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Diversity in the workplace is a priority for National Bank

The National Bank is committed to being at the forefront in terms of diversity and inclusion. To that end, at the request of employees, an internal network for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community was recently set up at the Bank.

The goal of the network is to enable employees to access resources and help maintain the Bank’s inclusive working environment.

National Bank makes a difference in the LGBT community
National Bank’s donations and sponsorship of many LGBT events demonstrate its commitment to the LGBT community:

– Since 2009, we have sponsored Aires Libres, an event that turns Saint Catherine Street in the gay village into a pedestrian zone from May to September,
– Since 2008, we have sponsored Gala Arc-en-ciel of the Conseil québécois des gais et lesbiennes, which recognizes the community involvement of LGBT community members,
– Since 2006, we have teamed with Fondation Émergence / Gai Écoute to present the Fight Against Homophobia Award,
– In 2012, a $10,000 donation was made to GRIS-Montréal, an organization that fights homophobia by raising awareness in schools.

The Bank was also named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers (all forms of diversity) in 2011 and 2012.

Embracing diversity in the workplace
To maintain an inclusive workplace and to attract a diverse pool of talent, National Bank has decided to collaborate with Pride at Work, an organization that promotes best practices for LGBT inclusion.

Our partnership with Pride at Work has many objectives:

–  Share best practices for inclusion of LGBT community members,
– Organize conferences and seminars on work-related issues that affect the LGBT community,
– Plan networking activities to break the isolation of LGBT members in the workplace,
– Advertise the Bank’s job postings to a larger LGBT audience.

National Bank has also teamed up with Equitek in order to reach the most diverse talent across Canada. With Equitek, the Bank’s job postings are distributed to more than 800 organizations that champion diversity.

Increasing our efforts to attract diverse talent
With these partnerships, National Bank is increasing its efforts to attract diverse talent, most notably by publicizing career opportunities to an even larger pool of potential candidates.

Both Pride at Work and Equitek offer National Bank valuable expertise and best practices for diversity in the workplace.

Links:
Aires Libres
Gala Arc-en-ciel
Conseil québécois des gais et lesbiennes
Fondation Émergence
Gai Écoute
Fight Against Homophobia Award
Canada’s Best Diversity Employers
Pride at Work
Equitek

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