Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at DECIEM
Where we stand.
We are committed to making meaningful, measurable changes in the lives of our employees. We have taken the following steps to create long lasting, meaningful change in our company. These initiatives fall under four categories: Awareness and Education, Leadership and Representation, Accountability and Reporting, and Social Impact.
Awareness and Education.
DECIEM has created a new Diversity, Equity,and Inclusion Board to
serve as a platform for humans from all walks of life, including
those who identify as LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, and/or possess some form of
disability. This team is made up of employees across different
geographies, departments, levels, and demographics, and will
contribute to all plans and decision-making matters at DECIEM.
We have also held, and continue to hold, listening sessions with our CEO and VP of People, to provide opportunities for diverse groups at DECIEM to directly communicate their experiences.
For example, DECIEM held a listening session with Parting The
Roots, a platform to educate on the history, politics, and
significance of Black hair and the Black Canadian identity.
Moreover, we worked on amplifying the Asian community’s voice to
raise anti-Asian hate awareness through numerous internal and
external educational sessions.
We are implementing mandatory and ongoing diversity training for all employees, including deeper bias and inclusion training for leadership.
Lastly, DECIEM offers our team one-on-one counselling and mental health support.
Leadership and Representation.
To foster stronger relationships, DECIEM is developing a mentorship
program, partnering senior leaders with BIPOC colleagues for two-way
Our leadership team is working on formalizing representational targets across all levels, with senior leadership as our top priority for change.
Moreover, we are implementing diversity scorecards for all managers, as part of their performance evaluations.
Finally, DECIEM plans to partner with Toronto-based organizations in the near future to create internship and employment opportunities for those who identify as BIPOC.
Accountability and Reporting.
Tracking and communicating DECIEM’s progress and long-term commitment
is key to ensuring we strive for a truly equal society. Moving
forward, we will be publishing our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
report on an annual basis.
DECIEM has always had a zero-tolerance policy for racist and discriminatory behavior. In order to ensure this is reinforced, we are implementing anti-racism and anti-oppression agreements in contracts for all humans. We are also introducing an anonymous feedback line for comments, concerns, and ideas.