TORONTO, June 1, 2022 /CNW/ - Scotiabank is proud to announce new diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in celebration of Pride month, to foster greater opportunities and advance inclusion and belonging of LGBT+ communities globally.
As part of the Bank's renewed Diversity and Inclusion Goals, developed to increase the diversity of its employee population over the next five years, Scotiabank is introducing a new goal to increase representation in Canada of employees who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or another diverse sexual orientation to 7% or greater by 2025. We also foster the inclusion for trans and non-binary employees, and current representation of employees in Canada who identified their gender as a diverse gender identity surpasses the Canadian Census data on the representation of trans and non-binary people.
To further support the communities in which it operates, Scotiabank is launching a new community engagement platform, Spark by Benevity, designed to empower employees to demonstrate allyship and giving by connecting them directly with opportunities to give back in their local communities and around the globe. Through Spark, employees can search and engage with more than two million charities worldwide for all their personal giving, volunteering, and corporate matching programs including organizations supporting LGBT+ people like The 519, Rainbow Railroad and Outright Action International. Over the past year, Scotiabank employees dedicated 129,000 volunteer hours globally across various causes and not-for-profit organizations in their local communities.
"We believe that diverse backgrounds, identities, and perspectives makes us stronger, as a team within Scotiabank and for the diverse communities we serve every day," said Barb Mason, Group Head and Chief Human Resources Officer, Scotiabank. "By increasing representation and empowering employees with new ways to be active allies to LGBT+ people in their local communities, we're striving to create a culture of inclusion and belonging where everyone can show up as their whole selves and thrive at work and in their communities."
During Pride month, and every month of the year, Scotiabank's commitment to building inclusive workplaces, fostering opportunities for LGBT+ communities, and building a culture of belonging for LGBT+ employees, customers and communities across the diverse communities it serves include:
For more information on Scotiabank's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, visit: https://www.scotiabank.com/ca/en/about/our-company/diversity-and-inclusion.html
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