 strongly agree that they take advantage of those benefits, according to a new report out today from the Royal Bank of Canada and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship.
"Diversity and Inclusion: We're not doing enough" is based upon an extensive survey of 64 leading organizations that collectively employ 1.2 million Canadians, as well as a series of follow-up interviews and roundtables. Developed for the 6 Degrees Citizen Space conference, the findings paint a mixed view of the progress being made on diversity and inclusion in the Canadian workplace.
"The purpose was not to paint a rosy picture or pat ourselves on the back for diversity well done," said John Stackhouse, senior vice president at RBC. "We found the majority of organizations surveyed see themselves as being diverse; however, while they are successful at building diverse workplaces, the next step of inclusion often remains elusive".