In July of this year, we published a statement of support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement and outlined our commitment to ensure our workplace and employment practices are as inclusive as possible. We vowed to update you on our progress to maintain accountability and transparency - and we intend to keep our promise.
In the past five months, we enacted the following measures:
Creation of the Black Pencil Fund - an annual commitment to BIPOC scholarships, partnering with registered educators supporting our industry
Implementation of the Rooney Rule - a policy requiring at least one woman and one member of a minority group to be considered for every open job position
Implementation of mandatory employee training - outlining unconscious bias, creating change, and communicating through culturally sensitive issues
Creation of a Diversity and Inclusion education allowance - imploring each employee to educate themselves using recommended materials and training programs
Completion of Diversity and Inclusion survey - allowing the leadership team to set priorities and benchmarks for future progress
Addition of Diversity and Inclusion statement on all on-boarding materials - conveying the importance of inclusivity in our workplace from day one
At Leo Burnett Toronto, we believe that diversity of thought leads to better ideas, and in turn, better work overall. We are committed to fostering an inclusive workplace where everyone we work with feels welcomed, safe and supported regardless of race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age.
We strive to create a working environment where employees, supply partners and clients alike can reach their potential while being their authentic selves.
We will continue to inform you on important actions we are taking as a business.