We want a positive and welcoming work environment that is free from harassment and discrimination, where the individual differences of employees are valued. A workforce that reflects the communities we serve helps us better understand our members and meet their needs. For these reasons, we have an Employee Diversity strategy, supported by a Diversity in Action team.
Compared with other financial institutions, we employ a greater proportion of people belonging to a visible minority group and women in senior management roles. People identifying themselves as being of Aboriginal descent continue to be underrepresented in our workforce, as do people with disabilities. By 2015 we want our workforce to exceed the labour rates of people in both these groups. While continuing to promote diversity in general, our current focus is on people with disabilities.
We began a facilities and workplace review in 2012 to identify and eliminate physical barriers to an accessible workplace. Changes we’ve begun to make included installing hearing call induction loops and automated door openers in some locations. We plan to continue to identify ways to build a culture that is supportive of diversity, and to work with partners in our recruitment outreach efforts.