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Just one in 10 Canadian employers strongly agrees that they take advantage of the benefits of a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace even as there is an overwhelming consensus that D&I initiatives are good for the company.

These were among the highlights of a report released this week by the Royal Bank of Canada and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship.

The report called “Diversity and Inclusion: We’re not doing enough” is based on a survey, interviews and roundtables among 64 leading organizations that collectively employ 1.2 million Canadians. The smallest organization had 500 employees; the biggest, 160,000.

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“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.

While the companies believed they were successful at building diverse workplaces, inclusion remains a challenge in Canadian workplaces.

“The next step of inclusion often remains elusive,” said Stackhouse.

The survey accompanies a companion work, “All of us: What we mean when we talk about inclusion,” authored by Sarmishta Subramanian, editor-in-chief of the Literary Review of Canada.

These publications form a comprehensive look at inclusion — what we mean when we talk about it, and what action Canadian employers can take to work toward an inclusive workplace.

“Engaging in this exercise starts a necessary conversation. We acknowledge our shortcomings and understand our successes,” said Charlie Foran, CEO, Institute for Canadian Citizenship.

The survey, done between July and September this year, was developed for the 6 Degrees Citizen Space conference.


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