Cultivating the Best Teams

We compete and thrive by attracting and retaining the best talent from a broad and diverse talent pool. We equip all teammates with the tools they need to understand their roles in building a fair, inclusive environment and give them access to structures and systems that consider the individual’s unique needs.

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Goals & Progress

Highlights of How We’re Making a Difference

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Learn, Listen and Take Action

We have an established Diversity and Inclusion strategy which outlines a path forward for systemic change and is endorsed and monitored by the Board of Directors. We are striving to make a meaningful shift to an inclusive environment and improve diversity organizationally... Read More

To enable progress on our Diversity and Inclusion strategy, we have prioritized outcomes that include: strengthening our management capabilities through inclusive leadership development, building employee understanding and engagement through targeted actions around sensitivity awareness and bias mitigation, embedding Diversity and Inclusion into key people practices such as hiring and establishing a baseline for diversity to identify actions and measure progress.

As part of this journey, we are accelerating action plans to improve upon the systemic racial issues and inequities faced by marginalized communities that impact a fair and equitable workplace. We are listening to our teammates internally to better understand the barriers that they are facing, and we are building partnerships with the right people outside of our Company who can help us chart a thoughtful and informed path forward for real change. This will take time, but we are committed to listening, learning and ultimately making meaningful changes.Read Less

We Need the Best People

To advance our leadership position within the grocery industry, we need to select the best people from a broad and diverse talent pool. To that end, we are systematically enhancing our recruiting and people development processes to ensure fairness and to broaden our talent pools, including store management training programs, leadership succession and hiring.

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Inclusive Policies and Programs Support Meaningful Culture Change

Fostering a culture of inclusion has focused on strengthening our inclusive leadership capabilities with senior leaders and embedding Diversity and Inclusion in organizational policies and programs. Examples of this include: Flexible Work Arrangements and Flex Days policies, and enhanced benefits support for maternity and parental leaves and for employee gender transitioning... Read More

Critical to fostering an inclusive environment is employee engagement and awareness building. Organization-wide awareness and education is facilitated through key campaigns for Black History Month, International Women’s Day, PRIDE, National Indigenous History Month and Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Ongoing awareness and education is supported by key partnerships established with Catalyst, Canadian Centre of Diversity and Inclusion, Network of Executive Women and Pride at Work. In addition to our existing partnerships, we welcome and actively seek new opportunities to engage with community and advocacy organizations at the local, regional and national levels to support our Diversity and Inclusion objectives. Read Less

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